Valentine's Day is supposed to be a day of romance - but it can a stressful day of the year if you don't have someone special in your life. But it doesn't have to be that way. With that in mind, here’s Executive Search Dating’s timely list of Valentine’s Day dating do’s & don’ts to help you survive (and even thrive) on Cupids big day!: • Do: get creative. Who says Valentine's Day has to be an over-priced dinner at a fancy restaurant? Try ice skating at Robson Square, or snowshoeing on a local mountain. • Don’t: get stressed about it. If you are single and dateless on Valentine’s Day, don’t sweat it. The end of Valentine’s Day heralds the beginning of spring, THE best time of the year to meet someone new! • Do: pick another night. Avoid the emotional and physical stress of making dinner reservations on Valentine's eve. Choose another night and make it your own personal Valentine's Day! • Don’t: ignore it completely. Yes, Valentine’s Day is the classic ‘Hallmark Holiday’, but if there’s someone special in your life do show you care with a simple gift, thought or kind act. • Do: keep it classic. Flowers, chocolates, and a nice handwritten card or note to your loved one are time-tested Valentine’s Day winners. • Don’t: break the bank. Whether you’re dating or in a relationship, there’s no need to break the bank with an overly expensive gift. Keep it simple – when gifting, meaning means more than money. • Do: seize the opportunity. If there’s someone you’re interested in romantically it can be an opportune time to ask them out for lunch or a casual drink. Many singles dread being alone on Valentine’s Day so you just might get a ‘yes’. • Don’t: force it. If there’s no-one special in your life at the moment, avoid doing or saying something on Valentine’s Day that you wouldn’t say on any other day, like ‘I do’!