Spending time alone shouldn’t just be about Netflix. These solo date ideas will kill your boredom, recharge your mind and lift your spirits.
Going out with a Significant Other or friends is a lot of fun. But planning dates can be a headache. Usually, we will look for places and activities that everyone enjoys. But those date ideas might not be what you want to do the most.
That’s the beauty of dating yourself. You make the call. And you can do what you want to do. Want to go to the beach or spend the day people-watching in a café? Go for it. And honestly, there are so many fun things to do alone that you might not know about.
So if you are single or your friends are busy, give these fun solo date ideas a try. Who knows, you may fall in love with exploring the world on your own. Scroll on to get inspired.
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Solo dates: fun things to do by yourself
Put together a bouquet
Who says you can’t buy flowers for yourself? Flowers have the magic power to light up a space. So if you need something to freshen up your living room or your bedroom, this will be an excellent solo date idea for you.
Go to a flower shop or a farmer’s market. Pick some flowers that fit your aesthetics. Roses, carnations, lilies, tulips, explore, and experiment! Then arrange them in a bouquet and create your flower art.
It may take some time to put together your first flower bouquet. But the result will be worth the effort.
Take a dance class
If sweating in the gym is not your thing, give dancing a try! Whether it’s Hip Hop, ballet, or contemporary, you can always find a genre that fits your level. And going to a dance class may also introduce you to new people. Maybe you’ll make some new friends, too!
Volunteer at animal shelters
It’s always relaxing to pet your cats or dogs. But, if you don’t own one, don’t worry. You can spend a day with cute fluffy loved ones by helping them at an animal shelter.
Depending on each shelter, you may clean cages, feed animals, or train them. If you are an animal lover, it will be a fulfilling and meaningful self-date to try.
Self-date idea: Netflix binge
Yes, you will be surrounded by the crazy-in-love couples but if the movie is good enough, who cares anyway?
You don’t need anyone else to see a great movie. Oh, don’t forget to check if there’s an available discount on the ticket.
If you are more of a homebody, stay at home and binge on Netflix then. Popcorn and soda sound like a cute date, right?
Treat yourself with your favorite food
Throw your diet out of the window (for a day:)). Arrange a cheat meal (or cheat day) for yourself once a week and allow yourself to have all the good things in life: chocolate, fries, cookies, donuts…you name it.
Solo date idea: get a makeover
Get that dress in the window that you’ve been dying to get for a long time. Give yourself a little makeover and maybe try the styles you’ve never tried before. You will be amazed at how fresh you look and how happy you are with just being you.
Solo date at home: Meditate
Meditation is a good way to relieve the stress from work and it is said to be helpful for insomnia, headache and ADHD. And it can be a great mental self-date for a chilling Sunday afternoon.
If you have time, take 20 minutes, put yourself in a lotus position and try meditating. You may fall in love with this self-exploratory practice.
Related Reading: 7 basic steps to meditate as a beginner
Warm bath with aromatherapy
A hot bath will warm your body and calm your soul. Take however long you want until you soak all your blues in the water.
What’s even better? Grab your favorite read, a drink, light up some candles, put them on a bathing tray and enjoy some me-time in your own spa.
Take a new profile picture
Hire a photographer to take a new profile photo for you. It’s not just a self-gift but can also elevate your confidence in the professional world. When you look good, you will feel good.
Meaningful solo date: random acts of kindness
You may have already done RAOK, or random acts of kindness, without noticing it.
It simply means to do something good for strangers, abandoned animals or anybody out of no reason. By helping those in need, your mood will be elevated and you will feel happier.
It doesn’t have to money-related. If you have any clothes or accessories, donate them to local charities. Or spend some time volunteering.
Here’s a list of random acts of kindness ideas to start with.
Things to do alone at home: Redecorate your room
The place we live in has so much to do with our emotional and physical well-being. Living in an artistically appealing home is a joy. So why not take some time to make your room the way you want?
Are you an introvert or a homebody? Consider spend your day at home to redecorate your living space. If repainting the wall seems like too much work, you can go get yourself some wall art that fit your aesthetics. And comfy bed sheets of your favorite color can never go wrong.
If you stay home alone for a lot of the time, here is a list of fun things to do alone at home to enjoy the most of your me-time.
Brunch at your favorite café
Sunday brunches are the best. Enjoy a lazy and cozy day doing nothing but chilling out!
Create a playlist and sing along
Do you have playlists for every emotion? Pick one, shuffle the songs and sing along! Studies have found that singing help to relieve stress and loneliness.
And you don’t need to go to the Karaoke, which makes singing a fun thing to do at home alone.
