In my teenage years, I have certainly underestimated the importance of alone time as I thought it was cooler to be around people. However, the older I get, the more I realise how important alone time is. After all, if you are not spending time with yourself, who will spend time with you?
In the hope of inspiring others to spend quality time with themselves, I am writing this post to share some ideas. I hope you can pass this on to someone you know or perhaps incorporate it into your alone time routine.
I have always enjoyed writing creatively and it is naturally my ‘go-to’ hobby when I am bored, feeling creative or want to express myself. For me, I enjoy writing poetry. However, it doesn’t always have to be creative. Here are some ideas:
- Diary entries and Journals: This can vary from reflections on your day, mood entries or writing down key life events.
- Positive affirmations: This can be writing down positive statements about yourself in the hope of achieving something. For instance writing down and repeating the words ‘I am enough. I do enough. My presence is enough.’
- Creative Writing: This can vary from stories, poetry, plays and even books. It can be on any topic.
Recently, I have been drawing simple things like flowers and birds and it feels really good to do so. This can feel very therapeutic and can help you develop new skills. You can find some drawing videos and tutorials on YouTube.
If you are not into drawing or do not feel like doing so, then mindfulness colouring maybe for you. You can just plug in your earphone, search for some instrumental music and colour for as long as you want.
If you’re having days when you do not feel creative, then I recommend reading. It can be short, long or digital books. Just find something you find interesting. It doesn’t even have to be a book it can be a magazine, manga, newspaper or even the Holy/ religious texts.
The fun aspect of reading is that you can tailor it to how you feel.
This next aspect is something that I am guilty of but it is so important. I have offered mental suggestions like reading, writing, mindfulness colouring and drawing BUT it is important to look after the physical as well. This can be going for a run, watching workout videos on YouTube or doing yoga in your garden.
These are all relatively easy and simple activities that you can incorporate into your alone time. Please feel free to share your alone time routine and how long do you on spend on rejuvenating your energy!