I’m not much of a people person. It’s not that I don’t like people, it’s that I’m an introvert who gets mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted from high amounts of social interaction. I have a small friend group and most of my closest friends don’t live anywhere near me. Being this way, I have long appreciated the joy of doing things alone.
I have only recently realized just how many people don’t like to do things solo. Or at least, there are things that people think they can’t do by themselves, which actually really surprised me.
Here are 5 things that I think everyone should be comfortable doing alone, at least once in awhile.
Enjoy a Workout
I can appreciate that for some people, fitness is a social activity. It can be a great bonding mechanism to talk to your friend that’s on the treadmill beside you or to spin next to someone that you can commiserate with after you’re both exhausted from your class. Not to mention, you can get a ton of added motivation by having someone to keep you accountable.
It doesn’t matter if it’s group fitness or a solo gym session, don’t be afraid to do it alone. If there is a certain type of workout you’ve been wanting to try out but can’t find anyone to join you, sign up anyway! This can be a great way to meet some new people, and since you’re doing a group activity you won’t even notice that you’re by yourself!
There are also benefits to working out alone. Working out can be a great opportunity to just clear your mind and focus on what needs to be done. You can push yourself harder on the treadmill if you aren’t concerned with carrying on your conversation or you can use whatever machine you want, whenever. It may feel better if it’s a social activity, but there is no reason you can’t kill a workout by yourself! Just make sure you find your own ways to stay accountable and keep up with the workouts.
Watch a Movie
For a span of three years, I would go to at least one movie a month at the cheap seats. It was something I enjoyed doing and there was always at least one movie that I wanted to see. I was in college the first year this began, and I always had at least one friend who wanted to go do something. After college, it was a bit different. Everyone went their own ways and had jobs or further schooling to worry about. I still enjoyed movies though, so I continued to go. Sometimes I would find someone who wanted to join me, but more often than not, I was alone.
It never felt weird to me. How often do you actually interact with your friends while you’re watching a movie? Sure, you may share a laugh together, but are you really visiting at all? Movies aren’t as social of an outing as they are often made out to be, and there is no shame in sitting in a dark theatre alone. I can guarantee that no one will be looking at you thinking ‘who is this crazy person sitting alone.’
Just this past weekend, Cineplex theatre was showing Grease on one of their screens. As someone born in the late 80’s, that’s not a movie that I ever thought I would see in the theatre. My husband has no interest in seeing it, which means that I could either miss out or go alone. To me, there was only really one option here. A bonus to going alone? There is no one that you have to share your popcorn with and you can totally stretch out if the theatre is empty enough for that.
I haven’t had a ton of travel opportunities, but I’ve enjoyed the places I’ve visited, regardless of it I was alone or with others. Even some of the trips I have done with others I still spent some solo time exploring. I’ve survived the airports and frustrating connections, I’ve wandered the Las Vegas strip, went on Disneyland rides and explored Waikiki all by myself. I was able to stop and take pictures when I wanted, visit the stores that I wanted to and see sights that I wouldn’t have seen if I was on someone else’s schedule.
It doesn’t have to be a big trip to somewhere exotic. You can easily travel alone within your province, state or country. Even exploring within your own city can be an adventure in itself. Just make sure that you use common sense, no matter where you are. Solo travellers can sometimes be seen as an easy target.
Attend an Event
It can be daunting to walk into an event alone. You don’t have a default person to stand with or talk to and you may feel awkward and out of place at first. If there is an opening of a store you want to attend, or a festival or an art showing at a museum, don’t skip it just because you don’t have a friend to go with. More than likely, you’ll regret missing it more than you would regret a bit of awkwardness. Outings like a paint night at the local pub can still be enjoyable even if you’re alone, just enjoy a few cocktails and chat with the people you sit beside. Who knows, you may even gain some new friends!
Eat a Meal
Along with attending an event, eating at a restaurant can be one of the more intimidating activities to do alone. It always surprises me when I hear people say so matter-of-factly that they can’t go to suchandsuch a place by themselves. Well, why not? What’s stopping you? Going to your favourite restaurant can be some well-deserved alone time. Sometimes it’s just nice to not worry about what to make for dinner or hit up your favourite restaurant without the added pressure of social interaction. Take along a book that you’ve been reading or bring your headphones and listen to some music or a podcast. If it’s located on a busy street you can sit out on the patio or by the window and enjoy some people-watching. Don’t rush through your meal, take your time eating and enjoy the alone time.
If you’re looking for a meal to enjoy alone, Edo’s Bento Box is a great option. This box includes two sides and a few different options for their main dish. You can get Teriyaki Chicken, Beef Noodleful Bowl, Tempura Shrimp Chop Chop and more. Add on one of their Gold Peak Iced Teas in Lemon, Raspberry or Green Tea, and you are set for a great meal!
The great thing about Edo is that it’s a casual setting where you won’t stick out like a sore thumb, even if you are alone. If it’s a nice day, it’s also a convenient meal to take to the park and have a little picnic. Sadly we aren’t near that point weather wise here.
Edo’s has partnered with me to supply one of my readers with a $25 gift card! Enter below, you must be a resident of Canada to win. The contest will run until midnight on Friday, April 27th. Enter now and maybe you’ll get to enjoy a Bento Box on your next solo outing! All entries will be verified.
So tell me, what are your favourite things to do solo? Is there one thing that you would never do alone?