23 Things To Do By Yourself This Valentine’s Day
- Bubble bath with a good book or a glass of wine.
- Go for a long walk.
- Order in from your favourite place. My favourite part of eating alone? No one else can dispute where we are getting food from. I see you pizza, and you are all mine.
- Watch your favourite movie and enjoy your favourite snack (Chips are always a yes from me). Again, no one to point out that we have already seen Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire seven times. Not that this observation would have deterred me.
- Treat yourself to that guilty pleasure. Mine is always a new outfit.
- Get something done that you have been putting off for awhile. Sometimes getting productive can be a great feeling and distraction.
- Buy some cheap magazines and make a vision board. I’m also a massive fan of post secret. We could create our own.
- Make a time capsule. When I was 10 years old much to my fathers chagrin I buried a time capsule in his backyard. He forbid me from re-destroying his lawn to retrieve it but I am going to have to one day. You could always go to less extremes than burial and simply tuck it away. Some suggestions include cultural artefacts, lists of your favourite things, or a list of your greatest accomplishments to date.
- Make a list of your own self-care routines. I keep a list of things that make me feel better in my bullet journal so it is always handy when I am feeling down. It can be hard to think of things to pull you out of a slump when you are already in one.
- Start planning a trip. Research flights, places to stay and create a bucket list of the things you will do.
- Reach out to an old friend who may also be celebrating solo. Make plans for a friend date in the near future. Reconnecting can be amazing. Perhaps, you could even get together and watch those movies or friend date tonight.
- Is there a hobby you have been wanting to try out but have not? This could be the night to do it. For example, starting a blog of your own. Or knitting (my long desired hobby). Or for something you might have the things for already… origami. I can make a few things and it is always fun to bust out as a secret skill but learning provides a unique challenge.
- Pick up a new book and read it from start to finish. With your favourite beverage, be it tea or alcohol (Personally I do not like drinking while I read cause I get worried I will not remember what I have read). I like to visit used bookstores for books that have lived lives before me. But I am also trying to get back into library books to save moola. I accidentally started reading multiple different books but the one I am most determined to finish is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.
- Make a scrapbook of a recent trip or a monumental event. Alternatively, you could create a new craft. My go to is working on my bullet journal in my classic Leuchtturm1917 notebook .
- Try a mental reframe of this alone time. What are some benefits to having this evening completely to yourself? Make a handwritten list.
- Get off social media for the day! Or week even! You know those couples, the “Oh, look at the super sweet thing my significant other did for me today… blah, blah, blah” A. Who gives a fuck? B. You’re interrupting your date night to for this post? If it was that great, you would not have wanted it to end. C. It’s always those same people. The ones who want everyone to think life is peachy. I don’t even believe it at this point. Either way, those posts can be a buzzkill and should be buried in your feed in no time. #jomo
- Make a list of things to do in your city. I hate my hometown but I am trying to combat that by seeking out new things. You might be surprised by the top ten things to do in “your city.” If there is something on your list you could check out by yourself tonight then go for it.
- Once, my little sisters car got stolen. I requested my local bakery write a sassy comment on a cake for her as a small pick me up. I share this story because you could get yourself a complimentary cake. You don’t need to explain yourself to the icer. They won’t know it’s for you!
- Watch some Ted Talks for fresh perspective and inspiration.
- Hit up a spa for some pampering. I love a massage and it is super relaxing.
- Start that creative pursuit. Write your first shitty draft, or draw out your first mediocre sketch. Vision is great but not if you keep it to yourself.
- Also, you could try looking up local classes. Is there any subjects you have wanted to know more about? I have always wanted to be fluent in Spanish and this is something I should explore more in my downtime.
- Most of all just remember that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being single. If anything, I would argue there are benefits. Furthermore, take this time to figure yourself out and what you want and need from a relationship.
What are some of your favourite things to do by yourself?
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