Are you planning to go on a solo date? Or you want to learn more about the concept of solo dating.
Here’s everything you need to know about solo dating and how to plan your first solo date.
With 32 ideas for your first solo date that you can try now.
The concept of solo-dating is not new, as people have been spending time alone with themselves from early ages. They used to value their alone time a lot. Earlier, it was easy to get the time you needed to be on your own.
But as there has been an work-life imbalance, it has become a task to get time to spend with yourself.
Moreover, solo date is given a fresh perspective as an act of self-care. It is the special way of practicing self-care and expressing self-love.
What is a solo date ?
Solo date is a special occasion where you treat yourself by doing something nice just for you.
It is the special gesture where you take out time to be with yourself.
You treating yourself with love and compassion is the most powerful form of love relationship. And solo date is the way to do that.
Why is solo dating important ?
When you start dating yourself, you create a healthy relationship with your own being.
Building a strong relationship with your own inner-self is important for your overall well-being. Solo dating helps you do that.
It teaches you to take charge of your own happiness.
Solo dates give you the time you need to reflect on your life and know yourself even better.
How to plan a wonderful solo date ?
Planning a solo date may sometimes overwhelm you, especially when you are doing it for the first time.
To make it easier follow along with these simple steps.
Keep these things in mind while you plan your first solo date:
1. Pick something that makes you happy
When you do certain things that you enjoy, you glow with happiness from within.
You won’t have to push yourself hard to do such things because you know that you will enjoy them.
So, try to pick such activities.
2. Schedule it on your calendar
Cancelling on your own plan is the easiest because you are answerable to nobody.
To avoid this, make a note of your plan and schedule it on your calendar so that you don’t forget it.
Doing so will remind you to take out that time for yourself.
3. Do it consciously alone
Remember, you are going on a ‘SOLO’ date. So, make no excuses to take anyone else as a company.
You can do that later. But this date must be just you with yourself.
Purposely plan activities you can do alone, I promise you won’t regret.
4. Get yourself dressed
To make this a special occasion, get dressed in your best and comfy attire.
This will instantly make you feel good and refreshed.
Getting dressed will cheer you up for your ‘me-time’.
5. Make it memorable
This is a special gesture you are doing to express the love you have for yourself.
Don’t forget to make a memorable one.
Enjoy it fully. Capture the memories. Take pictures and videos, record the experience.
This will forever keep the moment with you.
32 Amazing Ideas for a Solo Date
This is a list of 32 ideas for solo dates you can try today.
Go ahead. Try them and have the time of your life!
These include outdoor as well as stay-at-home solo date ideas:
1. Museum/ Art Gallery Visit
A visit to the museum or an art gallery can be a wonderful experience.
It lets you know about the history and culture of that place.
You feel more rooted and such visits also add to your knowledge.
Plan a visit to any museum or art gallery nearby, where you’ll get to know about interesting history facts.
2. Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
You may be living in your hometown all your life, but had not seen parts of it even once.
On this solo-date, explore the places you have not been to before. You will be amazed to know what you were missing on.
Go explore your town!
3. Go on a coffee date
If you love coffee, then nothing compares to coffee dates.
Coffee dates are usually the first meet option when you start seeing someone. What better way to just start the solo-date saga with your first solo coffee date.
Take yourself out for a coffee and enjoy your warm drink with the best company you’ll ever have- YOU!
4. Visit to a book Shop
No matter if a person is a reader or not, book shops fascinate everybody.
They are a romantic escape into another world. Go to a book shop and romanticize your time there.
Go through the pages of books you want to read, closely observe the covers of beautiful books, appreciate them.
Visit a book shop alone and you won’t even feel lonely. You’ll be surrounded with the company of hundreds of amazing books.
5. Spend time in the library
Library- a place of silence and thousands of wonderful stories at the same time.
Libraries have a charm of their own. They radiate positivity where you can immerse yourself completely in silence.
Visit a library, read books, write in silence, make notes of what is on your mind.
Cherish your time there. You will keep going back to it.
6. Go to a garden
As long as romance has been known, going on dates in garden has also been there.
We’ve watched hundreds of classic old movies where the beautiful romantic moments are filmed in the garden.
You are going to do the same!
Romanticize your visit to a garden. Imagine you being the main character.
Take a walk, watch flowers and butterflies, write poetry, take photographs, play around with yourself.
7. go on a hike
Take a small hike on a nearby hill.
Don’t forget to carry your snacks, water bottle and your camera with you. Capture this memory. Make it a special one.
Hikes give you a feel of accomplishment and satisfaction after completing them. Plus, it tests your physical health too.
All those steps will be worth when you watch the view from top.
Go on that hike for once at least!
8. book a massage session
Massages are a great way to relax both mentally and physically. They rejuvenate your cells and you breath lighter afterwards.
Book a massage session and get that me-time for yourself.
9. get a hair spa
Your hair is the crown of glory that you always wear.
Keep it maintained and make sure it is well taken care of. Good hair instantly boosts your self-confidence. Hair spa is a great way to treat this crown of yours.
Get a hair spa and relax. Also, it will put to amazing sleep for sure!
10. Watch a movie
Head out to the theatre for a movie. A great way to disconnect a little from the tedious daily routine.
Take a break and go to watch a movie.
11. set up a food date
Some great bonds are formed over food.
Bond well with yourself on a nice food date. Also, it will be a great trip for your tastebuds. Visit a newly opened food place or attend a food festival if there’s one happening around.
Try out food items you’ve never had before.
This will be a great exposure to new cuisines and who knows you might discover your new favorite dish!
12. attend a workshop
Find out if there’s any workshop being arranged. If yes, enroll yourself into one.
