Ideas for Restorative Alone Time

I don’t know about you but I thrive on spending some time alone. Some people feel the need to be surrounded by people at all times, like my husband, but I can feel myself starting to slooooowly lose my mind if I haven’t had “Me Time” in awhile. I learned this the hard way about a month ago when I had a complete breakdown. My commute is always packed, I’m on the phone or working along side people all day at work, then packed commute home then making dinner and chatting with my husband and listening to TV or reading and ahhhh! Too much. So, here are my favorite ways to make the most of alone time, on every budget!

Solo Staycation

I needed a drastic solo opportunity after the breakdown and my husband, seeing how I was losing it, booked a room here in San Francisco at the Fairmont and I had my first ever night alone in a hotel. I know! It took me almost 29 years to stay in a hotel alone! This can definitely be pricy but it’s a great splurge if it’s something you are looking for. I took a bath, ate all the snacks I could carry from Trader Joe’s read all about the touristy side of San Francisco (those hotel travel books are a guilty pleasure of mine), and watched Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dives without having to hear about how hungry my husband was. It was diiiiivine.

Hike and Picnic

I think being in nature adds a whole nother level of serenity to your alone time. Find a local hike (make sure someone knows where you are going and when to expect you home!), pack your favorite snacks (mine is always a huge baquette sandwich with chips), water, champagne (a must for me), maybe a book and camera and spend the day with your thoughts, journaling, reading and, most importantly, just decompressing. My favorite website to find hikes is The Hiking Project!

Visit Your Favorite Museum

I recently did this and had no idea it would be such a different experience! When you visit a museum with someone, you want to make sure that you are sharing your time and not sitting forever reading something they might not like and vice versa. I took myself to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and I took an hour in a section that is a semi-permanent exhibit but that no one I had gone with before had any interest in. It was incredible! I am making this a monthly tradition at different museums around the area. Find a local museum you’ve either gone to many times or have never been to, I guarantee you will find something you wouldn’t have otherwise!

Book Store Cafe

This has always been one of my absolute favorite things to do! Have you ever bought a book that sounded AMAZING in the store and then when you get home and get a few chapters in you’re like “ehhhhhh”? SAME! So, what I will do now is go to a bookstore, pick 4 or 5 books that I think I would like, take them over to the café, purchase a snack (usually cheesecake, obviously), and try to reach a good amount of each book until I can get a good grasp on if I will like it or not. I have found some great books this way that I normally wouldn’t spend the money on since I wasn’t sure I would like it and I’ve also been able to save some money on books I thought I’d love but actually didn’t end up liking them at all! I may have put on a few lbs worth of baked goods as well but #balance, right?

Wine Bar Blogging

My husband is always so surprised that I can go to a public place by myself and be fine. It KILLS him which kills me haha! I have found lately that I absolutely LOVE heading to my favorite wine bar, getting a cheese plate, my favorite glass of bubbly and just write. I chose this particular wine bar, not just because it’s adorable and it has great service, but because it has no wifi! Hear me out on this one! It has no internet connection so honestly, all I can do is write. I don’t get distracted by social media, google, youtube, etc. I just write and drink and eat and I’m so happy! When I’m in an environment like that, I come up with ideas I swear I wouldn’t have come up with before.

What are some of your favorite ways to spend your alone time? Or do you HATE alone time like my husband? I’d Love to hear!

Love,

Chels

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