My husband has gone through several deployments. One year in Korea. Plus tons of TDYs.
So I've spent many holidays alone. I learned to come up with ways to not feel so lonely. Valentine's Day is approaching, and I was on my own for many of the famous chocolate holiday. Here are different ways to not feel so alone.
1. Be your own Valentine. When my husband was gone, I bought tons of chocolate and chick flicks. Honestly, I ate lots of chocolate and watched tons of chick flicks on any other day. It's just my way. How it was different on Valentine's Day is I'd splurge on the expensive chocolate, like Godiva.
2. If you have kids, make it a fun day. Or night, if they have school. One year I got a bunch of fun foods to prepare: that popcorn you make over the stovetop, conversation hearts, and yes, chocolate. We also found a movie everyone could enjoy. No click flick, because I have a son and he'd have rolled his eyes.
3. Go out with friends! Seriously, see a movie, go to a bar, have an amazing time. I'm an introvert so I've never bothered, because I preferred to curl up in my pajamas, stuff my face, and watch a lady on the screen tearfully ask why she's alone.
4. See if you can have a "Skype" date with your spouse. Sometimes this wasn't always possible, as the Internet connection was terrible. It would freeze every couple of minutes so having a conversation could be difficult.
5. If you're able to "Skype" date, have him open a special Valentine's Day package. Be sure to mail it in early January so he'll receive it in time. When he does, tell him to wait and open it on Valentine's Day while you are watching. I did this one year. I filled the box with his favorite foods and funny gifts. No chocolate, because it would have melted over there. I once sent a chocolate bar and it ended up being a chocolate puddle at the bottom of the box. Oops. My husband always sent a lovely bouquet of flowers:
5. Keep in mind that you can go out and buy 50% off chocolate the next day. Yay!
Remember that you can still have a fabulous time even if your Valentine isn't around. There's no point in wallowing. After all, who can wallow when there is so much delicious chocolate to be eaten?
Have you ever been alone on Valentine's Day? What did you do?