Being single is awesome, no doubt. Still, it's totally normal to sometimes wish you were coupled up. And if you're the only girl in a group of friends without a significant other, those wishes often become hard to ignore. You've gotten used to chats about date nights and engagements and, let's face it — they remind you of your single status, major. Instead of boohooing, take advantage of the situation with these four tips. Party of one has never sounded so good!
1. Celebrate Being Single
Sure, it's a cliché, but being around coupled friends when you're the only one without a plus one can get you down. Count the reasons why you love being solo (being spontaneous, for one), and remember them when you feel insecure about your relationship status. Above all, know that everyone is on their own relationship path, and comparing yours to that of your friends won't do you any good.
2. Don't Retreat
Try not to let the situation cause problems or resentment between you and your pals. Instead, find the silver lining. With all your friends attached, their significant others are bound to have some single friends. Make it a point to continue to hang out with them, especially in group settings — it's the best way to meet new people, after all.
3. Expand Your Social Circle
While you shouldn't ditch your friends, this is the perfect time to branch out and meet new people. Take up a new hobby or start going to dance classes — moving past your comfort zone is exciting, and you're never too old to make new friends. Plus, who knows where it will lead?
4. Be Honest
Talk to your friends, openly, about how you feel given the situation. Does the over-the-top PDA make you uncomfortable? Do you wish you hung out more without their boyfriends or girlfriends around? Speak up! Chances are they don't know exactly how you feel, and at the end of the day, they'll keep your best interests in mind.