The Classic Brunette: 10 Ways To Enjoy Your Alone Time

Thursday, June 1, 2017

10 Ways To Enjoy Your Alone Time

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Being alone is one of those things that I'm pretty dang good at. I know, it's a weird thing to say, but it's true! I've found that people generally love or hate being alone, and it does normally have to deal with being an introvert or an extrovert. I'm not saying that's always the way it goes since I know plenty of extraverts who enjoy their alone time, but it's pretty much the norm. I personally love getting time to know myself and spend some time away from everything else in the world. 

In one of my classes this semester I learned that it's necessary for the brain to have some 'off time' where it doesn't have to think critically and interact with others. This gives your mind and body time to recharge and you get to learn more about yourself #TrueFacts. This basically means that everyone is in need of alone time. This was actually what inspired me to write this post! Like I said though, not everyone is great at spending time alone and often times you can feel bored or lonely if you don't know what to do with yourself. Here are my best tips for breaking those boring moments! 

1. Cook or Bake

Okay, I recognize that this one may involve some critical thinking, but this tip is all about having fun and getting creative. I'll sound like a huge nerd for saying this, but when I'm alone (and heck, sometimes when I'm with my closest friends) I'll cook or bake and pretend I'm on my own tv show. It's ridiculous and probably a little insane looking, but it's always a good time. Try out a new recipe from Pinterest or whip out a tried and true favorite that always makes you happy. Just don't try too hard of a recipe because cooking can also make you super frustrated at times!
2. Organize

I love organizing, and sometimes this is my best tool when I really want to procrastinate on anything LOL. Seriously I can organize, reorganize, and re-reorganize my bedroom, pantry shelves, bathroom counter, you name it, and I won't get bored. Sure it can sometimes become a daunting task (like for instance if I had gone out the night before with a full face of makeup and left every last piece of makeup I own on the counter for myself to organize in the morning...) but it's always a great way for me to focus on something other than my own thoughts. Plus, if you're one of those people who can't deal with themselves alone for a second, this tip should keep you pretty busy all day!

3. Read

Reading has always been a pretty big hobby of mine since I was pretty young. (Unless you ask my parents who would say I didn't catch the reading bug until middle school, but they aren't here are they?) I always love to have a book on my nightstand and I've recently been trying to actively read for a half hour every night before bed. For times when I have the house to myself for the day, I also like to pull out my book of choice and just forget about the real world for a few hours. Does anyone else ever truly get lost in a good book? I feel like it's one of the best feelings! My favorite book overall is The Great Gatsby, but I also recommend the Shopaholic Series (currently reading) and Amy Poehler's Yes Please for some lighter reads!

4. Dance

Okay another dorky fact about myself, I throw solo dance parties ALL THE TIME. Literally the second everyone is gone from the house I break out the jams and bust a move. Yes, it looks just as bad as you're picturing. It helps to get me moving and is really just a blast! Right now I'm crazy obsessed with Harry Styles' new album although most songs aren't particularly 'dance-worthy' you should still give it a listen (even if you don't like One Direction it's a completely different sound!) and I also love the song I'm The One by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber! (100% 'dance worthy' and I may have pulled something the other week dancing to this...)


5. Workout

Want to pass the time AND be productive? Get some exercise in! I know it depends on the person, but I exercise so much better when I'm by myself. Partners can be great to motivate you to actually work out, but I'm just not as comfortable exercising when there's another person next to me. My competitive side normally comes out and I get frustrated when I can't compete. So I use my alone time to go for a run, lift some weights if I have them, or as I talked about above get a little cardio in with some dancing.

 6. Give Your Pet(s) Some Love

Sometimes when you're alone you want some form of company, so hang out with your furry best friend! I am one of those weird people who has conversations with my pets like they understand every word I say, and it definitely makes those lonely feelings melt away. (Do I sound like a crazy cat lady yet?) Cuddle up with your cat, dog, rabbit, llama, whatever and let them know that they're not alone either!

7. Go Through Your Stuff

Similar to organizing, but this time you have to decide if you actually want to keep all the stuff that you find in your house. I personally love going through my closet and beauty items because it makes me realize how many things I never wear/use. Go through what you think needs a look through (hint: pretty much everything) and sort items into three piles: keep, sell, and donate. It's more fun than it sounds and once again it will definitely keep you busy!

 8. Spend Time Outdoors

Clearing my head and getting out of the house are two of the key things that keep me sane when I have too much alone time. I have a nice big park a few blocks from my house so when I feel like I've been cooped up for too long I like to walk around and get some fresh air. Even though I'm not the biggest outdoors girl, sometimes you just need some sun and air to make everything a little better.

9. Educate Yourself

Have some extra alone time on your hands? Why not learn something new about a topic you're passionate about? If you're a blogger like me you could always delve into the terrifying world of SEO or learn more about the best ways to grow each of your social channels. (Psst have you checked out my Instagram Tips post?) Or what about that one lesson a teacher once lectured about that had you sitting at the edge of your seat? There are websites and books on pretty much every topic out there, so why not discover something new! One of my personal goals this summer is to spend my alone time finishing my Greek language Rosetta Stone course since I'm super passionate about the language. (I honestly don't have a good reason why, I'm just a Greek history nerd!)

