40 Fun Things to Do by Yourself, No Matter Your Mood

Updated 11/28/17
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Whether you're a people person or a full-on introvert, alone time is essential. It gives us time to take care of our basic needs (which usually happen to be tedious) like laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning up, but it can also be fun and allow us to get to know ourselves in new, unexpected ways. That being said, alone time is only as rewarding as we make it. So to make sure everyone gets the most out of these precious moments, we made a list of 40 fun things to do by yourself, for every mood you find yourself in.

If you're just feeling restless, if you've just moved to a new city, if everyone you know is busy, or if you need to get some thinking done without anyone distracting you, these activities to do by yourself will have you covered. And while they'd be fun to do with others, they're arguably even more rewarding when experienced on your own. Scroll through below to take your pick.

When You're Feeling Restless

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  • If you love the outdoors and the weather permits, head out for a hike with a good playlist or podcast to listen to.
  • Sign up for a guided workout class you've been wanting to try or haven't splurged on in a while.
  • Treat yourself to a staycation at a local boutique hotel.
  • Take a day trip to a nearby town or city. Or if you don't want to make that big of a trek, explore a new part of town.
  • Get adventurous by trying an extreme sport or going skydiving.
  • Take a dance class to get those endorphins pumping.
  • Research destinations for your dream vacation. Make a Pinterest board, start a budget spreadsheet and give yourself something to look forward to.
  • Plant a mini herb garden at home. It'll come in handy all year round, and it's perfect whether you only have a kitchen countertop or an entire outdoor space.
  • Treat yourself to a live concert. The music will be entertaining, you can dance without fear of what anyone thinks and come and go on your own schedule.
  • Rearrange your furniture. You'll get a fun workout in and a fresh perspective, to boot.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter and spend your day making furry friends.

When You Need Alone Time to Think

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  • If you've had a lot on your mind lately, head out for a long walk. Try to find a scenic or peaceful place to stroll to get inspired while also feeling relaxed.
  • Download a meditation app and give it a try. Who knows? You may end up liking it. And if you don't, now you know.
  • Play solitaire.
  • Take a bath. It may sound simple, but a relaxing, warm soak might be the relaxation you've been looking for.
  • Go for a long drive or train ride to clear your head.
  • Take yourself out for a solo picnic in the park.
  • Find the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset and let your mind wander.
  • Visit your favorite cafe and curl up with a cup of tea and your journal.
  • Marie Kondo your home. A clear space promotes clear thinking.
  • Head to the closest campsite and sleep under the stars. There's no better place to embrace solitude than surrounded by nature.

Just Because…

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  • Go to a local park, and bring a snack as well as a good book to dive into.
  • Check out all your favorite stores or new boutiques. If you don't want to spend any money, just go window shopping.
  • Treat yourself to a delicious meal at a fancy or buzzy restaurant.
  • Spend the day scouring vintage and antique stores.
  • Get crafty. Bring out the art supplies, head to the store for a candle-making kit, or check out a beading store to make your own jewelry.
  • Go to a farmers market or flower shop, and customize some bouquets.
  • Make some new recipes at home. If you love cooking or if you're just a beginner in the kitchen, you'll have leftovers to enjoy throughout the week.
  • Reread a book or watch a movie from your childhood for a trip down memory lane.
  • Give an old piece of your furniture a new lease on life with a DIY makeover.
  • The only thing better than a spa day is a spa day spent completely on your own. Book a mani-pedi, facial, or massage—you deserve it.
  • Explore a used bookstore. You might stumble upon a treasure you would've never otherwise encountered.
  • Write a short story or a personal essay. Channel your college years and
  • Blare your favorite song on repeat and pretend you're in a music video.
  • Create a DIY salon and experiment with new hair and makeup styles. Treat yourself to a mini selfie photo shoot afterward.
  • Print your favorite photos from your phone and add a gallery wall to your living room.
  • Build a fort in your living room, complete with twinkle lights and cozy blankets.
  • Write a letter to someone you've lost touch with.
  • Go see your movie of choice at the cinema, without having to share your popcorn.
  • Perform simple acts of kindness. Pick up litter on the street, refill expired parking meters or buy a hot lunch or cup of coffee for a stranger.
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