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Embrace Solitude: 12 Low-Cost Activities to Enjoy Alone and Reconnect with Yourself

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Engaging in activities alone can be incredibly rewarding, allowing us to recharge, reflect, and rediscover our passions. The best part? It doesn’t have to break the bank.

This article presents 12 affordable and fulfilling things to do alone that will nourish your soul without straining your wallet. From simple pleasures to enriching experiences, these low-cost activities will empower you to carve out precious moments of self-discovery and self-care.

Make New Recipes

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We all get tired of familiar dishes like chicken, mac and cheese, salads, and sandwiches. Why not try a whole new recipe using your favorite ingredients? You can test your cooking skills by finding recipes online for everything from dishes to desserts.

Try a New Workout

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Regularly working out is a great self-care activity that’s the perfect way to make the most of your time alone. According to the American Psychological Association, working out strengthens our bones and muscles, helps our body and mind relax, increases productivity, and releases serotonin, which helps us feel happy.

Write a Letter for Your Future Self

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We’ve all heard the question, “If you could, what advice would you give to your younger self?” Well, how about writing a letter to your future self?

Sometimes we need to remember what we want out of life. Writing a letter will help remind your future self of who you really want to be and help push you towards achieving those life goals.

Create a New Playlist

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Who’s not in a good mood when listening to their favorite song? Listening to your favorite songs takes you back in time and helps you remember exactly where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing. Creating a playlist with all your favorite songs floods you with nostalgia. Having a playlist on hand can help relax you anytime you feel overwhelmed or stressed out.

Practice Self-Care

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Bathing, exfoliating, moisturizing, using facemasks, shaving, waxing, and getting a pedi/mani can make you feel great. When did you last have time to practice self-care activities you enjoy? You can use your alone time to get your glam back and treat yourself to activities you enjoy.

Write Down What You’re Grateful For

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Starting a gratitude journal can be a life changer. Writing down what you’re grateful for helps you maintain a better mindset and move past the negative things in your life. A gratitude journal can help you focus on the good stuff in your life.

Meditate

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Although the everyday grind can be rewarding, it can also be very stressful, requiring a lot of mental, physical, and emotional work. Take advantage of the stillness of your alone time and practice meditation. Meditation not only reduces your anxiety and stress levels, but it also helps you manage your anger, distress, and irritability.

Declutter Your Drawers

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We all have things to declutter. When going through the stuff in your drawers, ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this?” If it’s been more than six months, let it go. It’s always a good idea to clean things out that no longer serve you.

Go for a Walk

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When was the last time you enjoyed a nice outdoor walk by yourself? Do you remember the joy of watching other people walking their pats and listening to the birds sing? If you ever find yourself alone at home and like to do something out, you can go for a relaxing walk and check in on yourself. 

Organize Your Closet

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It is time to retire all the clothes and things you hold on to in your closet without actually using them—especially the clothes you hoped you would fit into one day. Organizing your closet allows us to eliminate what no longer serves a purpose. 

Watch Your Favorite Show/Movie

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Watching our favorite films or series allows us to unwind, indulge in moments of laughter or tears, and rediscover the emotions and memories they evoke. Whether it’s a beloved classic or a binge-worthy series, this solitary experience invites us to reflect on personal connections with the stories, characters, and themes that resonate with our own lives. As the screen comes alive, we can find solace, inspiration, and a gentle reminder of the narratives that shaped us.

Take a Nap

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It might sound cliché, but taking a nap is one of the most relaxing things you can do when you’re by yourself. Picture this: it’s just you, your bed, and no background noise. Besides being an excellent way to relax, taking naps helps you stay alert, avoid accidents and mistakes, and feel rejuvenated.

Scientists Reveal: 12 Steps You Can Take to Live a Happier Life

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Embrace the power of a healthy lifestyle with these 12 science-backed tips to get you out there, live your best life, and let that happiness radiate like a supernova.

Avoid Feeling Old and Rickety with These 12 Life Changing Yoga Benefits

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Are you looking for a holistic strategy to improve your entire well-being? Yoga is a great place to start! Accept the transforming power of yoga and get its life-changing advantages.

Check out 12 of the most life-changing benefits yoga offers to understand why everyone is trying it!

Discover 12 Effective and Easily Achievable Tips for a Restful Night’s Sleep

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We’ve unearthed a collection of 12 tried-and-true tips that will transform your nights into a haven of rejuvenating slumber. So, let’s dive in and discover the secrets to unlocking the door to dreamland.

12 Foods You Absolutely Won’t Believe Are Good For You

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Prepare to have your taste buds tantalized and your health boosted as we uncover 12 surprising foods that offer a delightful combination of flavor and wellness benefits.

If You Care About Your Immune System Eat These 12 Superfoods

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Maintaining a robust immune system has become increasingly crucial in recent years. Fortunately, bolstering your immune health and reducing the likelihood of falling ill is achievable through a nourishing diet abundant in superfoods. 

 

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Melissa Pino is a biologist, master gardener, and regular contributor for Planet Natural. Melissa's work focuses on promoting environmentally-friendly practices, helping people create healthy gardens and finding ways to achieve overall health and wellness.