10 Things To Do by Yourself

By Danni Peck

Updated December 06, 2018

Reviewer Lori Jones, LMHC

Have you been trying to come up with things to do by yourself?

These days, it almost seems frowned upon to do things by yourself. We feel like we need someone with us to do just about everything, but time alone can be very refreshing. Doing things by yourself is a great way to explore your interests and follow your desires without having to compromise with anyone.

Another great reason to do things by yourself is that you learn that you don't need someone else to make you happy. You learn to find peace and enjoyment in solitude, so you can enjoy your time around other people even more when they are around.

You should try it!

Here are 10 Things to Do by Yourself:

  1. Eat at a Restaurant

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We usually see eating as a social activity, but it doesn't have to be.

Have a favorite food that no one else you know enjoys. Take yourself out and indulge! You deserve it, and you might find you really enjoy eating a silent meal in your own company.

  1. See a Movie

Feeling bored and know there's a movie in theatres that you want to see?

If all your friends are busy you don't have to wait. A movie is a great place to start doing things alone, especially if you don't like when people talk to you during important scenes.

  1. Take a Walk

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Taking a walk alone is a great way to get some fresh air and clear your head.

  1. Have a Spa Day

A spa day is like the ultimate solo self-care indulgence. You deserve it.

  1. Travel

Have you ever wanted to travel alone? A lot of people find it exciting. You get to do everything your way - meet new people, see new things, and no compromising!

  1. Go Shopping

Shopping is fun, but sometimes it can be difficult to shop at our own pace when there are other people around. Why not browse and get some quality retail therapy on your own instead?

  1. Volunteer Your Time

Volunteering is a great way to spend your free time. It allows you to help other people while helping you be grateful for what you have at the same time.

  1. Be Crafty

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Want to have a chill day in by yourself? Check out Pinterest and find some exciting DIY and craft projects to try, or do some baking! Getting your 'hands dirty' with these types of projects is almost meditative and can be a great way to relax after a long week.

  1. Exercise

Exercise can be a great activity to do alone, whether your favorite work out involves going to the gym, doing at-home yoga, or going out for a run.

  1. Reading

Reading is another great solo activity that can be done just about anywhere! You can read on the bus, in a park, a coffee shop, or at home if you aren't so comfortable doing things alone in public.


If you really struggle to do things by yourself and prefer having someone with you always, you may be co-dependent. Needing people is normal, but it's important to be independent too.

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A counselor, either in-person or via an online counseling service like BetterHelp, can help you get to the root of your co-dependence so you can finally learn to do things alone.

Once you feel like you've made some progress, try doing some of the things on this list!

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