6 Apps That Will Make You Less Lonely During Valentine's Day 2021
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6 Apps That Will Make You Less Lonely During Valentine's Day 2021

Technology has your back. While you can’t magically order a boyfriend for the day (or maybe you can, the internet is a wild place), you can alleviate a bit of the loneliness, either by finding a date, hookup, friend, or distracting your mind with apps designed to make you happier. Of course, with as much pandemic-safety in mind.

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Being single on Valentine’s Day brings a lot of people down. Watching grocery stores morph from their traditional decor to plastered with red signs, heart-shaped candy, and “Be Mine” balloons can feel like a stinging reminder that you’re alone.

It also doesn’t help that this year, you’ll be watching all of this happen in the midst of a pandemic. In fact, 53% of adults feel like their mental health has been impacted by the pandemic. Needless to say, loneliness and isolation aren’t the best duo.

And while being single doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you, I understand why it brings up negative emotions. I understand not wanting to feel sad. There’s only so much loneliness one person can take; only so much candy you can consume, alone in bed, watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls.

The good news is, technology has your back. While you can’t magically order a boyfriend for the day (or maybe you can, the internet is a wild place), you can alleviate a bit of the loneliness, either by finding a date, hookup, friend, or distracting your mind with apps designed to make you happier. Of course, with as much pandemic-safety in mind.

If you want to get ahead of the loneliness before it takes over your February 14th, then consider using one of these apps to help you feel more connected and less all by yourself.

Tinder

Do you feel pretty OK being single or don’t want to rush into a relationship just so you’re not alone on Valentine’s Day? Then Tinder may be a great solution to your loneliness. This dating app has been on the market for arguably the longest time, and it’s for a good reason.

People never fail to find someone on Tinder who wants to go out to eat or hang out on any given day of the week. Things are usually less serious on Tinder, which can work in your favor when finding someone who doesn’t want to be alone on Valentine’s Day either.

Of course, move forward with caution. If someone talks about meeting up with people all the time or looks like they’re partying every weekend, they may not be a covid-friendly choice.

But if you both feel safe meeting up (or even doing just a virtual hang) then great! Just be sure to say you’re not looking for something serious, so you don’t need to worry about your casual valentine wanting something more.

Hinge

If hookups or casual relationships aren’t your things, that’s perfectly OK. I’m more of a serious-dating girl myself. Luckily, there’s still time to find someone who you’re interested in enough to potentially date. I suggest doing that with Hinge.

As their slogan states, Hinge is the app “designed to be deleted.” Most people aren’t on it to look for a quick fling. They want something a bit more serious. Not to mention, Hinge once reported to Bustle UK that 35% more dates were made on their app for the night of Valentine’s Day than comparable days.

While some people may shy away from having a first date on Valentine’s Day, you’re bound to find someone who’s up for the challenge. If anything, a virtual date can take the pressure off having a first date on Valentine’s Day.

So if the thought of spending Valentine’s Day solo makes you too sad to bear, Hinge could be the app you use to find yourself a valentine. Who knows, maybe this first date could turn into many!

TalkLife

I’ll be upfront: if talking to strangers terrifies you, then TalkLife isn’t for you. But if the idea of talking about what’s going on in your life-- or really, anything you want to talk about-- to someone who doesn’t know you sounds exciting, then maybe this app is your answer.

With the internet connecting us to people worldwide, dating apps aren’t your only option for having someone to talk to on Valentine’s Day 2021. TalkLife is a support platform that connects you to people across the globe. It’s designed to be a safe space for people to talk about their struggles, thoughts, and various interests.

If all you want is someone who supports you or gives advice on how to navigate singledom-- with all the socially-distanced benefits-- you’ll find your happy place with TalkLife.

Happify

Tackling the underlying sadness of being alone is also an option with the psychology-based app Happify. When I’m feeling particularly down or stressed, I open this app to do a few of the activities they offer and always close it in a better mood.

Happify is built around a technique called cognitive-behavioral therapy. They’ve created a program based on researched methods to help people overcome things like loneliness, stress, and general life slumps. It’s a highly-engaging app filled with information, activities, meditations, and journal prompts to help put you in a better mood.

Not only is Happify a great way to spend Valentine’s Day, but it’ll help you combat your loneliness from quarantine and teach you skills that you can carry with you, well past when people’s unwanted candy starts to go stale.

Headspace

Sometimes, the solution for feeling down is to clear your mind and slow down. The best way to do that? Well, according to science, meditation. And you no longer have to figure out how to do it yourself or worry about clearing all your thoughts.

The mental health app, Headspace, guides you through meditations that tell you what to focus your mind on and how to reframe your beliefs. In fact, headspace has an entire meditation for people who feel lonely. So this could be the perfect Valentine’s Day/Pandemic app for you.

Personally, meditation has worked wonders for improving my mood. I can get so caught up in my head that focusing on my breathing and what another person is saying shifts my attention to happier thoughts. When you’re feeling overwhelmed with loneliness on Valentine’s Day, open up Headspace and watch a bit of that sadness melt away.

Bumble BFF

The idea of making friends online might freak you out, but I very much suggest you change your mind about it. Bumble BFF works in the same way that typical Bumble does, but instead, you’re swiping through potential besties. They released the feature in 2016, and it’s had a steady increase of users since.

I met several people from Bumble BFF (pre-covid) who I’m still friends with today. Meeting new people in a city, let alone a pandemic, isn’t always the easiest, but this version of Bumble makes it easier than ever to connect with people wherever you live.

If you don’t already have Bumble, re-download it and switch your profile to BFF mode (and edit your bio accordingly). You may even come across someone who’s hosting a virtual Valentine’s Day for singles! You’d be surprised how many people using this feature are welcoming and supportive.

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