It's coming...the dreaded Valentine's Day! If you're single, Valentine's Day can trigger feelings of self-doubt, self-worth, and confusion. Online daters can get through this day much easier by following these simple rules:
Do NOT schedule a blind date on V-Day!
This is the absolute worst thing to do as an online dater. Do not, under any circumstances, schedule a blind date on Valentine's Day. In fact, if you want to play it really safe, don't even schedule a date that whole weekend! Valentine's Day is too fraught with high romantic expectations. Getting to know someone on a blind date can be hard enough. Why complicate matters with adding in V-Day expectations? In fact...
Do not log-in to your dating accounts on February 14.
You have my permission: take the day off from dating on February 14. Yes, it is just another day on the calendar, but it's a day that's a status symbol for love and romance. It's completely okay to just skip out and start your dating search again on the 15th.
Remind yourself it's okay.
It's completely okay to be single on Valentine's Day. More than okay, it's a good thing. A lot of people in relationships wish they had more alone time. Take advantage of your current single status and revel in it! Go out with some other single friends to dinner, order takeout and watch a bad movie, or just go for a walk. It's been said many times that dating is a numbers game and you just haven't gotten to the right number. That's it, nothing more and nothing less.
Valentine's Day is about love.
Just because you may not be in a relationship yet, that doesn't mean there is not love in your life. It may sound cheesy, but take this day to remember that you are loved. You may not yet have found your partner, but there is almost certainly love among your family, your friends, or your pets.
If all else fails, remember that V-Day is just one day a year. And it could be worse! If the candy companies have their way, we'd all be celebrating Valentine's Month!