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

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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.

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Take a Hike

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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. You don't need a hoard of people to make a walk through nature a fun activity. It's a great time to be alone with your thoughts.

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Take a Workout Class

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Sign up for a guided workout class you've been wanting to try or haven't splurged on in a while. It will get you up, out, and give you a little endorphin boost while you're at it.

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Take a Staycation

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Treat yourself to a staycation at a local boutique hotel. If you're going to be alone with your thoughts, it might as well be in a heavenly bed with room-service at your beck and call.

The website Hotel Tonight can help you find last-minute bookings at prices that are pennies on the dollar when compared to their normal rates. Whether you are looking for the B&B down the road or a more swanky high-rise that looks down on the city you call home, it's a great change of scene at the eleventh hour.

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Take a Day Trip

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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. Pro tip: Bring a camera with you. It will force you to focus on details that you might not have noticed otherwise.

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Try an Extreme Sport

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Get adventurous by trying an extreme sport or going skydiving. Getting into the great outdoors with your adrenaline running will instantly pull you out of your own head and give you room to breathe.

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Take a Dance Class

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Take a dance class to get those endorphins pumping. Whether you're an old pro who never went professional, or want to try it for the first time...there's a class for that.

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Plan a Trip

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Research destinations for your dream vacation. Make a Pinterest board, start a budget spreadsheet and give yourself something to look forward to. It might be a plan for weeks down the road, or maybe something that's more of a future hypothetical. Regardless, it's a fun afternoon activity to immerse yourself in.

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Plant a Small Garden

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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. Even if you don't have a green thumb, per se, this is a great way to get started. And if it succeeds, you'll have fresh herbs to use in all your recipe trials as well.

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Attend a Concert

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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. Sometimes, getting lost in a crowd is exactly what you need.

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Rearrange Your Furniture

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Rearrange your furniture. You'll get a fun workout in and a fresh perspective, to boot. You've been sitting in your space long enough that you know what works and what does—so why not spruce it up a bit and set up a new arrangement to try? And hey, if you hate it, you can always move it all back!

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Volunteer at an Animal Shelter

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Volunteer at an animal shelter and spend your day making furry friends. You might not exactly be alone, but you'll be the only human in that puppy pile for sure!

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Go to a Farmers Market or Flower Shop

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Whether you're shopping for yourself or for a friend (or even if you have no plans of buying anything at all!), take a walk through the flower market or shop in your neighborhood. It's a gorgeous change of scene and smells so good too.

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Head out for a Long Walk

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Take a long walk to clear your head. Whether or not you have a destination in mind, it's a great way to get some air and explore your hometown or city. In fact, sometimes it's even better if you're wandering, with no aim at all.

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Try Meditating

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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. Best case scenario? It becomes one of your new daily routines and helps you settle down and become a slightly more relaxed person than you currently are.

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Play Solitaire

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Have a deck of cards? You're good to go. You don't need a partner to play a fun game of cards—and it'll get your mind working, too!

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Take a Bath

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Take a bath. It may sound simple, but a relaxing, warm soak might be the relaxation you've been looking for. Light some candles, add a bath bomb, and play your favorite tunes.

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Go for a Long Drive

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Roll down the windows, ditch the roof, and blast your favorite tunes. A long car ride alone is one of the best solutions for a busy mind.

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Have a Solo Picnic

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Take yourself out for a solo picnic in the park. Pack a basket with all your favorites—maybe a bit of wine, too! Bring a book and take some time to enjoy the day with only your thoughts to keep you company.

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Watch the Sunset

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Find the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset and let your mind wander. You'll see your own home from a totally different persepctive.

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Visit Your Favorite Cafe

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Visit your favorite cafe and curl up with a cup of tea and your journal. You'd be surprised at how much you love taking yourself out for a solo date.

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Marie Kondo Your Home

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A clear space promotes clear thinking. Pull everything out and only keep what brings you joy.

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Head to the Closest Campsite

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Head to the closest campsite and sleep under the stars. There's no better place to embrace solitude than surrounded by nature.

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Go Shopping

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Check out all your favorite stores or new boutiques. If you don't want to spend any money, just go window shopping.

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Go to a Local Park

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Bring a snack as well as a good book to dive into. People watching has never been more fun.

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Treat Yourself to a Delicious Meal

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Treat yourself to a delicious meal at a fancy or buzzy restaurant. You don't need friends to get on board to be able to enjoy your hood's next best eating locale.

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Spend the Day Vintage Shopping

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Spend the day scouring vintage and antique stores. Whether or not you're in the market for something specific, a day of browsing is just as much fun.

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Get Crafty

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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. You might just find a new skill you didn't even know you had.

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Make Some New Recipes at Home

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If you love cooking or if you're just a beginner in the kitchen, you'll have leftovers to enjoy throughout the week. And if you blow the whole thing, no one will be there to find out.

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Reread a Book

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Pull out a book you know you love and take a deeper dive. Nothing you loved enough to read twice? Watch a movie from your childhood for a trip down memory lane.

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Give an Old Piece of Furniture New Lift

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Try a DIY makeover. You'll never believe what a new coat of paint will do to an age-old dresser or coffee table alike.

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Indulge in a Spa Day

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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.

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Explore a Used Bookstore

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Explore a used bookstore. You might stumble upon a treasure you would've never otherwise encountered.

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Write a Short Story or Personal Essay

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Channel your college years and then some. Pick up your pen and let your imagination run wild.

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Blare Your Favorite Song

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Blare your favorite song on repeat and pretend you're in a music video. Whether you turn up the speakers or pop on your favorite headphones, let yourself dance around your house with reckless abandon.

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Create a DIY Salon

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Create a DIY salon and experiment with new hair and makeup styles. Treat yourself to a mini selfie photo shoot afterward.

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Print Your Favorite Photos

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Print your favorite photos from your phone and add a gallery wall to your living room. It's just the thing your living space has been craving.

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Build a Fort

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Build a fort in your living room, complete with twinkle lights and cozy blankets. You know you loved it as a kid...secret is, it's just as good as an adult.

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Write a Letter

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Write a letter to someone you've lost touch with. You know it's been in the back of your mind for months—or maybe years–and now is the time to bite the bullet and actually do it.

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Go to a Movie

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Go see your movie of choice at the cinema, without having to share your popcorn. If you and your friends can't agree on a flick that you all love, it's time to go out and see it for yourself.

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Perform Simple Acts of Kindness

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Pick up litter on the street, refill expired parking meters, or buy a hot lunch or cup of coffee for a stranger. You might take this one day to do a few good deeds, but it might very well become part of your new routine.

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