So, hey. At the time of writing this, next week would be Valentine’s Day.
I’m sure some of you would be spending it with a special someone or with friends or the fam. But I’m also sure some of you will be like me, spending it alone. In my case, it’s just a typical day in the college life of Kate the Stressed Out College Girl. And I couldn’t care less about Valentine’s Day passing by uneventful.
I’m a 100% introvert. Seriously. I’ve taken the Myers-Brigg Test three times and my Introvert-ness is consistently 100%. Which is probably why it’s not shocking to me that I love my alone time.
But I realized not everyone is comfortable in their own company. I know a handful of people who feel so awkward being on their own, they seek refuge in social media.
I guess the problem is some people think of alone and lonely as the same thing.
Friends, they’re not.
And to prove it, I have a list of things you can do alone and not feel lonely. Because 1) it’s been soooo long since I made a really simple list post and 2) I know plenty so explaining them one-by-one would give you a 583209-word post. That’s more or less trilogy-length. And you wouldn’t want to read something that long, now would you?
Anyhoo, enjoy! 🙂
- Read your favorite book
- Take a short hike
- Photograph things – You don’t have to be an expert and you don’t even have to use a professional camera. Just take a picture of something with your phone or a point-and-shoot camera. Remember that the point here is to enjoy, okay?
- Watch your favorite movie
- Draw something – Again, don’t stress over how unrealistic your drawing may look. Just enjoy the creative process 🙂 Better yet…
- Create something – Any small creative projects are healthy! Not only do they keep your creative juices active, but they’re also quite relaxing. Take your pick!
- Do some stretching
- Blast on some good vibe music – And might I suggest to my fellow millennials, Disney songs? 😉
- DANCE – Whether you want to do it in public or in the comfort of your home is up to you hehe
- Cook or bake something for yourself – And to my fellow culinary newbies, try something you’re confident you won’t burn
- Start a journal
- Go jogging
- Play an instrument – And if like me, you don’t know any instrument, just belch out some notes with your very own vocal chords
- Clean your room
- Play a word puzzle or even try the Rubik’s Cube
- Go to a (safe) public place like the park or mall or the beach and people watch – I’m telling you this is way more fun than it sounds.
- Star gaze – Look for a place near you that’s perfect for it, I’m sure there is
- Stay at home when everyone else is out – Enjoy the quiet. This is my favorite thing to do alone and I’m seldom alone at home so I savor every chance I get.
These are gathered from years of personal experience and I’m someone who’s comfortable in my own company. Still, what works for me may not work for you. But try out a few of these things. Or even think outside the box and do something else entirely! As long as you are enjoying yourself; that is the purpose of this post, anyway.
And also, you never know what you’ll enjoy doing alone unless you do try, yeah? 😉
How do you make time for yourself? What do you best like to do alone?