Happy Monday and happy 2023 😍✨! To start off the year, I wanted to share with you 4 wonderful ways you can spend time with yourself. Spending quality time alone is a wonderful way to strengthen the relationship you have with yourself. It allows you to discover who you are as a person and helps you boost your self-confidence. To me, it’s the best approach to practice self-love !

I personally don’t have a lot of friends and I struggle to maintain quality connections with people. Knowing how to make the best out of my alone time was one way for me to get out of my negative state of mind and build connections (it’s actually something I am still working on). Before building deep relations with other people, it’s important to strenghten the relationship with yourself, accept who you are, and just enjoy your own company first.

Now, let’s get into it and don’t forget to check out my previous post: 4 WAYS TO TEACH OTHERS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE CHOICES !

How to spend time alone

how to spend time alone
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Go on a date with yourself 💌

One way you can spend time with yourself is by going on a solo date. Dates are perfect to strengthen a relationship with your partner. But it should also be a way for you to improve the connection you have with yourself, by spending time and making memories with yourself. It’s a wonderful practice to do because you get to enjoy your own company and you start becoming more comfortable with who you are. There are so many activities you can do on a solo date but here are some ideas :

how to spend time alone

Make time for hobbies 🎨

Another way I love to spending time alone is by making time for hobbies. Dedicating a couple of hours per week to do something I love, such as painting or watching a movie, helps me unwind and enjoy the time I have by myself. In general, sharing hobbies with your loved one is a wonderful way to make your partnership stronger and have fun, so it should be an amazing way for you to improve your relationship with yourself.

Learn a new skill 🧶

Learning a new skill is another way you can spend time alone and strengthen your relationship with yourself. It allows you to enrich your mind, pass the time and make the best out of your alone time. The point is to make your alone time more interesting and fun, and what better way to do that than to learn something new. It can be anything: crochet, embroidery, playing a new video game, learning a new language, trying a new dish or taking pottery classes.

There are so many benefits to learning new things. It helps beat boredom, boosts your self-confidence and gives you motivation. On a psychological level, taking the time to reflect on what we know and learn new things help us develop feelings of competence and self-efficacy, a sense of being capable of achieving goals and doing more. Learning also helps connect us to an underlying purpose of growth and development.

Practice self-care 🧘‍♀️

You don’t have to do anything fancy in order to have fun with yourself and enjoy your alone time. Taking the time to take care of your physical and emotional self by relaxing at home, doing your skincare, journaling, taking a warm bath or watching a movie at home is another way you can spend time with yourself. I love going out but most of the time, I need to stay at home, alone, in order to recharge. I need to watch a movie in my couch while eating popcorn. I need to take that 30 minute of my day to meditate and journal through my thoughts. It’s truly the best way I can enjoy my time and learn more about who I am.

How to spend time alone

That’s it for today. I hope this post was helpful to you and gave you some ideas on how to spend quality time with yourself 😉🤍!

Note that this is based on my personal experience and what I read (articles/books) during my self-development journey ✨!

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  1. Belle
    January 24, 2023 / 6:38 pm

    I love spending time alone, and everyone should be aware that the benefits of being comfortable on your own can make you a stronger and more resilient person. Alone time is about investing in yourself, and I like your suggestions of things you can do just because you want to!

    Most importantly, we have to realize that loneliness is a mindset, not a state of being. You can feel extremely connected to others and your community even if you live by yourself, and you can feel incredibly lonely surrounded by friends or family if you feel isolated from them. We can keep loneliness at bay by forging a strong sense of self and creating ties through hobbies, friendship, or helping others. Connections don’t have to be with specific people, but with a broader sense of purpose or community.

    • Joy🌻
      February 18, 2023 / 12:34 pm

      This is beautiful and very true !! To be honest, I wish had this mindset growing up, I felt extremely lonely as a teenager, it was hard but with time, I did learn how to enjoy my time alone and now i love it !

      • Belle
        February 23, 2023 / 7:30 pm

        I’m glad you’ve come around to enjoy it! I grew up with a lot of alone time as a child (working parents, no siblings, no extended family) so I guess I adapted from an early age. However, it really took me years into adulthood and moving around to different cities to be able to articulate how to think about loneliness and how to avoid it. Hope you continue to develop in your journey and be able to find peace and connection at anytime 🙂