Sometimes it appears the only way to be happy and fulfilled is to cram your schedule with social events and spend most of your waking hours with other people.
There's no doubt that we need relationships for our mental and emotional health. Having a strong social network strengthens our confidence, adds joy to our lives, improves cognitive ability, and even helps us live longer according to research.
But there are times when we need to step back from our busy social lives to recharge, especially for those of us who are introverts.
You may also find yourself in situations when friends aren't available, and you have to spend some time alone. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
In fact, what if you deliberately take some time to some activities alone and at your own pace?
Some people think being by yourself suggests you’re a recluse, unpopular, or awkward. But being alone at times is good for you, as there are many positive benefits to embracing your solitude.
- You get to decompress and recharge your physical, mental, and emotional batteries.
- You have time to nurture and express your creative side.
- You learn to be comfortable and happy in your own skin.
- You can do things that you actually enjoy rather than following the crowd.
- You can reconnect with your deeper emotions and become more self-aware.
- You become more independent and self-sufficient.
If you haven't spent a lot of time alone in the past, you may not know how to have fun alone or how to find things to do by yourself that bring you joy. Here are 31 fun things to do alone that will help you learn to your own company.
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37 Things to Do Alone
Fun Things to Do Alone
1. Go to a farmer's market.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll through your local farmer's market, grab a bouquet of fresh flowers, and find some new produce that you have never cooked with before.
2. Write a song.
Write your own song about your life or emotions and if you're musical, come up with the music to go with the lyrics. Practice singing it until you feel confident sharing it with others.
3. Check out a nearby town.
Take a mini-vacation for the day to a town close by that you haven't yet explored. Treat yourself to lunch and go to popular sites and stores to learn more about this new locale. You may want to visit again later with friends.
Take your time to wander through your favorite store at your own pace. You don't have to look for anything in particular, just take the time to look around at the retail eye candy and make a wish list for yourself.
5. Discover some new music.
There are endless online music streaming services available that can help you find music that suits your tastes. Just write in the name of a musician you like, and find a customized station of similar artists, which almost guarantees you’ll discover something new you will like.
6. Make a time capsule.
Grab a box and some items that you think represent your current life. These can be journals, photos, ticket stubs, news articles, or a letter written to yourself.
This is a creative way to reflect on who you are now and your hopes for the future. Your future self will enjoy opening it.
This may seem like a big step if you are used to a travel buddy. But think about sightseeing in places that interest you that you might not visit with friends. Consider the freedom of not having to accommodate another person's needs or priorities in your itinerary.
8. Learn a new skill.
If you're getting bored with your regular old hobbies, teach yourself something new. You don't need any experience or talent– in fact, that's the point. Have you ever written poetry, learned a new language, or played the guitar?
Try a few new skills and see which one you enjoy the most.
Things to Do Alone Outside
9. Go for a jog.
Run at your own pace, burn off some stress, and stop whenever you feel like it. This is a great time to reflect, brainstorm, and work through challenges.
10. Read a book in the park.
Pick a comfortable place outside to enjoy that book you've been wanting to read. Maybe it's a self-help book or a cheesy romance novel that you don't want to display on your living room table. Relax and glance up to people-watch every now and then.
11. Start a garden.
Whether it's flowers, vegetables, or just herbs, maintaining a garden is both fun and rewarding. Once it gets growing, taking care of your garden can also be a relaxing solitary endeavor.
12. Explore nature.
Being outside is an effective way to recharge, relax, and feel the peace and quiet that is around you. Exploring nature can be as easy as taking nature walks in a local park or going on a long hike in a national forest.
13. Play with your pet.
If you have a cat or dog, spending alone time with him is the perfect opportunity to bond.
Studies show that this bonding with your pet can lower stress, improve fitness, and make you less lonely.
If you don't have a pet, offer to take care of a friend's pet for the day. Pets can bring you a sense of joy that may surprise you.
14. Go for a bike ride.
Explore your city or local bike trails while getting some exercise. Bring along snacks and a good book and make a full day of it.
15. Do some stargazing.
If it is a clear night, head outside and look up to the stars. Try to pick out some constellations and keep an eye out for a shooting star. You can even use a phone app to learn the names of the stars you're seeing.
Things to Do at Home Alone
Record your deep and personal thoughts. Keep a journal and use it as a place to process the recent events, challenges, and projects in your life.
Baking is both fun and therapeutic. Look online to find a recipe that you think looks particularly mouthwatering. Take your time and enjoy the process. You can share the results of your baking efforts with other people — but you certainly don't have to.
