Editor’s Note: This article contains mature content
By Cassie Osvatics
- Feel your feelings
If you’re genuinely feeling down about being single, feel down! Your feelings are valid and you’re 100 percent entitled to them. No one should ever make you feel bad about wanting a relationship.
2. Cry because of the patriarchy
Don’t cry because you’re single! Cry because for some reason we still live in a society
where it’s a bad thing to be single. Being single isn’t something to be frowned upon, but rather celebrated. It means you’re independent. Plus, you can do things on your own and not have to consider the wants of others. You want to see a movie? See whatever movie you desire. Want to spend the weekend binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy while downing a pint of ice cream? There’s no one there to make you doubt that decision because it’s a good decision and you should do it.
3. Go for a walk or do something active
The great Elle Woods once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Not only will you not kill your non-existent significant other, if you’re feeling down about being single, endorphins and other mood-altering chemicals released during exercise will help!
- Listen to music
If you recently survived being in a relationship, here’s a lovely playlist to help you forget about your garbage ex. Let Julien Baker help you feel your feelings, Rainbow Kitten Surprise will get you yell-singing about your garbage ex, and Sir Sly will make you realize that you’re better off without them.
Bonus points if you listen to this playlist while taking a walk or doing literally anything on this list!
- Take some time for self-care
This could mean anything from shopping to taking a bubble bath. If it makes you feel better, do it. Treat yo’ self!
This is possibly the most important form of self-care. It makes you happy and helps reduce stress along with many other benefits. Thank you science for supporting this self-love!
- Eat that heart-shaped box of chocolates
The variety pack is not just for couples. And it’s a variety pack! Think of how many different chocolates you get to try!
- Treat yourself to dinner
Order takeout, go to a fancy dinner for one or make yourself a yummy dinner at home. There are lots of reasons why people feel happy after eating, and some foods can actually make you happier.
- Go to a concert
Music changes your mood and being around other people with similar music taste means you already have a conversation starter, should you want to bond with others. But enjoying the concert without talking to anyone is also an option. Take the time to really feel the music and be in the moment.
- Hang out with friends
While it might feel like all of your friends are in a relationship, they’re not. Find one of them and do some of the things on this list. Except for maybe masturbating. Or do. I don’t know your life! Do your thing!
- Take a break from social media
Technology breaks are good for you in general, but especially if you’re feeling down about other people being in relationships. They’re probably out there Instagramming their #relationshipgoals. Don’t forget, a lot of people only post the good things on social media. You can cover shit in gold, but on the inside, it’ll still be shit.
- Relax with a glass of red wine
Or a beer. They can be beneficial but in moderation.
13. Work on your night cheese
Take it from Liz Lemon, aka queen of night cheese. Eating cheese can actually help you relax and have a better night’s sleep because it contains tryptophan. Pizza is looking healthier already! Plus, you can pair it with wine.
- Remember that you are FLAWLESS
You don’t need a SO to feel important. You are beautiful and wonderful and unique. No one can take that away from you. Blast some Beyoncé and live your life.
Featured Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kumar’s Edit’s Flickr account.
Cassie Osvatics is a senior English major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.