Do you want to hear something that I've come to learn and realize?! Spending quality time with me, myself, and I is good for your overall well-being and results in greater life satisfaction—which makes total sense. When you're doing something solo you can go at your own pace, you can think for yourself, you can discover new things about yourself, and you can improve your self-esteem.
With all of the relationships you have in your life it probably seems like it's tough to grab alone time—but it's important to make room for some.
Here is my list of how to enjoy alone time!!
1. TAKE UP A NEW HOBBY.
Life is short and now is the time to do that thing you've always dreamed of doing, whether it's biking, photography, or gardening. Plus, when you have something fun to look forward to, you'll be motivated to plan more alone time for yourself in the future.
2. CREATE A LIST OF LIFE GOALS.
It's not about putting pressure on yourself to check off the boxes, it's about stretching yourself to go further than you ever thought you could.
3. TAKE A CLASS.
You'll learn new skills and gain confidence—it's that simple. I am taking a psychology class in January and am so excited about it!!
4. GET LOST.
Literally or metaphorically, this is what life's about! And when you do find your way (you always will), you'll feel like an entirely new person—stronger, wiser, and self-sufficient.
5. BAKE A CAKE—AND EAT IT.
Usually you eat cake with a group for a special occasion. But this time, make a cake—and eat a big slice of it—for no other reason than to celebrate yourself. .. and don't spend one second feeling guilty about it!
6. FIGURE OUT YOUR MANTRA.
Every person needs one. It's that phrase you say over and over in your head when you need to summon some courage. Create one and repeat it daily!
7. TAKE A LONG DRIVE BY YOURSELF.
Blast your favorite tunes and drive off into the sunset. There's something so relaxing—and thrilling—about driving alone, with the windows down and the music up.
8. TAKE A HIKE.
Go somewhere tranquil and be alone with your thoughts. You'll feel rejuvenated and inspired.
This is a very important one! Turn off your phone, computer, TV, and everything else so that you can simply be alone with your thoughts. In fact, this is something you should do regularly by yourself!
10. ACT LIKE A KID.
Do something you haven't done since you were a kid. Maybe it's playing on a swing set, roller blading or going to a carnival—it will make you feel young and carefree again.
Sometimes it may feel like you're struggling in your personal life, work life and family life, but in reality, you're SO blessed, so take the time to give back to those less fortunate than you. Volunteering is both humbling and eye-opening, and you don't need a buddy to do it. It's a great way to show yourself that you have what it takes to make a difference. Plus, doing good makes you feel good, too.
12. COMPLETE A RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS.
You, all alone, by yourself can make a huge impact on a stranger's life. Buy a homeless person a meal, leave a large tip for a waiter or give an umbrella-less stranger your umbrella the next time it rains. Even if you don't instantly—or ever—see the impact you made, you can rest assured that you made a difference.