Things to do alone: Working out
If you are super bumped out of being single, you can actually use some endorphins. And honestly what can be better than sweating your way to a perfect body and pure joy!
At-home self-date: Re-read your favorite book
Find your hygge in a good read (plus beer). Go back to one of your favorite books and read it again.
I’ve read The Alchemist for 3 times now but still managed to rediscover words of wisdom each time. And it may do so for you too!
Mother Nature has the power to lift your spirit and refresh your mind. So if you have a day off and don’t know what to do by yourself, why not go hiking?
Hiking can be relaxing and challenging, depending on the difficulty of the treks. And the sense of accomplishment you get by finishing the walk is the best reward of the sweats.
Cook yourself dinner
Try a new recipe or simply create one. Light up some candles and treat yourself just like a formal table-for-two.
Solo date: Find a rooftop and enjoy the sunset
Immerse yourself in the gorgeous view of the city. Take the time you need to recharge both mentally and physically.
Feel the gentle light scatter on your skin and the breeze touching your face. Happiness is a choice, and you are capable of living in the moment.
Read also: 34 Motivational quotes that will inspire you to live in the “NOW”
Picnic by yourself
You don’t need a bunch of friends to go to a picnic. All you need is the food you love, a book and good weather.
You can even go without a book and spend an afternoon people-watching. It can be the best time for self-reflection and bathing in sunshine and the fresh scent of grass.
Spruce up your pantry
Your body deserves the best thing on earth. And the best gift you can give yourself is a healthy body.
If you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle, don’t force yourself to jump in a strict diet that is difficult to follow through. Instead, start with replacing all the processed food with whole and fresh ingredients.
So what about the ice-cream in the fridge and the cookies on the shelf? Should you finish them all at once so you can start eating clean? Absolutely not.
Donate the food you don’t need anymore. Give the snacks to a fake friend or an annoying neighbor. And fill your fridge with fresh ingredients and you are good to go.
Write yourself a love letter
Time to rediscover your shining spots. Observe yourself from a third-person perspective and list all the things you love about you.
Dates are for bonding. So take the time to fall in love with yourself all over again.
Or crossword puzzle, or any game that will take your mind off from daily mundane.
Go out and Shop
Hit all the shops yelling “V-day Special Offer” and get all the things you want with the almost-best price of the year.
Go on a solo trip
If you don’t have any planning, follow the 3 steps: check out Airbnb, book an awesome house and pack your bags and let’s get the party started.
Who knows, maybe your meant-to-be is booking the tickets for the same destination as well.
Unplug – Spend a day without digital devices
Arrange a day free from Instagram feeds, Facebook lives or anything that is not really important. Detach from your phone and bring the paper back.
Bullet journaling, reading books, coloring pages…pick one to your liking. Leave the Internet chaos behind and enjoy a day of self-exploratory.
Play games and have fun on your own
Download a simulation game of any kind, such as Episode. Choose a story and type in the name of your secret crush. And Do Whatever You Want.
Do a brain dump
We’ll not be able to enjoy our me-time if chores, project deadlines and stress are filling up our brain. To recharge our soul with positive vibes, we need to empty our emotional baggage first.
Take out your bullet journal or use this free template to do a brain dump. Transfer what’s on your mind to paper to have a clear view on things that are bothering you. Then you can start prioritizing the items instead of carrying them everywhere you go.
Learn to do origami
It’s amazing how much you can do with a piece of paper. With plenty of tutorials available, you can easily turn yourself into the next origami master. How about an iris to begin with?
Have you tried these solo date ideas?
Here are all the fun things to do by yourself when you are alone. Give these solo date ideas a try. And also, don’t hesitate to share the fun things you’ve done on your own. Leave a comment and share with us.
Sunday 25th of April 2021
I live this. It’s so important to date ourselves, just like we date other people and our best friends. Unfortunately t oo many people neglect themselves and forget that they need to work on a self relationship. They lose themselves in others, depending on them for their happiness. I’ve wasted so much time and energy on other relationships in my own expense. Single life taught me how to self love and care, that it’s not selfish, it’s a necessity. We need to and maintain a relationship with ourselves, just like any other relationship we have in our lives. 💜😋
Friday 18th of January 2019
I felt excited when you said that you can chill out if you want to enjoy a lazy and cozy day at your favorite cafe. Actually, my fiance and I broke up. What I want is to find a way to enjoy things on my own. Since I actually find it relaxing to drink and eat, I'll find a sports bar where I can spend enjoying my night.
Monday 15th of October 2018
If i was 2 late then i was allways going to be not 4 you