Celebrating Valentine's Day for One

Valentines Day as a Travel Nurse

When you're on a travel nursing assignment, you might feel a little lonely on certain days, and Valentine's Day may be high on the list. If you have a significant other, you're probably missing them. If you don't, you may be feeling pretty bah-humbug about the whole thing. Totally understandable! But rather than feeling down and missing the people you care about, why not treat yourself and make it a special day anyway?

First things first: the key to any great "treat yourself" day is to indulge. You've probably been working hard, so plan a block of relaxation time. Schedule a massage, prepare a luxurious bath, pick up a bottle of nice wine, and get your favorite meal. Once you're sufficiently relaxed, read a book or watch a movie you've been looking forward to forever (or revisit an old favorite if you're in the mood). Get comfortable, relax, and get a nice chunk of sleep. This night is all about you, so do all of your favorite things.

Not in the mood for a night in? No problem. If you've made some friends at your current assignment, hit them up and see if they have plans. Maybe even host a Gal-entine's Day (thanks, Leslie Knope). Gather some singles (or even couples who don't like doing the traditional thing) and spend a night out on the town. If you're single, see if there are any singles parties in your area! A little conversation and flirting could be just what the doctor ordered (ha ha ha).

There's always another good old fallback: binge eat chocolate and ice cream to your heart's content! We won't judge. You deserve a treat. Go to your favorite nearby store (bonus points if it's an ice cream parlor or candy shop), pick out something you know you love or something you've always wanted to try, and go to town. Cozy up on the couch and devour an entire season of that show you've been meaning to watch.

Whatever you decide to do this Valentine's Day, make sure you're the focus. It might be a day for expressing love, but there's no reason you can't love yourself. You're worth it.