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Feed your brain

Your brain needs nourishment and fuel just as much as your body does. It’s easy to forget that when you’re busy with everything else though, isn’t it? But in order to work at top capacity, your brain needs to be fed.

  1. Read a book. If you feel like you’re not a reader, it might just be a matter of finding the right kinds of books to read. Amazon has an excellent program for readers called Kindle Unlimited. You pay one monthly fee and read all you want for free. That way, if you get bored and find it’s just not something you’re interested in, you don’t have to feel guilty about not finishing it. Just move on to something else.
  2. Do some research. I keep a list of things that I want to learn more about or want to become more educated on. Sometimes it’s just a question. Sometimes it’s full blown topic. I jot them down in a note on my phone as I think of them. When I have a little time, I look it up on the internet. You can find information on absolutely anything online. Best food for medium size dogs? What’s killing my grass? Is there such thing as too much protein in my diet? All that information is out there.
  3. Trivia is fun. I’m a trivia junkie when it comes to my favorite shows. My daughter and I love the TV show Friends and I bought a deck of trivia cards. The only problem was, it was way too easy for her! So, I’ve been looking up bits of trivia on the show to try and stump her. You can do this with anything. Make up your own trivia cards and use them with friends.

Take yourself on a date

In my part of the world, restrictions on restaurants and other public places are easing up. That means people can start dating again β€” within reason of course.

  1. Go out for a nice meal. Who says you need to have company to enjoy eating out? Personally, I love food so I don’t need an excuse like a date or meeting up with a friend to go to that new restaurant I’ve been dying to try (unfortunately, very few of those around here!). The only thing I need is a day that ends in y and I’ve got all the reason I need to go out to eat!
  2. Watch the sunrise or sunset. They happen every single day! Even if you have no one to watch it with, you can enjoy the moment. You might be able to do it from your back yard with a glass of wine or you may need to find somewhere else to watch it from. Why not make it a challenge to find the best place in your area to watch sunrises and sunsets from?
  3. Have a nature date. Sometimes nature is best enjoyed alone anyway. There’s no one to interrupt your thoughts. Go on a hike, visit a lake, take a kayak trip down a river β€” the options are endless.

Pamper yourself

It’s always nice to be pampered by someone else, but there’s no reason why you can’t pamper yourself. You’re worth it!

  1. Learn to give yourself a proper pedicure. With the right lotion and tools, you may wonder why you ever paid someone to do something so simple.
  2. Did you know self-massage is a thing? You can give yourself a massage using just your hands or you can add a few tools like a tennis ball, a foam roller, or a trigger point massager to make it even better.
  3. Cook for yourself. When you live alone it is easy to eat soup from a can every night. We tend to only cook when other people are coming over. But why? Don’t you like food? As I mentioned, I do. I love a good meal. And I like different flavors. I’ve started cooking really good food for myself. Because I can. And guess what. No one complains about my cooking!

Other random ideas for thing to do alone

Being alone is not a bad thing. In fact, you may come to love it once you start finding things to do alone. The beauty of doing things alone is that you don’t have to keep anyone else happy. No one will mock your ideas of a good time. No one will say, β€œThis would be more fun.”

  1. Dance. Alone. Maybe naked. It’s good physical activity, you get to choose the music, and it helps you get rid of self-consciousness.
  2. Write a letter of if you hate writing by hand write a long rambling email. People appreciate it when you take time to do that.
  3. Write your memoirs. You don’t have to write with the intention of publishing them. But start writing out your memories. When you’re gone, someone will find them and appreciate them.
  4. If you don’t have one already, start a journal. It’s amazing how much of yourself you reveal when you start writing things down. For instance, I’ve been keeping a journal or diary since I was 13 years old and reading them, one thing has been very apparent. I’m way too obsessed with my weight!
  5. Start collecting something. It can be anything. Rocks. Stamps. Notebooks (ya, that’s a thing). It doesn’t have to be something of value. Just something you enjoy.
  6. Coddle your inner child. Paint by number. Color. Do a puzzle. Get a jump rope and get good at it β€” learn some tricks even. Recite those old rope jumping rhymes. What did you like doing when you were a kid and your friends weren’t around. Do more of that!
  7. Go on a solo road trip. Get in the car and drive. Even stay a night in a hotel and stay up all night binge watching your favorite show, eating potato chips and chugging your favorite pop.

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