Post Updated on July 29, 2020
Hands up if you love your alone time (??). Ah yes, that quality time to be all by yourself, free to be your weird and quirky self. Now hands up if you feel like you don’t get enough quality alone time. Maybe you do, but you find yourself wasting it or not using it to the full advantage. Are you letting that precious self-care time slip by?
As somebody who feels more energized after I’ve spent some quality time alone, I think it’s super important to actually make the most of it. After all, it can be a rare occurrence to have a moment to ourselves away from work, other people, and responsibilities in general.
When we finally get a moment to ourselves, even if it’s just a few minutes, how can we make most of this precious time? Today, I’m sharing three simple tips to maximize your “me” time and prioritize self-care.
This post is for my fellow introverts who value alone time, but it’s also for those who struggle with alone time and prefer to be around other people. Let’s get into the tips to help you embrace alone time a little bit more!
3 Ways to Embrace Your Alone Time
1. Make self-care personal
Just because one person loves taking a bath doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. Self-care is such an individual thing, so you have to figure out what works for you. After all, self-care should be relaxing, not a chore. Think about the types of activities that energize you or allow you to find moments of peace. By knowing your ideal self-care practices, you can turn to these whenever you want to fully embrace your “me” time. If you’re looking for examples of self-care practices, check out this post!
2. Keep a self-care wishlist
If you find yourself with an unexpected free evening, you might not know what to do with yourself. That’s why I keep a list of all of the self-care practices I’d love to try when I have the time. The list might include journaling, reading a book I’ve mean meaning to check out, taking an online class, or cooking myself a recipe I’ve had bookmarked forever. If you keep a list of these things, you can pull it out whenever you have 15 to 30 minutes of downtime and check one thing off the list. This is a great way to not feel totally lost when you end up with some alone time.
One of the best things I’ve ever read on the internet is a post from Jezebel where people share their strangest single people behaviors (or things they do when they’re by themselves). It’ll give you a good laugh and maybe even spark some ideas for your next “me” time sesh.
3. Stay away from social media
It’s easy to start feeling like you’re missing out when you see what other people are doing on social media. You might be scrolling through Instagram and feel jealous when you see what your friends (or strangers) are doing while you’re at home by yourself. If you find yourself caught up in the fear of missing out, take a step back from social media. Instead, use your alone time to connect with yourself rather than worrying about what other people are doing. Prioritize your needs, not what you think you should be doing just because other people are doing it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying some quiet time by yourself, am I right?