10 Awesome Ways to Spend Some Time Alone

10 Awesome Ways to Spend Some Time Alone

Spending time alone is an invaluable way to improve your mental health and wellbeing, by refreshing your energy and confidence while urging you to better understand your mind and body.

Spending some time alone has wonderful benefits and can be both a peaceful and enjoyable way to calm your mind and pause from the daily rush.

It is proven to increase one’s productivity, motivation, and creativity levels. Research shows that adolescents who spend adequate time alone are better able to adjust to social situations.

The busier you are, the more you will benefit from spending some time alone. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best ways to enjoy your own company.

1. Movie night (private sofa screening)

If you’re having trouble clearing your mind or relaxing on your own, set yourself up for a private movie screening. Watching a movie is a great way to unwind and detach from reality, letting you enter a new world as narrated by the film you watch.

Watching a funny movie that invokes laughter has huge benefits. Laughter really is the best medicine and can boost your immune system while reducing the release of stress hormones.

Even sad movies have advantages. Oxford University suggests that watching an emotional movie helps your body to release feel-good and pain tolerating endorphins. Paradoxically, this chemical reaction makes us feel happier and more satisfied.

Ideally, watch something which you know you will enjoy, whether it will provoke thought, relax or intrigue you. Put on comfy clothes, grab some healthy snacks, turn off your other electronic devices, and redirect your attention for the duration of the film.

2. Write down your goals

Journaling your goals and aspirations for the future can be a therapeutic way to spend some time alone.

Keeping a diary, whether it be to journal your thoughts or to plan for your future, has great benefits for reducing depression, anxiety, and stress. Those who live under immense stress are likely to experience damaged physical and emotional health at a later stage.

Even more intriguing, studies have revealed that those who journal for 15 minutes, 4 times per day, over the course of four months, experience decreased blood pressure and improved liver functionality. Journaling and writing are also known to improve your immune system.

In addition to these health benefits, writing your thoughts on a piece of paper keeps your memory in-tact, elevates your mood, and can improve and regulate your emotional capabilities.

When going through an emotionally or physically trying time, journaling is a great way to express your thoughts without having to talk to anybody.

3. Dinner date for one

Aside from the obvious health benefits of cooking your own food and keeping track of the wholesome ingredients that you put into your body, cooking and eating on your own is a great way to spend some time alone.

Cooking and baking have vast emotional and mental benefits. Most notably, cooking results in you receiving a tangible object and experience out of the activity. It gives one a sense of accomplishment while doubling as a healthy meal and presenting you with the opportunity to improve on a skill for your overall quality of life.

Here’s a list of some of the emotional benefits of cooking alone:

  • Cooking and baking are creative outlets and can develop the creative side of your brain. Cooking doesn’t have to be a ‘recipe following’ process and can intrigue your mind to think out of the box.
  • It’s a great stress reliever and a change of scenery from sitting at a desk or computer.
  • Using your hands and giving your brain a break helps clear your mind from things that may have been consuming your attention and energy.
  • Cooking stimulates your senses (smell, taste, and touch), and releases positive endorphins which can make you happier and more satisfied.
  • Coming out of the other side with a delicious home-made meal can improve your self-confidence and belief in your abilities.

4. Learn something new

As with cooking, learning to do something new while spending some time alone is a great way to get your creative juices flowing while improving your self-esteem and confidence.

Learning how to do something new keeps your mind engaged and your body active. In addition to this, learning helps you to manage the challenges which you face, while developing your understanding of your surroundings.

We should strive to learn something new every day of our lives, whether it be an interesting fact or a lifelong skill. There is always more to learn, and we should be developing our minds and bodies as much as we can, while we can.

Learning new things is a solid way to open doors to new activities and opportunities, keeping you and your skills relevant in an ever-changing world. It increases your ability to adapt to certain situations as well as your emotional capacity to empathize and engage with other people.

Perhaps a skill you learn now will lead you to a life-changing job in the future!

5. Workout, do some yoga, or go for a run

Without a doubt, exercise is the most common activity to do alone. Working out is a fantastic way to keep your mind and body active and energized while spending some time alone.

