fun things to do alone

40+ Fun Things To Do Alone in 2020

Isolated? Stuck? Bored? All of those things and more? Maybe just tired of the people around you? Regardless of how you feel in the world right now, there are always things that you can do with your favorite person. YOU. Yes, you. There are endless possibilities of fun things to do alone. Luckily for you, we have compiled the best 40 things to do all by yourself.

Practice yoga

Take some time to stretch your body and calm your mind. Both are essential and restorative practices. Now with the help of the Internet, there are SO many online yoga classes that you can take. Here are a list of the best free yoga classes to take online right now.

Complete a puzzle

Remember puzzles? Well, they are making a BIG comeback as a go-to challenging and entertaining activity. There is no better feeling than putting in that last piece of the puzzle. Looking for some spectacular puzzles to try? This list has a nice variety of easy, medium, hard, and mind numbingly difficult puzzles.

Go for a run or a walk

Running or walking around your neighborhood is a great way to explore your area. Especially on a nice day, having some physical exercise is also a fantastic way to clear your head. So just wander around and have a bit of a solo adventure (even if it is only a mile from where you live).

Online shop

Yep, you know what to do. Think of it as helping the economy. You’re welcome.

Dance around your room

Put on your favorite playlist and hey, maybe let your hair down. Have a dance party in your room and just leave it all on the floor. Break a sweat on the floor. Make J.Lo proud.

Take a bath

Treat yourself like the royalty that you are. You deserve some alone time in a warm and relaxing tub. If you want to elevate your bath time, look no further. Here are some of the best products to make your bath the ultimate getaway experience.

Play a video game

Whether you are an Animal Crossing kind of human or just a ruthless Call of Duty fanatic, video games can be a nice escapism from reality. If you are feeling a little nostalgic, check out this list of the 13 Best Online Video Games.

Read a new series

Read! Read! Read! With so many good books to choose from, why not invest in a whole series? Unsure where to start? No worries. Here is a list of phenomenal series in every genre. Happy reading!

Write letters to friends

No, not a text. Nope, not even an email. I am talking about a pen and paper, handwritten letter. If you want ways to spice up your letter, try throwing in some trivia questions or maybe even writing an acrostic poem. Have fun with it.

Make new Spotify playlists

You can make a Spotify playlist for literally anything. It can be about the weather, about colors, about celebrities, or about different times of the day. When it comes to playlists, the world is your oyster.

Tidy up your room

So I know cleaning your room feels like a chore (I mean, it kind of is), but think about it more as a chance to start fresh and reclaim your space. Even if it is just making your bed or folding your laundry, it will feel especially nice to relax after you clean.

Try a new recipe

Get zesty in the kitchen and try a new dish. Here is a list of recipes that people keep making again and again. Must be pretty good then, right?

Start learning a new language

Productive. Fun. Challenging. What’s not to like? Duolingo does a particularly nice job and best of all it’s free!

Take a scenic drive

If you have access to a car, take a solo drive. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit in your car and cruise down the open road. While it doesn’t even have to be a long drive, a change of scenery can be a fun little outing.

Start a journal

This journal is yours and yours alone. Sit down for a few minutes and write down your thoughts. You time is a great way to get a little introspective.

Go through old clothes & donate things you don’t wear

Clean out your space and then pick out the things that you simply don’t wear anymore. Channel your inner Marie Kondo and only keep things that spark joy. 

Do a face mask

Refresh your face. Looking for mask inspiration? Here is a list of the best relaxing face masks.

Compile recipes into a recipe book

This is actually really fun. Take all of your favorite recipes and create a lovely recipe book. You can organize it in any way you want!

Grow some plants

Whether this is gardening in your yard or just creating space for a couple cute house plants, connecting with greenery and digging your hands into soil is certainly a fun thing to do alone.

Practice your painting skills 

Get a little a artsy and practice your painting skills. Need inspiration? There are fantastic Youtube tutorials that will have you painting like a pro in no time.