Attend a workshop. It is a great way to learn new things.
You can try dancing, pottery, writing, photography workshops or any other that interests you.
13. take a class
Enroll yourself into a class and learn things you are curious about.
Cooking class, yoga class, dance class or even bakery class are some great ways to discover your new hobby.
Taking a class will help you learn things in a proper manner.
Besides discovering new things, it also adds up to your knowledge. This enhances the learning skills and helps to stay connected with the core of learning.
14. Go fruit picking
This is a seasonal activity that occurs during harvest times.
There are many farms and orchards that offer the service of pick-your-own-crop. Where they allow you to pick your own fruits or vegetables fresh from the farm.
Fruit picking is a great fun-activity.
You can visit any such place in your area and enjoy your time.
15. enjoy street shopping
Street shopping is the best way to interact with the locality you are in.
Explore small shops by the street, purchase local items, talk to people and channelize your extrovert energy.
Moreover, street shopping is easier on the pocket too!
Your budget-friendly solo-date.
16. Go get a new haircut
Even a small change in your look can elevate your confidence.
But when it comes to changing the hair we think and then rethink for a thousand times to ultimately drop the idea.
This is because of the nervousness about the new hair, whether it’ll look good or not.
But today, stop thinking and get that haircut you’ve been eyeing upon for the longest time.
You will feel like a new person altogether!
17. go on a nature walk
What is better than spending time in the nature. And that too alone! It is a surreal experience altogether.
Find a tiny little escape in the nature and experience it for yourself. You’ll keep going back to it.
18. watch a sunset
The last few hours of the Sun- the golden hours. They will give you the calmness and the positive energy you need.
Watch a sunset in your own company and let that calmness sink in.
19. Visit a local market
Prefer visiting the local market in the mornings.
The energy and hustle-bustle of the market will lift you up. This will fill you with enough cheerful mood to go on with the day.
Also, you will be amazed at the freshness of fruits and vegetables you’ll get there.
Fresh morning altogether!
20. Try gardening
This one is my personal favorite.
Once you try gardening, you will fall in love with it. The process of growing something and taking care of it to keep it alive is just beautiful.
You won’t even realize about time once you indulge yourself in gardening.
As you nurture the plants, they will nurture your soul.
21. visit a plant nursery
This is related to gardening as well. Go to a plant nursery and watch all the happy plants flourishing there.
From succulents to vines, from cactus to delicate flowers. See how they co-exist happily. The way they are nurtured. All the different colors blossoming around.
Every tiny detail will make you happy. Further, it will inspire you to plant something back home.
Take some plant babies with you home.
22. revamp your room
Your room is your personal cave. The place where you spend most of your time. Especially, people who like to stay indoors.
Own your room in the true sense. Give your space a personal touch.
Change the position of your bed, put on new curtains and bedsheets, decorate the wall with art and photographs. Give it a fresh look that matches your vibe.
23. go on a long drive
Go out and take some fresh air. Turn on your favorite music and go out on a long drive.
Just you and your music. This is a therapeutic way to reconnect with yourself.
24. set up a little picnic
As kids we’ve all enjoyed going on picnics. It used to be our fun escape where we would enjoy fully without worrying a bit about anything.
Try setting up a little picnic to bring back that joy. Pack your lunch or breakfast or some snacks and take yourself out for a cute little picnic. Just like good old times.
You can go to a park or even your rooftop. Embrace this beautiful time by yourself.
25. go on a day’s trip
It you are comfortable going on solo-trips or want to start taking a few. A one-day trip is the best way to begin with.
Plan out a one-day trip by yourself. Figure out where you want to go. where you’ll be staying, activities you want to do. Lay out a proper plan beforehand.
This will boost your confidence for travelling alone and doing things on your own.
26. Do something creative
Art is an outlet to let your creative energy flow.
It is found that when people channelize their creative energy in proper manner, they tend to elevate emotionally and mentally.
Find an activity to use your creative powers. Do it mindfully.
You can try painting, scribbling, clay modelling or anything that you thoroughly enjoy.
27. photograph yourself
An instant confidence booster! When you see yourself in good shots, you notice the details that otherwise would go unnoticed.
Take pictures of yourself in every mood. For a special solo date- dress up in a wonderful outfit, put on your cute makeup look and take some photographs.
28. attend a comedy show
Attend a comedy show and laugh your heart out.
Because laughter is always a good idea. Good laughter keeps you in good shape.
Stand up comedy show is a big yes for that. Attend it to escape from your monotonous routine and relieve stress.
29. Get a manicure/ pedicure done
Go to a salon and get manicure-pedicure done.
If you want a stay-at-home date, you can also call at-home salon services and get at home pampering.
30. do some adventure sport
When you are ready to go all-out in a full-fledged mode for a solo-date. Adventure sports is the most exciting way to do that.
You can pick some adventure sport once a while to keep that sport spirit alive within you.
Bungee jumping, shooting, trekking, scuba diving are some good ideas to try.
You have to take the necessary precautions and company with yourself. Give yourself some allowance here and don’t refuse the much needed company here, because safety first!
31. binge watch your favorite show
Cozying up in the bed and watching your comfort show- a big yes! Always.
Sometimes, a comfy way to do self-care is just laying around and being. This comfort feels like a warm hug which is enough to make life feel easier than it actually is.
32. go on an ice-cream date
Ice-cream screams joy and happiness.
Go out and get yourself a tub of your favorite ice-cream flavors. Enjoy it fully.
Ice-cream makes the soul happy!
I hope this post helps you to plan a wonderful solo date. Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.
Read more about self-care practices and mindfulness here :
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