For a lot of people, alone time is spent chilling on the couch, binge watching just about any show on Netflix. Yet, when it comes to spending time alone in public spaces, this idea can sound like an utter nightmare. But why not take yourself out? After all, dates are not just for couples!
Solo dates involve doing whatever any couple or group of friends would do on an outing, except it’s with no one but your awesome self. This allows you to take time for yourself without the burden of having to coordinate with other people's busy schedules. Although the thought of going on a date unaccompanied can seem anxiety-inducing and unsettling for some, there are multiple benefits that solo dates have to offer.
The benefits of going on a solo date
1. Confidence boost
The idea of going to the movie theater by yourself might make you feel self-conscious, but running an errand such as grocery shopping alone somehow feels less intimidating. The difference between these two situations is that we tend to treat solo trips involving errands as work, whereas attending an outing like watching a movie has the sole purpose of enjoyment and pleasure.
With enough willpower, you will eventually feel at ease, and the thought of people constantly judging you will disappear. When you realize that you can make yourself happy instead of relying on others, your confidence will increase.
2. Less distractions
Have you ever gone out with a friend and watched them mindlessly scroll through their phone while you're supposed to be spending quality time together? It could be frustrating for those who value their time to have it taken advantage of.
Solo dates are the perfect time for self-reflection and productivity, away from the distraction that other people or your phone itself may cause. Try turning off your phone and admiring your surroundings.
3. Surge of creativity
Alone time means you can take your mind off the grind of work, school, and countless other responsibilities. Go ahead and take a quick walk, observe the beauty of nature, paint your own abstract piece of art, free your mind of life's restraints, and let your imagination run wild!
Affordable solo date ideas
1. Attend a matinee showing
Matinee showings are much cheaper than a regular movie theater ticket. They're especially great for someone who would rather avoid crowds since they're earlier in the day when theaters are less busy.
2. Visit a museum
Museums are the ideal place for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Not interested in old century art? There are a variety of museums that hold exhibits dedicated to cars, film, and other interesting topics! Some museums offer discounts or have free days, so mark your calendar and head down to the closest museum near you!
3. Take a community class
Have you always wanted to take a pottery class, but none of your friends showed interest in joining you? Sign yourself up for one, and check out your local community center for classes! Community colleges and recreational centers hold a wide assortment of classes such as art classes, exercise classes, and cooking classes. This is also an excellent way to meet new people and get to know your community!
4. Go thrift shopping
Thrift shops are full of treasured items that you may not find anywhere else and are a much more sustainable alternative to regular department stores. Feel free to shop at your own pace and admire all the unique pieces.
Instead of buying antiques, you could also take the time to donate a few of your old items you no longer want to keep.
Now get yourself ready for your solo date!
The combination of work, going out with friends, and dealing with the daily grind of life can be immensely stressful and tiresome. Reserving time for yourself to be alone allows you to get away from these issues and refresh. Been longing to see that popular indie film that critics have been raving about on Twitter? Want to check out the beautiful botanical gardens down at the county museum? Why wait for someone to accompany you? No one knows you better than yourself.
Solo dates may seem scary at first, but along the way, you'll begin to gain the confidence you may have been lacking. There’s nothing wrong with spreading love and appreciation to your friends and family, but showing this same devotion to yourself is just as important!