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10 Ways to Date Yourself!

When it comes to dating, most of us would spend time and effort planning and curating a wonderful experience for someone we like. But do you know that it is also important to date yourself? Yes, you heard me! Dating yourself is a great way to develop your sense of identity, cultivate your own interests and a creative way to keep yourself happy!

If you are in a relationship, having some independent time away from your partner can help set up some healthy boundaries so both of you can continue growing as individuals. In addition, developing the art of dating yourself changes the way you feel about being single. Being single does not mean you have to be stuck at home. In fact, you have the freedom to ditch your chores, simply head out to try something new or do something you are passionate about!

Give this list a whirl and show yourself the tender loving care that you deserve!

1. Book café date

Some of us dread being seen alone in public, but it really isn’t that bad! Start by finding a nice quaint café where you can nestle yourself in a comfortable corner with a good book, a warm cup of beverage of your choice and just enjoy the afternoon of quiet reading enraptured by a mystery novel, romance literature or whatever genre that catches your fancy!

2. Makeover experience

Looking good is one of the fastest ways to instantly lift in our mood. Indulge yourself in a mani-pedi, spa or facial, and take yourself out shopping for new clothes and accessories, make-up, and skincare products. Get your stylist to help redesign a new hairdo for you. Fancy a little bit more? Splurge on an image consulting service to help you revamp your wardrobe and who knows, your life may take on a new direction with your newfound confidence!

3. Enjoy nature

Modern life has taken its toll on us, mentally, emotionally, and physically. We are almost always distracted by social media or worse, trapped in never-ending online meetings! Unplug and spend some time in nature to rejuvenate a weary mind. Engage in meditative mindfulness in the tranquil surroundings and stretch yourself out with relaxing yoga poses amongst the trees. Strapped for time? Pack your lunch to the nearest garden for a quick picnic meal while you enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

4. Hit the silver screen

Going to the movies with others almost always requires a bit of negotiation and compromise on which movie to watch. Why not enjoy a good film alone as part of your regular “me-time”? Going to the movies alone liberates you from the grid, no phone calls, text messages or social media notifications. Just sit back, relax, munch on snacks, and enjoy the show of your choice! If you are on a budget, you can do the same at home but make sure you switch off all electronic devices like you do in the theatres!

5. Culinary adventure

Whip out your chef’s hat and start cooking up a storm! Delight yourself with a homecooked meal or baked treats with your favorite recipes. Cooking and baking are therapeutic activities that allow you to express yourself creatively, provide you with a sense of comfort and empowerment in the kitchen, and allows you to nurture others with awesome food. Can’t cook? Start injecting a sense of adventure into your meals by hunting for new cuisines or restaurants to excite your taste buds!

6. Take some classes and workshops

Keep your mind active by taking up some self-development classes to improve yourself personally or professionally. Attending workshops is a fantastic way to energize yourself, feel motivated to take up new challenges and boost your confidence levels. It’s a perfect time to rethink and form new positive habits as you reflect on your newly acquired knowledge. Not only that, you get to network with people with similar interests and feel inspired by others who are experts in their own fields.

7. Journaling