10. Go To Target (or Your Favorite Store)

A trip to Target is always worthwhile to me. (I promise this isn't sponsored, haha!) I'm not sure what magical powers this store has, but I could spend hours in there and not get bored. If you're desperate for something to do in your alone time, take a trip to your local Target or your favorite store and just browse. No one is forcing you to purchase anything (although let's be honest you probably will make a pit stop in the dollar section and scoop up a few things) and you can just let yourself look at everything. Again, this is my last tip because it's kind of a last resort thing. If you are 100% not an alone time person and absolutely dread every other tip I've talked about hopefully immersing yourself in a public area can do the trick for you!

What are your favorite ways to spend some alone time?

52 comments:

  1. This post speaks to me on so many levels! Just this week I finally had a night alone, and all I did was organize, purge my closet, dance and go to Target!!

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    1. Haha that sounds like the absolute perfect night to me! I can't wait to purge my own closet when I get back to my house!

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  2. I definitely agree with a good book. Such a great way to relax alone. Great suggestions.

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    1. Thank you! I love getting to immerse myself in a new story, what are some of your favorites to read?

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  3. Being alone definitely does not mean being bored! I always find something to do to keep my mind occupied. I love learning new things and love a good book!

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    1. Yes! I know some people (mostly my best friend) who does not do well with alone time but I think keeping yourself busy is key to enjoying it! :)

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  4. Love all this activities! Specially giving some love to my pup. I know sometimes he hates me when I hug him too much hahaha but I don't care.

    xx, Melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

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    1. Haha this is too true! I do this with my cat at home and with my roommate's dog. I feel like they can never have enough cuddles, they however might disagree!

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  5. I love organizing and it really helps to me to get rid of stuff that I will never use again. :)

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    1. Yes, organizing is so fun for some reason! Definitely will have to go through some things soon and purge what I don't use!

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  6. I love organizing when I'm alone! Helps pass the time and I feel totally revived after!

    xx,

    Lacey

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    1. I feel the same way! Organizing is just so fun!

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  7. I love being alone too! I'm definitely a bit of an introvert so I need my alone time.

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    1. I 100% agree! My friends joke that I could never see another person and be satisfied, haha!

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  8. I love spending time alone! I have four little ones, so it usually doesn't happen very often:)

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    1. Oh my gosh I can imagine! Well here's hoping you happen on some nice alone time soon! :)

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  9. I live along and I love it! I do have the pups to keep me company :)

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    1. Pups are the best! Give them all the snuggles and you'll never feel alone! :)

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  10. As someone who's always alone, I relate to this post so much. xx

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  11. Love these tips! I definitely need to prioritize alone time a little more.

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    1. Thank you! I think alone time is something everyone should have every once in a while to refuel! Or in my case a little more than every once in a while, haha!

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  12. I LOVE to read when I have down time. That an paint my nails :-P

    Mindy I amixofmin.com

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    1. Oh yes I love painting my nails! When I get the chance I love to do nail art, haven't done that in forever though!

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  13. I am one of those people that crave alone time! All of your tips are spot on! xo
    McKenna
    stylewaltz.com

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  14. Such a great post. These tips are awesome!

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  15. I love these tips! I actually really enjoy being a lone, I need to do it for my stress .

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    1. Thank you! I do too, my alone time makes me feel loads better after a stressful day!

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  16. I fall into the camp of those who love being alone. I prefer it over spending time with people about 85% of the time. :) I really love spending time outdoors! It always seems to energize me.
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

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    1. Same here girl! I feel like I'd take some alone time over people more likely than not! I definitely love spending time outdoors when I can! Hikes are always my favorite!

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  17. Getting time to be alone and do something I love is so amazing, it doesn't happen often enough.

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    1. I agree! It's always hard to find some decent alone time! Definitely need to make it more of a priority!

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  18. Reading is one of my favorites. I definitely miss having extra me time to do that more often. Great list.
    Angela

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    1. Thank you! Reading is one of my favorite ways to unwind, what are some of your favorite books?

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  19. I definitely love spending time with my little dog Darla!! Favorite time of the day!

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    1. Aw yes! Cuddle time with the pup is always the best!

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  20. I actually just read Yes Please and I really liked it! Amy is hilarious!

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    1. She really is!! I loved when she talked about her visiting the dentist because I totally related, haha!

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  21. Fun list. I think my favorite on here is to dance. Seriously thanks to grey's anatomy I am a huge believer in a motivational dance party lol

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    1. Haha the motivational dance party is REAL! It's such a fun way to get your energy up and reboot your emotions!

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  22. One thing I do when I'm all alone is catch up on my ZZZ's ;)

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    1. Oh yeah that's another great one!! I could always use more sleep!

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  23. I JUST made a post like this the other week so I loved reading more ways to enjoy alone time. Wonderful post :)

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    1. OMG really?! I'll have to go read it! And thank you! :)

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  24. I used to hate being alone. Once I really learned who I am and got in a serious relationship (then married), I've learned to really enjoy my alone time because it doesn't happen often. When I do get some alone time, I like to curl up on the couch with my pups, a cold beverage, and watch a TV show or movie that might be too girly for my husband.

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  25. I really enjoy my alone time, now that I'm a mom, especially!

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  26. LOVE THESE!! Such fun things! I love to read! The Shopaholic series has always been one of my faves, but I think I'm, like, 5 books behind lol!! Gatsby is also MY all time fave book! Clearly we have a lot in common haha!

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  27. Going to Target on my own is a total escape!

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  28. Such a great post! I WISH I had more alone time!! It's like non-existent these days lol.

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  29. Great post, thanks for sharing! We all need some "alone time" every once in a while. I have a million things that I could do during some along time, haha.

    xo,
    Brooke || www.kbstyled.com

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