A few weeks ago, I saw a post in a Facebook group. A girl said that her boyfriend was going to be out of town for a week and asked the group members for ideas on what to do at home alone. She was at a complete loss on how to avoid boredom without her man there. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I love alone time. It’s something I need in my life, and if I don’t have it, I go crazy. It’s one of the main reasons I don’t have kids and one of my main concerns when bae was moving in. Luckily, I’ve never had to sacrifice that sacred me time.
Last week, Ryan went out of town for 5 days. I knew I’d miss him like crazy, but at the same time, I was excited for the opportunity for some me time. It was amazing! Here are a few of the things I did, and some recommendations for the next time you find yourself home alone. These are the same activities I’ve found that help ease my anxiety as well, so if being home alone makes you uneasy, give these a try!
1. Catch up on Bravo
I don’t subject Ryan to The Real Housewives and I actually love watching it alone. I’ll always have a few weeks in between watching, so I’ll have a few episodes to catch up on. Even better when there are two cities I watch in season at the same time. It feels like girl time, but I’m alone which is even better. This can apply for any stupid, girly show you may like. If you don’t have one, find one. I promise it’s so much fun!
2. Do at-home yoga
I love doing yoga, but being in the comfort of my own home makes it so much better. YouTube has tons of free videos that will guide you. My favorite channel is Yoga with Adrienne. I used to do her videos every day and I loved it.
3. Read or listen to an audiobook
I absolutely love books. As I’ve mentioned several times on the blog, I go through about 2-3 books a week. I completely immerse myself into another world and hours can go by without even realizing it. Sometimes I get through a book in one sitting. I personally love audiobooks because I can listen to them as I do other things like clean, organize, drive, etc. But oftentimes I’ll just sit on my couch with a warm cup of tea and just listen. You can check out all my recs on my Goodreads account if you’re interested!
Meditating is something I totally need to do more often. For a while, I was doing it every day and it really helped me be more productive and calm. Nowadays, I try to take 10 minutes anytime I’m alone and just close my eyes and think about nothing. The best app out there for meditation is Headspace and I love it. Andy has the most soothing voice and he perfectly guides the meditation in a very gentle way.
5. Have a spa day
I love taking care of myself, but it’s always the thing that gets pushed to the backburner. I often find myself skipping that face mask so I can get more work done, but self-care is so important. When I’m home alone, I’m much more likely to have a little at-home spa day. I’ll usually pick a series of face masks (a deep clean charcoal mask, a hydrating treatment, and a good peel). I also love doing my own nails, so I’ll give myself a mani-pedi and even have some fun with some nail art.
6. Catch up on blogs
Finally, being home alone is a good time to catch up on blog reading. There are so many great blogs out there, and I feel like most of them don’t get the readership they deserve thanks to Instagram. A few of my personal favorites are TheUrbanRealist, Lauren Elyce, Coming Up Roses, LaurynCakes, and Live Style Travel.
Doing these things is what keeps me sane. I just love my me time. It truly is magical!
What do you do when you’re home alone?
Photos by Ryan Carpenter.