I want to take a moment to remind you of the value of alone time! Whether you are a parent, a student, single, married…you need to take time for yourself. Optimally this would be time for you to do an activity you enjoy, alone. I note that of the top ten things I like to do in my free time, they can ALL be done solo or with a partner. I find value in both. Hiking, gardening, and crafting can all be done with someone…which is great for the relationship and can be great fun; however, doing them alone allows time for introspection. Engaging in fun activities alone can help you get to know yourself, bond with yourself, and increase self confidence.
Often, people who avoid doing things alone because they are afraid of how they will look, they will feel anxious, or they are judging themselves. I encourage you to challenge yourself on those theories. I have gone out to eat alone, gone to movies alone, taken rides on my bicycle alone…all can be incredibly freeing if you let yourself enjoy the moment! I assure you, most people are far too busy with their own lives (or smartphones) to care what you are doing. Give it a try…choose something that you’ve been wanting to do with a friend, and go it alone!