6 Tips for Pleasantly Spending Unaccompanied Time

Many of us are used to being connected on a 24/7 basis and the idea of spending time alone is scary. It’s a natural reaction. Many of us pass the hours pacing our corridor, thinking what to do with ourselves. Don’t worry, below are some tips for successfully spending time alone, and actually enjoying it.

1. Get involved with new hobbies

Some people who find that they don’t like spending time alone are simply bored when they do so," said Alena Hall in a Huffington Post article. If that's your problem, then snag new some hobbies, as soon as possible. Use the silence to read, or paint, or knit. Or take advantage of an empty apartment and marathon some movies, or learn how to cook. This is your time to try new things, without any distractions.

2. Close your eyes in a dark room and appreciate the silence

Take a moment and sit quietly in a dark room. Listen to everything that is not happening around you. You can learn a lot about yourself in the moments when you’re least occupied—the times when there is nothing to distract you from the thoughts and feelings you deny yourself during your busy days.

3. Put your phone aside

If you've made the commitment to spend some with yourself, then make a point to leave your phone out of it. Checking it not only defeats the purpose of alone time, but you'll likely eye a status update that makes you feel lonely and left out. Push your phone out of sight.

4. Rearrange your furniture

When you’re alone, it’s easy to fall into a pattern. It’s easy to stagnate and feel as if things rarely change. And when you’re alone, this is true—things rarely do change unless you make a conscious effort to change them. The problem is that meaningful change is hard, and what’s hard rarely gets started. To keep things moving, you have to keep things fresh. And to keep things fresh, it’s best to look for small wins that can lead to bigger ones.
Rearranging your furniture is meaningless by itself, but it brings new life to a dull routine, which is easy to fall prey to when you’re spending a lot of time alone

5. Go out on the town

No one ever said spending time alone meant locking your door and camping out at home. "If you hate being alone because you feel stir crazy at home, a change in location could do the trick," said Hall. Go grab a coffee, walk around town, or read in the park. This still counts as "alone time," even though you're not technically by yourself.

6. Use the time for self improvement

You've been telling yourself for ages that you need to update your blog, or go for a run, or practice the piano. Well, what better time, right? Having alone time means getting to focus on yourself and all your personal to-do lists.

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