While Father's Day, along with Mother's Day, is meant to be a day celebrating a parent, it can be extremely difficult for anyone who doesn't have a dad to celebrate. Those who have bad relationships with their fathers, who have lost their fathers, or who have never really had their fathers in their lives — and Father's Day can feel isolating and lonely. It's not easy to look at endless photos of friends celebrating with their dads, or to be bombarded with Father's Day advertisements everywhere you go when the day brings up feelings of guilt, anger, and sadness. But here's the thing: even if you're in this situation, Jun. 17 doesn't have to be the worst day ever. There are some things to do on Father's Day that can improve your mood and your whole weekend.
Of course, you could choose to make the day one of loss, where you allow yourself to feel all the feels and take some time to hang in bed, getting some self-care in. That's fine, if that's what will ultimately work for you! But if you want to get out there and try to keep yourself distracted, or try to have a fun day regardless, there are plenty of options. You're in control of this day, no one else. Just remember: Father's Day can definitely be tough for a lot of people, and there's nothing to feel ashamed of when it comes to your feelings on the parental figures in your life.
Here are a few ways to spend your day on Father's Day if you don't want to celebrate your own father: