How to Enjoy Being Alone
Whether you long for a boyfriend or girlfriend or miss your family and friends, you can learn to enjoy being alone. Keep in mind that while humans are social animals, that doesn't mean that we can't be perfectly happy outside of society too.
Learning to Love Your Solitude
Learn to embrace being alone.Solitude is a time for reflection, for thinking about things more deeply. In a world increasingly focused on speed and competitiveness, solitude is precious and something to be treasured.
- Being comfortable alone is a sign of healthy self-esteem.
Try to be happy and optimistic.Happiness comes from within, regardless of your situation. Don’t use being alone as an excuse for not enjoying your life! Choose to see the good things in life and work on having an optimistic outloook.
Reflect on life and greater meanings of the world.Some of the time you spend alone can be focused on reflection. Make time to be introspective and think about your life. Consider your past, present, and future goals.
- Above all, contemplation is one of the most important self-building things you can do. Think about what makes youyou.What do you believe in? Why? Are there any things that don't seem right to you? What do you believe at face value (or accept as a matter of faith)?
Avoid over-analyzing things.It is easy to read into experiences, feelings, thoughts, and attitudes of others and make judgements that are really founded on nothing more than your own naive perception. This can quickly become a negative activity and get you down. Realize that you may not have all the facts and that's just fine.
Exercise 3 times a week.Exercise not only gives you something to do, it also helps you stay healthy and feel good about yourself. Set aside 30 minutes 3 times a week to exercise. You can go to a gym if you want to be around people, or workout at home.
- Rediscover the fun to be had in simple exercises. Riding a bike around your neighborhood becomes less work and more fun as you do it.
- Be consistent. Exercise takes willpower and diligence. Make a schedule and stick to it. Keep it easy at first and you will discover your limits. Or, join a gym and create new friends there.
Spend time outside and in nature.It's a big world out there, and you're only seeing a small fraction of it. Avoid holing up in your home for days on end. Go outside, forget the people, and just enjoy what life has to offer. Once you do that, then people will want to know and be with you. Frankly, you won't have a choice but to have friends!
Get involved by volunteering.Doing some charity work can make you feel good about yourself. It’s also a great way to give back to your community and help people in need. Do an online search for volunteer opportunities in your area. You can find anything from volunteering at a hospital or helping out at a community theatre to coaching a youth sports team or feeding the homeless.
Engaging in Creative Activities
Write a story, journal, or blog to express your feelings.Writing not only increases your imagination, but also keeps you happy, which increases your optimism. You can also write some poetry or conduct research.
Read books to keep you entertained.You can read classic novels, genre fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. Time spent alone is good time to catch up on some of your reading. Not only is it fun and enjoyable, but it's also self-education and a way to round yourself as a person. You can also listen to audiobooks.
- Consider spending some time with classics such asMoby Dick,Romeo and Juliet,The Martian Chronicles, orGreat Expectations.
- Read a genre novel. For sci-fi, tryFahrenheit 451, and for horror, check outSalem's Lot. If you want a fantasy novel, readHarry Potter.
- Check out some poetry, such as "Charge of the Light Brigade," "Ulysses," "She Walks In Beauty," or "How Do I Love Thee."
- If you’re interested in philosophy, you may want to read works by Socrates, Plato, Nietzsche, Descartes, Aristotle, Kant, Rand, and Marx.
Listen to music that makes you feel good.No matter what kind of music you like, you can enjoy being alone when you’re listening to a great song. Choose music you enjoy or music that brings back memories of certain events.
- Listening to natural sounds like the sound of the thunder and rain, chirping birds, flowing rivers and such more sounds helps you clear your mind. It helps in relaxing and de-stressing, thus, leaves you happier and more calm when you are alone.
Sing, dance, or play an instrument to express yourself.If you don't like singing, try dance. It really helps as you get engaged in something and research shows that exercising or dancing releases the bad emotions in person. You could also try out a new instrument, or hone your skills on one you already play. Remember that you aren't doing this for anyone else, it's for yourself, so just let go!
Doodle or draw to help you relax.Drawing is a fun and effective activity to be tried during one's leisure time. You do not have to be a Picasso to draw but can continue painting and drawing as you wish. It helps to relax, portray your feelings and de-stress. You can see the result at the end after being satisfied with your own drawing!
Try out those craft projects you’ve been putting on hold.Crafting things is a fun and creative activity. You can do woodworking, scrapbook, make robotics, use stamps, make models, design T-shirts, embroider, knit, and more! There are endless opportunities that not only fill your time but also result in a handmade object.
Play games to improve your critical thinking skills.Playing computer and video games can actually have positive results! Gaming develops your critical thinking and problem-solving skills and improves your hand-eye coordination. Fitness games can even help you get exercise.
- Alternatively, you could play tabletop games like Dixit or King of Tokyo. There are games for every interest and skill level!
Taking Advantage of Learning Opportunities
Learn about a new subject.Learning is the most important aspect of living alone and it helps to keep your brain busy and engaged. Without social responsibilities like spending time with family or a significant other, you’ll be able to delve deeper into a new subject or interest.
- You could focus on a specific subject, like geography or history, or learn a foreign language.
Try out a new skill or hobby.You may want to try indoor activities, such as painting, yoga, mathematics, science, art appreciation, a musical instrument such as piano or flute. Or, you may want to try outdoor activities, like gardening, fencing, tennis, or golf. You could even try combination of both, meaning things you can do indoors and out, such as photography or drawing.
- Learning isn't exclusive to books (although they are a great source of knowledge). You can learn to do anything by just practicing. Look for tutorials online if you’re new to the field.
Take courses online if you want more structure.If there’s something you want to learn and would benefit from an instructor or routine, sign up for an online course. Sites like and have excellent college level classes available to anyone and most of them are free.
Finding Connections with Others
Get a pet if you are dedicated to caring for it.Pets provide affection and someone to talk to and care for. If you are aloof and self-sufficient, tropical fish, hamsters, budgies, or finches are great choices. If you like a little interaction, but not a lot of maintenance, try a cat. If you want to be very hands-on and spend tons of time with your pet, a dog might be right for you.
- Don't be fooled into thinking a smaller animal like a rabbit or bird won't need lots of care - a rabbit needs daily human contact and several hours of time to run about a day, not to mention cleaning it out. Fully research any animal you are considering as a pet then go to your local animal shelter, there are hundreds of lovely animals there just waiting for a home!
- Some animal shelters will let you 'foster' a pet, which gives the animal a much needed break from the confines of the shelter and gives you the companionship you crave without a long-term commitment.
Join an online community.Don't limit your online activities to just games. Join forums or chat rooms to meet new people or interact with friends and family on social media. There are tons of online communities for various age groups as well as for certain interests or hobbies, so search until you find the right group for you.
Chat with your neighbors, classmates, and coworkers.Just because you live alone doesn’t mean you can’t have interactions with others. Talk to the people you see on a daily basis at home, work, or school. You can also strike up a conversation with the barista, chat with the librarian, or make small talk with the person next to you on the train.
Make sure that you are not isolating yourself on purpose.If you find that the reason you are spending so much time alone is because you are turning down invitations and avoiding people, then this may indicate a larger mental health issue. Seek the help of a mental health professional if this is the case. Being lonely sometimes is normal, but it can be unhealthy if it goes on for a long time.
QuestionI feel like some friends avoid me and I always feel alone. How can I fix this?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can let those friends go and find friends who care about you. You shouldn't allow them to bring you down. You can also try going out to social events or locations.Thanks!
QuestionIs it normal to be 100% happy alone without having to do any of these tips?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAbsolutely! If you're happy being alone, don't worry about relationships! They come when they come. If you're happy right now, that's awesome!Thanks!
QuestionIn school I am always alone. People say things about me being lonely and I don't know what to do.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSome people like to be all by themselves. There is nothing wrong in that. However, if you are longing to make friends, then open yourself for communication. You'll surely meet some good friends.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I be happy alone when I'm not?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPursue your hobbies, like reading, writing or learning something new.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do when I am home alone, but don't want anyone to know?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't tell anyone. Don't go out of your house by yourself. Turn on lights/TV in a few rooms if you want it to seem like there are more people home. That's about it. Nobody can really tell from outside how many people are inside the house.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do at night alone?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSearch wikiHow for the following article: "How to Cope With Being Alone at Night."Thanks!
QuestionHow can I be alone if my friends always want to hang out with me and chat with me online?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust tell them you're busy or you don't feel like doing that right now. You don't need to always go along with what your friends want to do.Thanks!
QuestionI am scared of being alone because of the voices in my head. I really want to believe in myself and be more powerful from the inside, but the voices just pull me down.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHave you seen a professional about this? Whether you are actually hearing voices or are just dragged down by negative thoughts and insecurities, seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist could help you. Some mental issues can't be overcome simply by wanting to. A professional can diagnose your problem and provide you treatment and advice. Additionally, to have good mental health, you have to take good care of yourself physically. Make sure that you get enough sleep and eat healthily.Thanks!
QuestionCan I make a schedule for the activities of the week?Annastacia S.Community AnswerYes, you can. You can guess ahead of time if you are not sure exactly. Planning your week will help you become more organized and efficient and can even relieve stress.Thanks!
QuestionMy ex and his girlfriend broke up. I still love him although he broke my heart by going out with my friend, but I'm afraid if I go back with him she and I will no longer be friends. Any advice?MadisonCommunity AnswerIn my opinion, friends are more important than guys. Have a heart to heart with your friend about him before you try to make a move; if she is against it then try to get over him, but if she is okay with it then try to go for it.Thanks!
- Go out for a walk and get some fresh air- morning sun will boost your energy, at night, air will loosen any stress.
- Being single and living alone shouldn't mean that you have sloppy routines, neglect your health, or be disorganized and messy around the house. Make the effort to stay fit, eat regular meals, and keep the house and belongings tidy. It does feel better to be self-sufficient and organised.
- Remember that life has its seasons. It is constantly changing. So even if you desire to be with a significant other, it'll come when it's supposed to come. Be patient to let your life take its own course, for everyone's path and story is different and the present isn't always going to be the future.
- Don't let others (especially married friends and colleagues)influence or pressure you into feeling guilty or inadequate about your single/live-alone status. The single life isn't for everybody, obviously, but neither is marriage or cohabiting couple arrangements. Revel in your independence, and the choices you've made regarding your life and living alone.
- It's important not to forget others in your life - keep in touch with other people and continue to expand your social network. For extroverts, enjoying being alone may come as more of a challenge.
- Just think that being alone is temporary, you will always meet new people
- Be careful when talking to strangers on the Internet. You hear it all the time, but when you are sad, lonely, depressed or bored, you are more vulnerable and more likely to go along with someone else's ideas. Talking is fine, but leave it at that.
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