Make your free time your OWN with these inspiring solo activities

Being alone doesn't mean being lonely!

In fact, research from said that pencilling in some alone time every once in a while is pretty damn essential.

Loving your own company can not only strengthen your relationships with others, but it can also lessen anxiety, build your confidence and help you achieve long-term goals.

Some people hate being alone, but with a little effort and a small push outside your comfort zone, loving your own company is totally possible. 

1. Expel negative thoughts

You're not going to enjoy your 'me' time if it's filled with thoughts like, 'my bum is massive', 'I could never do that' or 'I'm not good enough'.

Flush all those thoughts out and concentrate on the good things and what you have to look forward to in life.


2. Go to a movie alone

In the words of Nike, just do it. Yes, we know it'll be a little scary but it will be the first step to conquering your fear of being alone.

Plus, you get to choose the movie, use BOTH arm rests (hurrah!), and you don't have to share the popcorn. It's a win-win situation really.


3. Push yourself to create

Do you love to draw, paint or bake? Whatever your passion is, pursue it in your alone time.

A study by the American Psychological Association found that people who create are happier and more self-assured, because it allows time for positive self-reflection. 


4. Make dreams a reality

Everyone has an idea of what they want to experience in the future. Whether it's to travel, to work in a certain industry, or just to make your small goals reachable, try and make a plan in your alone time.

Achieving what you want from life will make you more self-assured and in turn will build your confidence to take on more goals for your future.