A lot of us have to spend a good portion of our time alone during the pandemic. To make things worse, being alone is very often associated with loneliness, and it’s difficult to shake that feeling even if we know it’s not always true. You could be lonely in a crowd just like you could have plenty of fun on your own. And for some people, having some time alone is a must, as it allows them to recharge their batteries, reflect on their thoughts, and just do whatever they want at their own pace. In short, doing things alone can teach you a lot about yourself. So, if you are the type of person that enjoys spending time alone, or if you feel like you could use some quiet time to learn more about yourself, here are some of the best activities you could do on your own.
Try a new recipe
Finding a fun recipe, shopping for all the ingredients, preparing them, and following that recipe can be very enjoyable. You can take all the time you need, and once you’re done, you’d have a delicious meal to eat and another skill to be proud of. Even if you’re not that good at cooking, there would be nobody witnessing your burnt attempt in case things don’t really go as planned. However, you can always start with something simple and work your way to some more complicated recipes.
Go to a restaurant
That’s one way to be sure you’re following social distancing rules. If you don’t really feel like cooking, or if your cooking attempt doesn’t go that well, eating out isn’t a bad alternative. This is usually seen as a social experience, but nobody says it has to be. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a dinner by yourself, and rest assured that many people would envy you, from those who are stuck on a bad date to those who wish they had your confidence. Plus, it gives you a chance to really savour the food and soak up the atmosphere.
See a movie
Since we’re all more or less stuck at home, watching movies and TV shows has become a default entertainment option. Watching a movie alone can help you focus on it better. Additionally, you’re guaranteed to have comfortable seating, you can wear whatever you want, and you can buy all the snacks you want without spending a fortune on overpriced popcorn at the cinema.
Go on a self-date
Since most of us are stuck at home, why not make the most of it? Whether you’re single or have a partner, some adventure and self-care is always a good thing. The best thing is that you don’t have to worry if your date will approve of your choice of food, venue, and entertainment!
Think of this as an opportunity to get to know yourself better, so go through all the motions of preparing for and going to a proper date. Start with your getting ready routine, put on something that makes you feel sexy cook or order a fancy meal, have a nice drink, and watch your favourite movie. And if you want to take the date a step (or several) further, why not take a look at your collection of toys and give yourself an unforgettable night with someone who puts you first?
Fishing might sound boring at first, but if you love nature and you need some quiet time to reflect, this is a perfect activity for that. Also, it’s a perfect activity at a time we’re all supposed to be self-isolating to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Just keep in mind that besides the necessary fishing gear, you should also wear some waterproof shoes, so you don’t have to worry about sharp sandy shore or wet socks. Moreover, you can also bring some vegetables and spices, so you can prepare fresh food that you have caught while enjoying the scenery.
Start travelling alone
While international travel is fairly tricky at the moment, that doesn’t mean you can’t go on shorter trips. Think of it as practice for the time we can resume our normal lives. Travelling alone can be a scary thought at first, especially if you’re a woman. However, if you choose your destination wisely and are a bit more careful, there is nothing to worry about. Plus, you don’t have to travel completely alone – you can still organize your trip through an agency. This way, you’d also force yourself to meet new people, which is a good way to improve your confidence and self-sufficiency. Eventually, when and if you get more comfortable, you can also try organizing your own trips, so you’d have more freedom to explore the new environment at your own pace.
Learn something new
Learning something new is a good way to spend your free time alone. You can learn a new language, sign up for cooking classes, start dancing, learn how to paint, etc. No matter what it is that you’re interested in, it would never be a waste of time to pursue your hobbies. Moreover, hobbies can be very soothing as well, as many of them take time and patience to be done right. So, while painting, dancing, or cooking, you’d also have the time to think, listen to music, or just rest from your usual obligations.
Spending time alone does not imply being lonely or bored. There are many ways to have fun on your own, and there is nothing preventing you from doing so. Therefore, consider the listed activities, try those that seem the most fun to you, and you’re bound to enjoy your own company.