If you’re bad at finding time to do all the things you love in life – have you thought about dating yourself?!
It’s a concept that sounds interesting. Sure, we go places by ourselves all the time. The grocery store, the mall, driving to pick someone up, but as I’m sure you’re thinking – these tasks are NOT a date!
Dating yourself means doing something…
…and you’re doing it all for you with only you.
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Before I get into some amazing dates you can take yourself on, here’s why dating yourself should be at the top of your self-care list…
- You get time away from the craziness of home/work/life to cherish yourself and enjoy your own company. Need I really say more at this point?!
- Dating yourself means you can try something new.
- You don’t need to compromise for anyone. Do what you like!
- You can complete items off your bucket list.
- You can grow as an individual.
- Going on a date with you means you are showing yourself love. This is good for you and the people are you.
The Art of Dating Yourself:
- Dedicate a specific day and time for your date. Put it in the calendar and make sure to follow through.
- Alternatively, be impromptu! If you find yourself with some free time, try ditching the laundry and go out for a couple of hours instead.
- Choose a date idea that fits your current mood. Stressed? Perhaps go for a pedicure and a long walk. Feeling like you need to expand your mind? Hit up the museum.
- Don’t procrastinate. Once you know what you’ll be doing, do it! Get out there and make it happen.
- Have a mantra. If you’re the type of person who isn’t used to (or comfortable) going to places on your own, try this little mantra. Say it in your mind… ‘I am looking after myself and trying something new. I love myself and I deserve this’.
Now, let’s get these dates planned!
10 Dates to Take Yourself On…
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1. Bookstore and a Coffee
For those bookworms out there, when was the last time you had some good reading time in your favourite cafe? First, go to a bookstore or library and get lost in the new reads all around you. Take your time, look through potential reads and enjoy your relaxed environment. Once you make a selection or 2, take yourself to a coffee shop or cafe, grab a drink and start turning those pages!
Tip: Stay for as long as you can. Immerse yourself in your book and do some people watching at the same time 🙂
Here are a few of my recent reads…
2. Watch the sunrise or sunset
We all have beautiful places not far from where we live and what better way to enjoy them then being there when the sun comes up first thing in the morning, or when it goes down at night.
I have a park on the water near my house where the sun rises over my beautiful city. As part of my quest to go on more dates with myself, I’ll be heading there more to see the glorious day wake up.
Think of where you can enjoy a sunrise/sunset and take yourself there with the goal to have some quality quiet time. It’s a fantastic way to set yourself up for a positive day or to wind down at the end of the day to contemplate life.
3. Try a New Activity
We all have things in our mind or on our bucket list that we want to try. Why not make this activity your weekly date with YOU?!
I used to walk past a belly dance studio in my old neighbourhood for about a year with the thought that I’d like to try it one day. Well, I finally signed up and enjoyed 6+ years of weekly belly dancing classes. I did this for myself – to grow my self-esteem, to laugh, have fun and spend time with great women.
What do you want to do? Stop thinking about it or planning on doing it one day… do it today!
(At the end of this article share in the comments what you want to try).
4. Take Yourself to the Movies
If you haven’t done this before, don’t be shy about going alone. Here’s the deal, you don’t have the share the popcorn, you can watch whatever you like and sit in your favourite spot!
If you have done the movies on your own and love it – then take the time you need and go more often.
It’s a fun way to escape the every day and just enjoy!
5. Dinner & Wine
Who says you can’t make yourself a gorgeous dinner along with a glass of wine or 2? If you know there is a night that you can arrange to be home alone, then treat yourself to a dish that only you love!
I do this whenever I get the chance. In my home, half of us don’t like fish so I don’t get to eat it very often. If I know I can be home alone one night I’ll make a healthy and delicious fish dish along with some great wine. Pair that with a little Netflix binging and it’s the perfect night!
Need I say more?!
6. Walk & Flowers
This is one of my go-to self-dates. I love going on a long walk – sometimes through a new neighbourhood, a park or my own area. This is a good time to do some thinking, a little exploring and of course exercise.
I follow this up with buying myself some flowers on the way home. After all, who says you have to wait for someone else to buy you flowers? Just do it for yourself!
If you did this date for yourself, where would you go?
7. Cooking Class
If you’re someone who enjoys trying new foods and exploring in the kitchen, sign yourself up to a cooking class. It could be a 1 day program where you make your meal and then enjoy eating it after, or perhaps it’s a weekly program. (I’ve done both but absolutely loved a number of weekly baking programs I did at a local culinary school).
Whatever your choice, doing a cooking class on your own is fantastic, as yes – you are attending solo, but you will still meet new people and learn some new skills. And of course, there’s the luscious food you’ll be eating!!
8. Spa Day
This date doesn’t take much convincing! I ask you this though – have you done the proper spa experience. The kind of spa I’m referring to are spas that have therapeutic waters like these examples in the Toronto area: Body Blitz, The Scandinave. They offer time in their waters plus the spa’s include everything you would expect – massages, pedicures, facials, etc.
Have a look in your area to see if you can find spas similar to this. If not, enjoy a treatment at your local nail salon or see a massage therapist.
9. Museum and Lunch
This is the ideal day out for anyone looking to do something new for themselves. Find a museum, art gallery or outdoor exhibit and take it all in on your own. You can take as much time as you need or move quickly. I love doing this by myself as I find most people move through museums at different speeds and it’s never fun to feel rushed or to be waiting on someone!
Finish trip off with lunch at the gallery or museum restaurant or pick another location close by.
Take yourself on a picnic to a local park! You can either pack a small lunch beforehand or purchase some food at a nearby cafe or grocery store. Find the perfect tree to enjoy your picnic under.
Here’s the best part: Once you’ve eaten to can have a nap, enjoy a book or listen to music.
Tell me… Do you ever go on dates with yourself and which dates are you likely to try?
Share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
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