by Marissa Gold
Summer is a great time to be single, but maybe those of you who aren't in a relationship right now don't feel the same. Let's chat a bit about the upcoming season, shall we?
Here are 5 pros of being single for the summer
1. You can fall in love at any moment. Seriously--anytime, anywhere. You never know.
2. You can take that last-minute trip to Vegas/Miami/London your friends are talking about.
3. You don't have to attend that god-awful annual barbecue your ex's aunt and uncle used to throw in 90-degree weather with 30 screaming children.
4. The hottest single guy at the bar, beach, or party? He's all yours to get to know.
5. You can now shamelessly flirt with your crush at the gym (hint: spandex. Allllll spandex).
And since we know it's not always all fun and games being single, we anticipated some of the things you might not be so psyched for. Here's how to handle them:
1. Not having anyone to see that movie/concert with.
The fix: Ask a few friends, even if you think they'll say no, hate the band, or would rather play with their adorable children and dogs. You might be surprised at their response. And if they all say no, go alone--seriously, just go alone once. It's not going to kill you.
2. Having more time to yourself than you'd like--especially on the weekend.
The fix: Well, we assume you've made plans to catch up with every friend and family member you have, right? If not, go do that. Then, do everything else you'll likely neglect once you're in a relationship again: work out, join a book club, join a running club, get weekly manicures, take a day trip, take a bike ride, learn a new sport, try a new hobby, clean your room, donate your old clothes, test out some recipes, visit a farmers' market. Should we keep going? In fact, even if you run out of things to do, the best thing of all to do is to enjoy spending time with yourself. Doing nothing is actually a very important skill for all people to learn. Spending a lot of time alone might feel uncomfortable to many people at first, but that's when you really get to know yourself and become the strong, self-assured person who's going to attract a really great partner at the perfect time.
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3. Feeling lonely/sad about a breakup.
The fix: Go volunteer! Even as sad as you might feel (we've all been there), the hours you're going to devote to crying over someone who doesn't want to be with you would be much better spent with people who need your help and want your attention. Plus, spending time with someone worse off than you will really put your breakup in perspective and make you feel--dare we say it--lucky.
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