Running outdoors in nature will give you the added benefit of spending time outdoors while releasing some advantageous exercise hormones. Yoga combines the benefits of relaxation, meditation, and exercise, and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

The physical health benefits of workouts include:

  • Weight control
  • Increased energy and motivation
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Management of blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Strengthened bones and muscles
  • Reduced risk of developing chronic diseases
  • Improved sleep

The mental health benefits of workouts include:

  • Improved mental health and overall mood
  • Keeping your mind active and engaged
  • Increased energy and motivation to do what you need to do
  • Improved judgment skills. Exercise stimulates the release of proteins and chemical endorphins which improve the functioning of your brain

6. Meditate

It’s a powerful skill to be able to spend time alone, doing absolutely nothing. Clearing one’s mind for a meditative session can be a huge challenge at first, but once you get the hang of it, it can have huge benefits.

Meditation gives you a way to focus on the present and forget about what you might need to do in the future. Focusing on your own self-awareness through meditation can improve your imagination and creativity as well as your patience.

Spending some time alone meditating is proven to be a great way to gain new perspectives on your life and manage your stress levels, leaving you feeling rested and refreshed for the rest of the day.

7. Spend time outdoors

Spending time alone doesn’t mean staying indoors and avoiding other people. One of the most rewarding ways to spend some time alone is to do so in nature. It is well researched that spending time outdoors helps us to destress, reducing our anxiety and relaxing our minds.

Take a picnic blanket, some snacks, and a book and set up under a shaded tree in a park or head over to the ocean for a swim. It’s a good idea to find a sheltered spot where you feel comfortable and safe. Nature is all around us and it’s essential to find solitude in the places you live in.

8. Pick up an old hobby or craft

What better way to spend alone time than picking up on an old skill or interest you used to enjoy? Mindless hobbies and crafts help us to stay creative and motivated while giving us time to think and reflect.

Here’s a list of some of the best mindless hobbies.

  • Knitting
  • Colouring in
  • Painting
  • Sewing
  • Puzzling
  • Scrapbooking
  • Gardening
  • Playing an instrument
  • Cooking and baking

9. Create your own private book club

One of the most common solo past-times is reading. Head over to the bookstore or library and pick and choose from an intellectual, non-fiction, or fantasy-based novel.

Similarly, to movies, books have the ability to transport us into another world while remaining one of the best ways to keep our minds and brains active and developing.

Reading has benefits which far surpass our simple enjoyment and pleasure. Research has shown how reading benefits one’s physical as well as mental health. For example, fictional novels increase our ability to understand and empathize with the feelings and emotions of others.

Even further, avid readers who engage in the activity from a young age are said to be less likely to develop symptoms of dementia in their old age.

It’s a great idea to read a couple of chapters of a physical paper-back book before you head to bed, as reading prepares your brain for a good and regular sleep.

10. Take a bath or a shower

Finally, it can be hugely rewarding to spend some time alone in a bath or shower, cleansing and pampering your physical body with self-care. Depending on the weather, cleansing yourself in a steaming bath or a cold shower has the power to make you feel reinvigorated, giving you the chance to start your day fresh regardless of the time of day.

Bathing is scientifically associated with reduced stress, improved happiness, and even improved gut health and digestion. Run yourself a hot bath, light some candles, and add some essential oils for a true aromatherapy experience.

Scented essential oils are said to evoke different feelings for individual people. All in all, treating our senses is a great way to give our bodies, taste buds, and noses a change of scenery and can have powerful mental effects on the body.

Many of us spend our days sitting stationary at a desk, exposed to blue screen light. Spending some time alone in an atmosphere filled with natural light can have a calming effect on our eyes and minds. A hot bath also does wonders for an achy body and tight muscles.

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Final Words

If the thought of spending time alone concerns you, remember that you will gain much more from spending some time alone, than the time you sacrifice.

Natasha Bernstein

Born in South Africa, Natasha is a Masters educated writer with a passion for sustainability, travel, health and food. With experience in the hospitality, energy, production, and broadcast industries, Natasha has a rounded and unique worldview. When she isn’t writing in her favourite coffee shop, Natasha likes to spend her time travelling the world, surfing, gardening, sewing, and experimenting with fun new recipes.

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