A VALENTINE’S DAY TO REMEMBER

3 Feb 2021 | Student Advice

You may think that it’s pointless getting all dressed up with no places to go this Valentines Day but we disagree! Just because you can’t have a regular Valentine date at the cinema or a restaurant etc. there are still countless ways to celebrate the day with your special someone.

 

Rather than cursing the current situation, take these restrictions as a challenge to get creative. Here are a couple of ideas for indoor or socially distanced dates to get you started (obviously only choose the options which are suitable for your situation with regards to COVID and socially distancing).

Explore the great outdoors

With the same four walls closing in around us, getting active and being outside is more important than ever. This Valentine’s Day, plan an outdoor adventure with your loved one in a place that is special to both of you. You could simply go for a stroll or a hike or you could elect for a more extreme activity like wild swimming (if this safe and possible in your local area).

Rewind and re-live

How did it all begin? Get nostalgic this Valentines as you recreate your first date and fall for your partner all over again. If you’re feeling sentimental you could even look back at the first messages you sent and first photos you took with each other. Whether you’ve been together years or months this activity is sure to make you laugh.

Re-create your favourite takeaway

If your favourite restaurant or takeaway is closed, ditch your regular Valentines finery and ‘apron up’ to recreate your favourite dishes from the comfort of your kitchen. Test your skills with something obscure or try to make multiple courses – though perhaps coordinate the kitchen schedule with your flatmates if you intend on becoming Jamie Oliver. 

Get artistic

As you gaze at your loved one what do you see? Now try and recreate it on paper! Your masterpiece may end up looking more like Mr Potato Head than a Rembrandt but, who knows, you may end up loving it.

Indulge in a home spa day

When dealing with deadlines, stresses and global pandemics it’s necessary to have a day of relaxation every now and then. Gather together your lotions and potions for a day of indulgence and enjoy a beverage of your choice as you treat each other to manicures, pedicures or back rubs etc.

Look to the sky

Let’s be honest, stargazing is a clichéd activity for a reason. There’s simply something lovely about cosying up to one of your favourite people and enjoying the beauty of the night. If you want to impress your partner, learn a little more about the constellations and check the weather forecast for the best chances of seeing a spectacular sky.

Have a boogie!

Think that you’re a good dancer? Try expanding your repertoire this Valentine’s Day with your favourite partner. Simply search online for a dance tutorial of your choice and enjoy an exclusive dance class at home. What will you choose: Ballroom, Latin or Disco?

Over the past year we’ve all gotten pretty good at making the most of the situation and this Valentine’s Day will be no different. Forget about what you’re missing out on and recognise what you have. Also, if you’re not currently attached (and want to be), now could be the perfect time to connect with a special someone or try your hand at online dating.

By Ilona Cabral

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