14 Self-Care Activities, Because We All Deserve Some 'Me' Time

'Tis the season of self-care.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our social lives, we forget to take care of ourselves. But taking even just five minutes for some "me time" can make a world of difference.  So, if you have an hour, or even a whole day, dedicate it to yourself, because, hey, you deserve it. 

Whether it's taking yourself to see a movie, spending time doing a DIY project, or just feng shui-ing a room, a self-care activity can be anything you want it to be, so long as it makes you happy. To give you some ideas of ways to spend your "me time" we've listed 15 things to do solo now, tomorrow, next month, or whenever it feels right. 

Additionally, if you're alone for the holidays this season, these activities are a great way to have a stress-free and relaxing time, all while developing the most important relationship of all — the one you have with yourself. 



1. Take yourself to a show.

Whether live on stage or on the big screen, going to a show alone can be rewarding. You're doing it just for you, seeing exactly what you want, when want, and how you want, no compromises needed. Such a simple thing adds to your own cultural experience, making you a more interesting person — unless, of course, you choose to see the latest slapstick comedy out. But, hey, there's lots of value in that, too. 

2. See an exhibit.

Imagine being able to spend hours in an art gallery staring at the same painting for as long as you want. Better yet, imagine getting to explore an entire museum without worrying about someone else's time. You'll be able to fully take in the art if you enjoy it alone.

3. Take a solo trip.

One of the hardest things about planning a trip is the coordination of everyone's schedules. Then, once you are there, you still have to consider each other's trip preferences. You finally have the freedom to travel how, when, and where you want. Traveling alone is one the best growing experiences you can have. It means facing and overcoming obstacles, relying on yourself to get from point A to B, and meeting lots of interesting people along the way. 

4. Spend a day at a spa.

If you're spending the holidays alone this year, it can be nice knowing you don't have to entertain anyone, take extended relatives on a grand tour of the city, or make multiple trips to the supermarket to prepare a big meal. Instead, give yourself the gift of relaxation by spending a day of pampering at the spa. It could be just what you need to reboot.  

5. Take yourself out for a nice dinner.

Our society is so couple-centric, sometimes it can be hard just to work up the nerve to take yourself to dinner. If a solo dinner is something that intimidates you, you should definitely do it just for the challenge. Treat yourself to a lovely solo date at a fancy restaurant. Order the finest glass of wine to take the edge off, and just enjoy the people-watching. 



6. Take a baking class.

When it comes to self-development, picking up new skills is key. Baking is just one skill you can take with you everywhere you go, and something everyone will appreciate, because who doesn't want a cookie? 

7. Start a new book.

Unplug and enter the world of that book you've been meaning to read.  Enjoy a warm cup of tea, light some candles, and get lost in a new story.

8. Volunteer.

The holidays is all about giving. If you're looking for company, spend your time with people who could use a smile. Visit a shelter, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or visit a nursing home. You don't have to be related to someone to feel like family. You'd be amazed at how much unity can come from strangers who work together to bring good cheer.

9. Start that meditation practice you've been meaning to get around to.

We all know the many benefits of meditation, but even with all that knowledge, how many of us have actually started a regular meditation practice? Perhaps now is your moment to actually get started. Download a meditation app to get going, or simply sit with yourself for five minutes and take it from there. Maybe tomorrow you'll do 10 minutes, and the next day 15.

10. Take a road trip.

Hit the open road and let your instinct take you anywhere. You can go all Eat, Pray, Love, and do a long-distance journey or you can keep it simple by road-tripping throughout your state. If you don't have a car, you can take a long bus ride to another county, or even a train ride to another state. 



11. Go to an open mic.

Indulge in some original music, poetry, or comedy by hitting up an open mic near you. Attending these kinds of events solo allows you to give your undivided attention to the person on stage and, if it's a poetry slam, a moment to be in your feelings. Bonus points if you participate. Performing your work in front of an audience you don't know can take off some of the pressure and give you the opportunity to see an unbiased reaction. 

12. Go thrifting.

Thrift shopping is fun with company, yes, but it's even better when you do it solo. You're less distracted, making you more inclined to discover some unique finds. Plus, buying recycled clothes is so much better for the environment than buying from a fast fashion brand. 

13. Go to a "Paint and Sip" art class.

Get a bottle of wine and join a paint and sip art class. This is an intimate and relaxing way to get those creative juices flowing.

14. Reflect and review.

As the year ends, think about all of the things you've experienced. Reflect on your accomplishments, your setbacks, the lessons you learned, the obstacles you overcame. What would you have done differently and what do you want to see in the new year? In this quiet moment of solitude, explore where you are and where you've been. You can evaluate your year by journaling, vision boarding, or even sitting in silence with a peaceful meditation.

Cover image via Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

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