Make a time capsule

Get an old shoe box and throw a couple things in there. Maybe write a letter to your future self too. Then throw that sucker in the back of your closet and write on top of the box “Open in 5 years.” or “Open in 10 years.” Make sure to put today’s date so you know when to open it up again!

Take a virtual tour of a museum

While nothing beats actually going to a museum, many museums are offering virtual tours of their exhibits. Here are museums that are offering free online tours.

Meditate

With your meditative practices, the goal is to alter your consciousness and  achieve inner peace. There are many different ways to meditate so read here to explore the type of meditation that is right for you.

Compile a list of recommendations

One of the best things about TV, movies, music, and books is that you can share your favorites with others. So why not spend the day sorting through your top picks and creating a completely personalized list? It will make you feel really organized and I am sure your friends will appreciate it too.

Create a bucket list

You know all of things that you want to do in life? Well, make a bucket list. That’s what it’s for.

Bake

While you don’t have to bake just because you are bored, baking is a great way to keep busy. So treat yourself. Literally. Maybe bake something special and then envision that you are in a quaint cafe. Regardless of what you bake, make sure that you have some ice cream on the side. Here is a phenomenal list of 30 things to bake.

Write in a gratitude journal  

A gratitude journal is quite simple. Take 1-2 minutes everyday to jot down 3-5 things that you are grateful for. It can be literally anything, but is a helpful exercise to remind you about the good in your life.

Audit an online class

There are many classes you can audit online for free! The classes are fun and have lectures that you can watch at your leisure. A top recommendation is auditing The Science of Wellbeing class offered by Yale University. In this course you will engage in a series of lessons designed to increase your own happiness as well as build more productive habits.

Stream a concert

While these are constantly being updated, musicians from across the globe are releasing online concerts just for you. So cuddle up in your favorite nook and enjoy some quality music. Here are all the virtual concerts and livestreams to watch.

Rearrange your room

Maybe you are tired of your bed in THAT corner. Or you think that your bookshelf needs some reworking. Whatever it may be, spend time rearranging your space. You could spend minutes or hours on this redecoration, but regardless it will be worth it.

Knit something comfy

A sweater, a scarf, some mittens, anything and everything.

Remember to love yourself

Yes, I am talking about masturbation. Your sexual pleasure and happiness is absolutely a fun thing to do alone. Here is a great list of vibrators that will rock your world.

Listen to a new podcast

Podcasts are a great way to get a laugh, learn something new, or just listen to someone you admire talk about their life. If you are looking for new podcasts, check out The Time’s list of the 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now.

Treat yourself to your favorite dessert

Order the cookies.

Watch the sunrise or the sunset

The important thing here is to really savor this experience. Don’t just passively watch, but really take a moment to sit with yourself and admire the beauty and colors of the sun rising or setting.

Stargaze

Again, really sit with yourself and savor this experience. Watching the night sky is one of the most peaceful and relaxing solo experiences. Treasure it.

Be your own bartender

Enjoy a nice drink. Whip up something special for yourself, you earned it. Here are some cocktail recipes that are delicious (and won’t break the bank).

Go on a day trip (when we aren’t quarantined)

Traveling is a fantastic solo outing and can really get you out of your comfort zone. Spend the day getting lost somewhere completely new. It’s fun and who knows, you may stumble upon something amazing like a festival or a farmers market.

People watch

Sitting and watching humans just be humans is one of the few pure and simple pleasures in life. Find a good spot and just let the unique and weird human race do its thing.

Make yourself a nice dinner

Sounds simple but making yourself dinner is a talent. Don’t put together a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spend the time to think about your meal and make it a fine dining experience.

Read a book

It’s so simple! I bet you have at least one good book already sitting on your desk or table that you haven’t decided to read yet.

Buy an adult coloring book

The adult coloring book collections are vastly more visceral than when we were children. They are meticulous drawings that give you the best zen feeling. Here are the top rated adult coloring books.

Explore the city

Walk around your neighborhood and feel like you’re traveling solo through a new jungle or experience. Try to think uniquely about your own geography.

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