There are some things that just should not be reserved for Valentine’s Day. Instead of regretting this year’s day of love, read on for some major no-no’s.

  • Do not attempt a first date – there are just far too many expectations around Valentine’s Day to pull off a successful first date. Rather reserve this day for those nearest and dearest to you, even if they are a group of your single friends or a loyal sibling.
  • Never call your ex on V-day – as tempting as it may be to relive good memories with an old lover, this will just depress you and scare them off from any potential friendship that could have existed. It really just smacks of desperation.
  • Do not get drunk – this inevitably leads to emotional vulnerability or insensitivity to what is socially acceptable. Both of these are bad ingredients for Valentine’s Day, when you may be susceptible to being over-romantic, irrationally sentimental, or just plain needy.
  • Quit complaining – Valentine’s Day is not the “be all and end all” of your romantic existence. So, don’t overrate it, and don’t ruin it for those who are having a good time with their partners. Any sympathy votes you get will not be worth the annoyance.
  • Don’t be a hermit – being sad on Valentine’s Day is not that unusual, but the worst way to treat it is to lock yourself behind closed doors and watch girly flicks while overindulging in sugary snacks. Rather, make concrete plans to meet a friend, go shopping or pamper yourself at the salon.
  • Leave feeling sorry for yourself – do not forget the things you have to be grateful for. Appreciate the good things in your life, and focus on these to gain a realistic perspective of this romantic event.

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