10 Productive Things To Do Alone

I sometimes find my weekends completely empty. No plans, no friends to call, and very little errands to run. During this time off I like to take a couple mental health days. There’s nothing wrong with spending a weekend alone and choosing to not pack that weekend with tons of plans. Here’s a couple of things you can do alone when you find yourself with solitary free time:

1. Take a bath

Set aside a good amount of time to just soak and forget about all your other problems.

2. Go to the library

Sign up for a library card and get started on the reading list you pinned on Pinterest two years ago.

3. Binge watch a series

Escape your own reality with a non stop marathon of Netflix.

4. Go to the gym

Push yourself harder than you usually do and spend some time sweating it out in the sauna.

5. Learn a new skill

I personally learned how to crochet, I’ve made like 6 infinity scarves because that’s all I know how to do – but it’s really easy!

6. Go on a hike

Somewhere safe you can go alone, obviously. The scenery is guaranteed to make your day.

7. Run errands

Get done allllll of the things you’ve been putting off.

8. Clean!

I guarantee there is one spot in your house or one drawer in your room that needs reorganizing.

9. Get your nails done

Or do what you do to pamper yourself.

10. Shop!

Spend a little money and splurge. You’re not spending $16 on two cranberry vodkas at the bar with your friends so go buy yourself a new top or necklace.

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35 thoughts on “10 Productive Things To Do Alone

  1. Love this! The other day I went to a museum alone and it was amazing because I didn’t feel rushed to look at the art exhibits, I just leisurely went around in my own pace.

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  2. I get in trouble at the gym and aggravate an already painful low back situation. It used to be that the endorphins outweighed the aggravation but not anymore. I really did it this time. I also am not going to spend my ‘alone’ mental health days doing errands. Errands can drive up stress levels. When I’m not booked, I read and write, being careful to vary my body positions so I don’t make myself hurt. I will take a chance and go see a movie, hoping it’s not too long. I look it up and count the minutes. It’s tough to lead a carefully managed life like this one, but I still have my voice in my writing for various publications and my blog, which is appropriately tagged, now that I have learned the ‘no more than 15 tags and categories combined’ WP Rule that they never tell you.I picked that up the same way I found you, through OpinionatedMan. I have bipolar disorder subtype I, and a few other conditions. Sometimes it’s a wild ride. Lately it’s been scorchingly painful. It turns out that writing helps pain by opening up other neural pathways. I hope that the art of pain management improves soon. There’s got to be a better way than this.

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    1. I’m sorry to hear that! Oddly enough, spending my alone time running errands actually lightens my anxiety. I’ve never gone to a movie alone before, but it’s on my list of things to do. Writing can heal in all types of ways – thank you for stopping by and I wish you all the best 🙂


  3. Reblogged this on The Anxiety Chronicles and commented:
    These are great! I’ve done all of these things alone, except go on a hike. I’ve hiked with a group of friends and it was pretty awesome! I would be too scared to hike alone, because I’m directionally challenged so I would get lost, and im also very clumsy lol.

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  4. Stoked I found your blog! Super post! In today’s society ‘mental health days’ seem so frowned upon. We need to always be moving and chasing SOMETHING. Stillness is tremendously undervalued. It’s the appreciation of the little things that makes all the difference. Look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

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    1. Thanks for following 🙂 I completely agree, I feel like every article I read is telling me to travel and be all over the place doing something – sometimes I just need to enjoy some alone time and relaxation!


  5. I agree with Paul. Your suggestions here are really great. Thanks for your ‘follow’ – I’m going to follow you back 😉
    Liked your Blogiversary post too. It’s very relevant to my latest post. Looking forward to checking out the rest of your blog when I have time.

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