Monday,23 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1184, (13 - 19 February 2014)
Monday,23 July, 2018
Issue 1184, (13 - 19 February 2014)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers.

Beat the V-Day blues

It’s Valentine’s Day once more, the most romantic day of the year. With all the red bears, balloons, hearts and flowers surrounding us, one can palpably feel that love-is-in-the-air. It’s the time of year to show extra love to that special someone in your life, or alas, to lament being on your own if you’re single. Take solace in knowing that you’re by no means alone; many people go solo on Valentine’s Day. Look on the bright side and remain optimistic, you might be single this year, but you never know what’s in store for you next year. So treat yourself and feel good with these experts’ delightful ways to have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

Get chocolate:

Get yourself a box of chocolate and enjoy it. Chocolate releases endorphins in the brain to make you feel good.


Make it a friends or family day:

Go out and watch a movie with some friends, or have a good time at a café or restaurant. You can also show your family how much you care by buying them a rose.


Entertain yourself:

Valentine’s Day is also about loving oneself. Get a spa appointment and pamper yourself.


Be your own date:

After that splendid spa session, take yourself out and enjoy yourself. Buy yourself some flowers, get dressed up and have a tasty dinner. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself with some much-deserved love and attention.


Throw a party: 

Invite your friends and loved ones (singles and couples) over to your place. Sing karaoke, eat junk food and have a good time.


Don’t feel sorry for yourself:

 This will just make the day depressing and dreaded. Instead, be excited for this day. After all, it only comes once a year.



Try out a fun recipe and spend time on it.

Visit somebody:

 Visit a friend or a relative you haven’t seen in a while. Spend the day with someone worth it.


Avoid couples:

 Stay away from friends who are with their partners, even if they ask you to go somewhere with them.


Go to the gym:

This might not be the most romantic option, but if you’re frustrated, use that energy and focus it into a great workout. You’ll leave feeling energised and in a better mood than when you went in.


Love yourself:

If you are alone on Valentine’s Day, think of it as an opportunity to focus on the presence of love. Train yourself to love you for once. It’s just as important as loving others.


Avoid thinking badly about couples:

You should instead celebrate their love. Just because you’re single for Valentine’s Day, doesn’t mean you will be single forever.


Spend time with a pet: Pets will always love you.


Share the love — volunteer: 

Share the feeling with the ones who really need it on that day. Contact the local seniors’ homes and orphanages.


Ignore the whole event:

Stay in that night. Avoid all the commotion and use the evening to be productive. Read that book you’ve been wanting to pick up or clean the room at home you’ve been putting off. However, if you’re feeling very depressed, find someone to stay with who can make you feel a little better.



you are not alone: Around 60 million people in the world will be spending this holiday single.

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