It’s a Friday evening, you have no plans. You send your friends a “what are you doing?” text. Everyone’s busy. Instead of sulking in your loneliness, this is the perfect opportunity to have a refreshing evening and rejuvenate your soul/mind. My alone time is such an important part of my sanity, but I know many people struggle with being alone. Here are some tips from me to you on enjoying your own company and embracing your alone time.
1. Tidy up your space + light some candles – I strongly believe that a clean space is a clean mind. Clear out the clutter that you accumulated through the week, turn on some music (my current favorite combination is Chromecast + Pandora + SZA station), and cuddle up in bed with a good book, your favorite blogs (insert wink emoji here), or that journal of yours that’s been gathering dust.
2. Go grocery shopping – This is a strange option, but I know I’m not the only one who loves walking into a Whole Foods, Sprouts, or Trader Joe’s. There’s something about getting groceries that makes me feel like I have my life together. Before you leave, look up a recipe, buy the ingredients and feel accomplished about your cheffin’ skills.
3. Take yourself on a date – I’m the queen of solo dates. Mainly because I love food and trying new restaurants. I swear by Foursquare for discovering good eats around town. Pick one, get dolled up, and enjoy a great meal… all by yourself.
4. Wine and a movie – Let’s say you’ve already done #1, but the book/journaling idea isn’t cutting it. Get that corkscrew out, an Olivia Pope sized wine glass, and watch a movie. The new season of House of Cards is out on Netflix, so that’s a promising option.
5. Do something you love – Weeks are busy with work or school, friendships require time, it’s not often you just get time to yourself. Make the most of it and do something you love or start working on that hobby you’ve been meaning to pick up.
Peace within yourself has such a big impact on how you interact with people, how you perform at work, and just your overall happiness. Put life on pause and soak everything in. How do you enjoy your own company?