Every once in a while the stars align and you find yourself alone, with time on your hands. And other times you simply plan for it. Either way it’s good to have that alone time to focus on yourself.
Parents spend so much time on their children’s needs that they disregard their own. Well, before you were a parent you were a person that did things they enjoyed.
I know that time without the children is rare, unless your working. Date nights and outings are great to plug into your schedule, but it’s also important to do things you enjoy. So, what are some things to do when alone?
Take A Class
I’m not referring to a college course but you can do that if that’s your thing. I mean take a beginner’s class one day doing something you love or have always wanted to learn. My two favorites are a sewing class at Joann Fabrics and a class at Painting with a Twist. Joann’s has other classes but I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew. I personally like to have a private instructor, though, which they also offer. Painting With A Twist is just so much fun. A drink in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. You don’t have to be good at either, you have no one to impress but yourself :).
See A Movie
I remember feeling scared to go places by myself. I felt like a loser if I had to go out alone. My therapist talked me into trying an activity alone. So one weekend I decided to take a free movie ticket we had and go see Hidden Figures. I admit, I felt odd at first, but the movie was so great that those awkward feelings soon faded away without notice. The movie was so good that I kept that great inspirational feeling with me all the way home. You’re in a dark theater to enjoy a great movie so go ahead and do it. No kids crying, no extra snacks to buy, no one to ruin the movie for you. Just you and the movie.
Barnes and Noble + Coffee
I’m not a big reader, nor do I do well with coffee, but once in a while I get a great book suggestion. One of those that I can’t put down until I finish. If you have some time to be alone, you could head over to Barnes and Noble. Get that great new book (or new to you), and chill out with a coffee, reading without no interruptions.
I am oddly obsessed with psychological concepts and how the brain works. So my most recent favorite read is The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.
Get Your Workout On
This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but you don’t have to be a fitness guru to get a small workout in when you’re alone. You don’t have to do it for any other reason but that you wanted to because you had the time.
Your workout can be any of the many options that are out there. Go for a jog in the neighborhood or on the treadmill, go biking, or find a workout on YouTube to go along with.
Don’t be discouraged either because this is just something you are doing in your free time. It’s not like you’re training to be in a fitness competition. If you are, though, that is great and keep up the great work.
My favorite workout is a light stretch doing yoga with a YouTube video.
Netflix And Chill
This is one of my favorites. Sometimes I use Netflix but it could be any streaming service. Whichever one has your favorite show or that new addictive show everyone is watching. Get comfortable on the couch with a drink and snack and start binge watching. Don’t feel guilty about the chores either, they will get done another day.
My new favorite show to watch is Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger on Freeform. Ah-Dic-Tive! My husband has been taking it back with the old Macgyver shows. Whatever show it is you like, take the day to just catch up on it and even start a new show.
Do A Little Gaming
Games are everywhere, on every platform. There are different kinds of games for almost anyone. You could play on a gaming system like X box, Nintendo, or PlayStation. You could find a game on the computer like The Sims, or download an app like Candy Crush. You could even connect with other players on Facebook for something like Uno. You could also check out the newest coolest way to game, virtual reality.
My husband likes a little Resident Evil or Friday the 13th on the X box. I play a little solitaire or Sudoku on an app.
These are just a couple options that we could think of but I’m sure there are plenty more. Let us know in the comments below how you like to spend your “me” time.