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My boyfriend went to Europe for two weeks without me.
YEAH, I KNOW. Jealousy is an UNDERSTATEMENT. I’ve never been overseas but it’s 100% on my travel bucket list. So, while he has been away for two weeks, I’ve been forced to spend time by myself. This has been a good opportunity for me to find things to do alone. I didn’t want to be super bored and missing my boyfriend the entirety of his trip. No pity parties here.
I won’t lie to you guys it’s been tough. I’ve been green with envy, and my boyfriend is my best (and only) friend out in California. However, it’s super important while you’re dating to learn how to spend time apart. When you’re in a relationship, self-care and self-awareness should always be priority number one!
I decided to create a quick and easy list of 25 things to do alone, so even when you can’t seem to make plans, you can enjoy your day and your chance to spend one-on-one time with yourself.
25 Things to Do Alone:
1. Go to a Movie.
I think we all have this weird impression that we can’t go to the movies unless we have people to go with. I’m totally guilty of this mindset myself! However, my cousin went to a matinee (solo of course) and LOVED it. So, grab yourself some popcorn and check out that movie you’ve been wanting to see for awhile.
2. Get a Pedicure – Or Give Yourself the Ultimate One at Home.
Pedicures are ahhmazing, and the perfect activity to do alone. Head over to a salon to get pampered or save some money and give yourself the ultimate pedicure at home using my tutorial!
3. Go Shopping.
There’s always a great excuse to go shopping. Get to the mall to window shop or purchase any items you may need. Don’t even worry about not having a friend around for a second opinion, because apps like Snapchat allow you to share your potential new outfit fast.
4. Purge Your Closet.
Get rid of the old and make room for the new. I think we all have closets filled with clothes we don’t wear. Go through your old items and decide whether you will actually wear them. Take anything that’s off your wardrobe market and donate it!
5. Start Selling Your Clothes on Poshmark.
If you’re looking to make a few extra dollars (which, let’s be honest here, we all are) consider selling the clothes you don’t wear on Poshmark.
Poshmark is very simple. You take a picture of the item(s) you want to sell, and upload them on the app. You set your price, and let the offers come in!
6. Cook Yourself Something Yummy.
The internet is overflowing with the most delicious recipes. Strengthen your cooking or baking skillset and try a new idea or recipe you find from Pinterest. I’m a sucker for those chocolatey desserts.
7. Go to the Beach.
I went to the beach alone this past weekend and I absolutely loved it. There was something so simple and serene about laying out in the sunshine and taking pictures of the beautiful world we live in.
8. Start a New Book.
Reading is not the best group activity, especially if you are easily distracted. Get lost in a new story for hours.
9. Organize Your Planner.
If you’re looking for things to do alone, why not be productive? Fill out and organize your planner to the fullest extent.
While group fitness can be exciting and challenging, only you know the feel of your own body.
Get your blood flowing on cardio machines or do some 6-minute core on your living room floor. As long as you get up and get active, you’re winning.
11. Explore Locally.
Looking for a festival or activity to try near you? Yelp, Groupon, and other websites advertise new events all the time. Just type in your zip code and get exploring.
With a little research, you can attend a free concert or festival near you and will have no shame in riding solo.
12. Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.
Starfish the f*** out of your bed people. This has been one of my favorite parts of my boyfriend being gone, and it’s going to be a tough adjustment moving to one side of the bed when he returns.
Take advantage of your time apart and sleep in the middle of your bed. It’s so much fun!
13. Take a Bath.
Rather than taking a quick shower, pamper yourself with a hot bath, and facemask. Throw in a bath bomb, and you’re well on your way to giving yourself some much-needed self-care.
14. Take an Online Course.
Have you always wanted to learn something new but never got the chance to try? Plenty of websites offer online courses with ranging prices so you can find what fits your budget and your interests.
What’s great about cleaning alone is the fact that no one is around to mess it up lol. Tidy up your place by hardcore cleaning your kitchen, washing your floors, or dusting all your furniture. Then, bask in your clean house/apartment glory.
16. Binge Watch Your Show.
Guys I am plowing through Game of Thrones like there’s no tomorrow. Sit back, pour yourself some wine and watch a show of your choice.
17. Start a Blog.
Did you guys know I started my blog because I was alone, semi-bored, and looking for a hobby? It’s true! And I quickly caught the blogging bug. But how could I not?! It’s an involved and independent activity that always leaves you wanting more.
It’s especially satisfying knowing I am making some extra money on the side. Blogging is an excellent side hustle.
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I am a crafter through and through. Any alone chance I get, I am sewing or crocheting up a new project. It’s perfect to do alone, and fun to get your creative juices flowing.
19. Create an Awesome Playlist.
Or, discover some new music! Simple.
20. Learn and Practice Mindfulness.
I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but since I am extroverted, the longer I am lonely, the more stressed out I get. Being alone kick starts my anxiety and gets my blood rushing–in a not-so-good sort of way.
That’s what makes mindfulness practices one of the greatest things to do alone. Mindfulness allows you to become aware of the present moments and sensations you’re experiencing in the here and now.
Like many other skills, it takes practice to get the hang of, so the more you practice the better!
21. Take a Yoga Class.
Using apps like MINDBODYSOUL or Meetup, you can easily find a fitness class or group in your area. Find what yoga classes are happening by you and sign up!
22. Run a 5K.
This one goes out to all my runner friends out there (aka not me).
Signing up for a 5K is a great way to get exercise, push your boundaries (especially if cardio is your enemy), and feel accomplished while you’ve got some time to yourself.
23. Find a Hole-In-The-Wall.
See if you can find an awesome local coffee shops or restaurants near you. Treat yourself to an awesome meal or luxury drink!
I’m on a mission to find the prettiest latte art. 😊
24. Get Outside and Explore!
Take a hike or set up a little picnic at a park near you. There’s so much to see and explore.
The best part? You don’t need to spend $1000 to do it!
Create stories or diaries of your own experiences by writing out a journal. Fill it with your thoughts, ideas or quotes that inspire you, motivate you, and encourage you to live your best damn life!
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So, while Travis has been hopping from place to place in Europe, I’ve been creating this list of fun and productive things to do alone.
Whether you’re in a relationship or single, it’s always important to spend some time alone. Being alone is a wonderful opportunity to devote 100% of your energy to the most important person in your life. Yourself!
There’s no time like the present to start getting creative and coming up with things to do alone.
When you have a chance to be alone, what do you like to do? Any ideas I didn’t mention? Share your thoughts below!