When you're trying to think of something to do that will keep you entertained while you're alone, cleaning might not be the first thing to come to mind. However, finding free time to declutter and organize your home can be therapeutic and make you feel less stressed.
Getting rid of things you don't use will make you feel productive and give you a sense of satisfaction. Put on your favorite tunes to inspire you as you're tidying up.
19. Do a home improvement project.
Don’t hold back on your creativity. Paint a room a bright color that lifts you up, rearrange the furniture in a room, or hang some new art on your walls. There are endless DIY project ideas online that are waiting to inspire you.
20. Take a bath.
This may seem simple, but it could be just the thing you need to relax and recharge after a long day. Taking a hot bath has also been shown to burn calories, so you can relax and lose weight at the same time!
21. Challenge yourself.
Do a crossword puzzle, sudoku, or work on a Rubik's Cube. If you finish them alone, claim all of the bragging rights rather than having to share them with a friend.
22. Make a scrapbook.
Even if you don't feel creative, you can put together some pictures and mementos from your life to start a scrapbook. Make it as simple or complicated as you want.
Things to Do Alone on the Weekend
23. Go to a festival.
Find a local music or arts festival and enjoy the festive atmosphere. You are free to enjoy the event just the way you would like without concern for another person's taste or schedule.
24. Plan a yard sale.
If you want to try to make some money while spending quality time with yourself, gather all of the items in your home that you don't use anymore (but think someone else could) and plan a yard sale.
25. Take your dream car for a test drive.
The dealership doesn't have to know how serious you are when you say you're “just looking.”
26. Do a giant jigsaw puzzle.
This could take several weekends, but the satisfaction you will feel once it is complete will be worth it. Doing a puzzle by yourself will improve your focus and concentration.
27. Start a blog.
Write about something that interests you or that helps or supports other people. This will be your own area of the web to express yourself however you want.
How much time do you give yourself to rest after a long week? Spend the weekend sleeping in and relaxing in ways you don't otherwise get the chance to.
29. Go to a museum.
The good thing about doing this alone is that you can skip the parts that don't interest you and spend as much time as you want in the areas that do.
30. Take yourself to a fancy meal.
Order what you want, eat as much as you want and enjoy watching the other diners in the restaurant. Resist the urge to check your smartphone and take your time while you eat and savor the delicious meal.
31. Go see the movie you want to see.
You don't have to wait to see that foreign film that no one else is interested in. You can go without feeling any judgment or giving explanations. Enjoy your movie, leaving any worries behind that your choice might be boring someone else.
Fun Things to Do Alone at Night
32. Brainstorm some goals and break them down.
One of the best things to do alone is to brainstorm some long-term goals for yourself and break them down into short-term goals. Give yourself something to look forward to, and plan what you’ll do the next day to get closer to one of your goals.
33. Treat yourself to a nighttime spa treatment
This is the best time to indulge in some of those at-home spa treatments that have been sitting in your bathroom cupboard. Try some facial treatments, or give yourself a manicure. Turn your phone off and play some relaxing music.
34. Plan a weekend road trip.
Give yourself an adventure to look forward to by planning a road trip for the weekend (or the next one coming). Plan your stops, what you’ll do there, and where you’ll sleep. Decide what you’ll bring for food and drinks, and check the weather forecast.
35. Draft a short story with you in it. Make it messy.
You could be the main character, the antagonist, or a side character who’s narrating the whole thing. Have fun and just let the words flow as the story develops in your mind. If you finish and want to keep writing, do some voice journaling for one of your characters.
36. Practice with a language app.
37. Dance to some of your favorite songs.
One of the most fun things to do by yourself at night is to enjoy your favorite tunes and dance to them. If you’re too self-conscious to dance in public, this is the time to let loose and discover your moves — or try some new ones. Drinks are optional.
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What are your favorite things to do alone?
Hopefully, after reading these hobbies to do alone, you have come across a few things that strike a chord with you. Doing things alone may seem boring or difficult at first, but once you find some fun things to do alone, you'll start to crave that time you have away from the world.
When thinking about what to do alone, remember that adding some solitude into your packed schedule is never a waste of time. In fact, the busier your life is, the more you will benefit from having fun things to do alone.
Even if it's just for a few minutes a day, make sure that you find some time for yourself. This might stretch you out of your comfort zone, but creating some solo time could be the missing ingredient to perfect balance in your life.
What are some activities you enjoy doing alone? Do you know others who might appreciate this list of fun things to do alone? If so, please take a moment to share this list on your preferred social media platform.
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