When was the last time you had “me time”? Like, actually set time aside to just be you and do something for yourself? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to make it happen again. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about alone time in the first installment of the Weekly Sip. Finding things to do by yourself is essential to a good self-care practice, even for the most extroverted people. It gives you peace of mind to reset and get back to your goals and intentions.
Everyone needs time by yourself to rest, recharge and refocus. As I said before, it’s so hard to just keep going, going, going. No one has that much energy. Well, maybe some people do. They’re a different breed. But even at some point, they need alone time, too.
Here are 28 things to do by yourself.
It may sound lonely and discouraging, but I promise it’s good for you. And it can be really fun.
- Go shopping (for something fun).
- Go to the gym. I actually prefer going to the gym by myself.
- Do a yoga routine.
- Treat yourself to breakfast and/or coffee before work. That’s how my Weekly Sip series got started.
- Clean your apartment and/or workspace.
- Get a mani/pedi (or one or the other).
- Get a massage.
- Make an appointment and get your hair done.
- Go on a day-trip adventure to somewhere you’ve never been (within reason).
- Take time to write in a journal.
- Cook yourself a wholesome meal.
- Go to a concert.
- Bake something sweet, for yourself or friends or coworkers or anyone whose day needs an upgrade.
- Take a walk in your town or city (when/where safe).
- Watch a movie and drink a cup of tea.
- Go to a movie at the theater.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter (or anywhere else that means something to you).
- Take a class. I’ve always wanted to take a cooking class.
- Pick a new book and read it. Maybe not all in one sitting, but make time to read.
- Go to a local sporting event – perhaps a sport you’ve never watched before.
- Clean out your closet and drawers, and then donate anything you clean out that’s in good condition.
- Write a letter to a friend or family member.
- Buy yourself a coloring book (adult or kid) and color. It’s proven to be relaxing and relieve anxiety.
- Do an individual Bible study and pray over it (or whatever your spiritual/religious practice is).
- Write your bucket list.
- Find a DIY project and make it. Pinterest is your spot.
- Make some at-home face masks and treat yourself.
- Go to a museum or gallery.
See? There are plenty of fun things you can do by yourself! Taking time to be by yourself is essential to good self care, not to mention keeping your sanity when life gets busy and tough. It’s also a great practice in independence.
I challenge you to take time for yourself this week and try something new in that time. Maybe even something on this list? Up to you!
What do you like to do by yourself?