Being single gets a bad rap. But it's so much more than scrolling through Tinder and microwave meals for one.
If Queen Bey’s shoutout to all the single ladies is your anthem, reclaim your pride this National Singles Day. Here are four ways to celebrate yourself while flying solo—because you deserve it.
1. Treat Yourself
Who says you need to have a partner to go on a date? This National Singles Day, you only have to please yourself. Eat at your favorite restaurant and take yourself to see the movie you want to see. Pamper yourself! Get a massage, mani-pedi, or whatever makes you feel good about yourself.
You don't need to wait for someone else to take care of you—you already have everything you need to be happy.
2. Single Friends Only Party
Are you tired of third wheeling? You may love your coupled friends, but that doesn't mean you want to spend your night watching them cuddle and play footsie while you're all supposed to be hanging together. This National Singles Day, why not host an exclusive gathering for your single friends?
Since everyone at the event will be flying solo, you'll be able to talk about dating and share experiences that may not be relevant to your friends in relationships. You can even have on-theme games and dip your toes back into the silliness of middle school with classics like Spin The Bottle or Seven Minutes in Heaven.
Have a little singles-only fun this year with no partner to stop you!
3. Adopt a Pet
Being single doesn't mean you have to be lonely. If you're seeking more companionship in your life but don't want to give your energy to a committed relationship, consider adopting a pet in celebration of National Singles Day.
Pets are proven to have a positive impact on human health, both physical and mental. They can serve as devoted companions and give your life a bit of structure without draining all of your energy.
Have you ever seen someone argue with their dog in public or be heartbroken because their cat won't text them back? Bypass the icky parts of a relationship and reap all the benefits by adopting a pet.
4. Speed Dating
National Singles Day is about embracing being on your own and celebrating the awesome parts of being single. That said, if you want to meet that special someone, this holiday can be the fuel you need to make that dream come true.
Get dolled up and attend a local speed dating event. There's a lighthearted irony to speed dating on National Singles Day, and there's a chance that irony won't be lost on the other singles you meet. This shared sense of humor may be just what you need to get sparks flying and change your relationship status!
This year, lean into being single and enjoy the freedom that comes with flying solo. Someday, you just might miss it! ;)