Right now is the perfect time to work on yourself and do some self discovery. What are your hopes and dreams? Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 or 20 years? How would you like to spend time alone?
There are so many ways you can choose to spend your alone time. Maybe you want to meditate, go for a run or go shopping. Do something that appeals to you. The last thing you want to be spending your personal time on is things you don’t enjoy.
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Ideas on how to spend time alone
These ideas are just examples, if there’s something you really want to do or enjoy then have it. Do what makes you happy! 🙂
Make a bucket list
Write down things you would like to accomplish in your life time. Maybe you want to write a book, or watch the entire series of The Good Place (so funny, I highly recommend it). Perhaps you would like to travel somewhere special, or try something out of your comfort zone. (Ie singing in public, swimming with sharks, eating escargot).
There is no particular number of aspirations you have to write down. Write down as many or as little as you choose. As you complete an aspiration then cross it off.
Continuing adding to your list as new desires pop up. Don’t be afraid of adding to little ortooo many. This is completely personal preference.
Organize your closet
It’s a great time to give future you a hand and sort out your closet you’ve been meaning to organize for quite a while now. Try on clothes, put aside what doesn’t fit or you just don’t enjoy anymore. Pack up your seasonal stuff that’s not suitable for the current weather or if you’re feeling really ambitious you could sort your socks. I find this oddly calming. Lol.
Try matching a couple outfits so they are ready and quick to grab in a pinch.
Jenni has a fabulous post on how to “shop your closet“.
Practice self care
Self care can be anything from bubble baths, doing “>skincare or catching up on some reading, (“>kobo usually has a lot of great “>ebooks on sale) to doing daily non glamorous self care such as dishes and laundry or budgeting. If you feel the need to spend time doing something “physical” then try an at home workout, yoga, scrubbing your floors or bath tub.
If you feel like you need to zone out then try reading, watching something funny or listening to some of your favorite music.
Spend time cleaning out your inbox
I know I’ve suggested this one before, but it is incredible how quickly emails can just pile up. Delete all the ones you no longer need, clean out your spam and junk folder. Create different folders to help keep your emails organized. Such as a work folder, one for online purchases, funny emails incase you need a laugh.
Spend time organizing your bookshelf
If you are anything like me then your bookshelf looks like the books were just thrown on it. I use to have beautiful bookshelves, now I only have one bookcase and it looks disastrous. Look on Pinterest or YouTube for different fun ways to organize it. Get creative, it’s your bookshelf, make it appealing to you.
There are a plethora of ways you can choose to organize your bookself(ves). Spend some time alone looking up ideas. Perhaps you love the look of “rainbow” shelves. Or if you’re like me then organizing them alphabetically appeals to you.
Whatever you choose make it something you personally will enjoy.
Clean up your spice drawer/rack
It is extremely irritating being in the middle of cooking or baking and not being able to find the spice you need. Don’t give yourself that added stress. Take the time to go through your spices, toss any ones that are old or not something you enjoy.
Put your favorite and most used spices front and center so that they are easily accessible for when you need them. Check the texture and consistency of your spices, they wont last forever. If they are old they tend to have less flavor or a very unappealing flavor.
Create a meal list
This may be “old school” but floundering for meal ideas then ordering take out won’t be sustainable. You don’t need to have a gourmet list. Just some meal ideas you/your family enjoy eating. If you’re looking for something quick and easy toast and beans fits the bill. Salad, Kraft dinner and hotdogs, soup, stirfry. There are quick and easy options available that wont have you blowing your food budget.
Having a menu of favorite or easy go-to meals can also save you a lot of money. Take out is not cheap and if it is, it’s probably not something you really want to have in your body.
My rule of thumb:”cheap is not always better”.
If you’re looking for cheaper food options I highly recommend shopping the sales at your local grocery store. For fruits, veggies and meat the sale items have a higher turnover rate so you are most likely getting fresher food.
In the case of veggies, canned and frozen are also fantastic and cheaper options than fresh. They still contain the same nutritional value. If you choose canned make sure to rinse the veggies off before you eat them. If you aren’t buying low sodium or no sodium they usually contain a lot of salt. Most of that salt can be quickly rinsed off.
Make yourself laugh
Yes, laughing is actually healthy for you. Take some time to read some funny jokes, or look up cute/funny videos on YouTube. (Baby panda sneezing or goat yelling at human are a favorite of mine).
There is plenty of benefits to laughing. First off it’s contagious. So it can help to ease tense situations and lighten the mood. It also brings people to you. It makes you come off as being more approachable. Also, is it possible to be mad while you’re laughing?
I would like to point out that you don’t have to always be productive. It is perfectly fine to sit around all day in your pajamas with your coffee that is fooling no one. Listen to your favorite music, binge a series on Netflix or Disney+ (I suggest The Mandalorian if you haven’t seen it, also The Emporers New Groove).
We all cope differently and that’s okay. Do what feels right for you. Spend time alone however you like.
Let me know how you are holding up down in the comments below. Do you have a favorite productive activity? If so let me know what it is.
Till next time,