10 Ways To Survive As A Single Lady When All Your Friends Are In Relationships
2017 is a great time to be single. Millennial women are rejecting the stereotypes associated with being single and are refusing to be defined by their relationship status. Research shows that more than a third of millennials are choosing to stay unmarried rather than follow societal traditions or risk marrying the wrong person for the wrong reasons.

Being single means you're in a relationship with YOU. It means you can figure out what you want out of life and focus on your career. 

Of course, being a single lady can be more fun when you have single friends to enjoy it with, but that is not always the case. So what do you do when you are single but all of your friends are in relationships? 

1. Get to know the boyfriends.

Often we see our friend's boyfriend (or partner) as an accessory or just someone who is there to hold her purse, but they are people, too.

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Don't ghost on your friend just because she's one of those "couple people" now. Getting to know her boyfriend will show her how much you value your friendship; meanwhile, it also secures you invitations to events with the boyfriend's friends. 

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2. Get the boyfriends to introduce you to their single friends.

Now that you're friends, too, they will invite you to cottages, birthdays, and patio drinks. At these events, they will happily introduce you to their single friends. 

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Next time you are hanging with your friend and their boyfriend, casually ask if he has any single friends and whether or not they are employed and/or dateable. 

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3. Hit barre class at 6 p.m., followed by the bar at 7 p.m.

Just because your friend has a boyfriend doesn't mean she doesn't need girl time. In Sex and the City, they always met for brunch; my friends and I go to a workout class together, followed by wine and girl hangs. 

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Plan regular meet-ups to hang with your friends — chances are that they need a good "dish-and-sip" sesh just as much as you do. 

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4. Spend some time with you.

Alone time is one of life's great pleasures and something you don't get very much of when you're in a relationship. When you're tired AF after work, throw on some sweats, read a book, or binge-watch Netflix.

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Treat yo' self. You work hard; you deserve it. Is it time to take yourself for a massage or a mani? Or maybe just for a bubble bath with a glass of bubbly? Whatever it may be, TREAT YO' SELF.  

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5. Take the ladies out dancing.

Going out dancing is so rarely about picking someone up. Sometimes, you're just in the mood to dance to Beyoncé. Bring your not-so-single ladies out for a night on the town, no occasion necessary. 

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The best part is that if you do meet someone, you will have no shortage of wingwomen.

5. Take the ladies out dancing.

Going out dancing is so rarely about picking someone up. Sometimes, you're just in the mood to dance to Beyoncé. Bring your not-so-single ladies out for a night on the town, no occasion necessary. 

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The best part is that if you do meet someone, you will have no shortage of wingwomen.

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6. Ask your friend and their partner out on a date.

One year, my friend in a long-term relationship invited all her single ladies over on Valentine's Day, and she and her boyfriend cooked us a romantic seafood dinner. We had a great time. 

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If you like spending time with your friend, chances are good you will like spending time with them even when their boyfriend is around. Plus, this can be a great opportunity for the boyfriend to bring a single friend along.

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7. Learn a new skill.

Have you been meaning to take some night classes in a new field? Learn how to become a master chef like Ina Garten? Now's your chance.

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When you're in a relationship, you have less time on your hands. Take this opportunity to learn to code, learn to meditate, or find a creative outlet. You never know where this new skill might lead you. 

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8. Bask in the glory of your SSB. 

Secret Single Behavior, while coined in Sex and the City, is also a thing IRL. Do you pluck your eyebrows in a compact while bingeing Gilmore Girls? Or do you drink wine and cry while watching commercials? 

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Whatever your SSB is, enjoy the heck out of it. You won't be single forever, so while you are, you should enjoy every second of your privacy. 

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9. Tap into the boyfriends for dating advice.

Dating advice from our friends usually comes from relying on past experience, but that isn't always applicable. A man might have some insight into the mysteries of dating that could prove useful.

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In exchange for this insight, you can tell funny dating stories and make your friends in relationships secretly jealous that their lives aren't as exciting as yours. 

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10. Enjoy your independence.

Try something new, have that second glass of wine, get dessert, go traveling, or learn a new language. Because you are a single girl and the world is your oyster! (Oh, yeah, and eat oysters.)

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Remember: just because your friends are in relationships doesn't mean they are no longer your friends. It's important to be supportive, no matter their relationship status. Right now, you are your number one priority. It may not always be that way, so make it count!  

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How do you own being single? 

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