5 Things to Do Solo This New Year
After the New Year, you might need some time to wind down from all of the social gatherings and events. Doing things solo can be very gratifying, even if it feels challenging at first. Time alone is also crucial to refresh your spirit and grow and explore new hobbies and interests.
We have compiled the ultimate list of solo activities to participate in this New Year. The New Year is your opportunity to get to know yourself, and doing things solo is time well spent.
Hiking is a great way to get in your daily physical activity, and hiking by yourself gives you the chance to take in nature’s beauty without any distractions. There is something so healing about spending time outdoors alone and taking in the breathtaking views of the land.
Always make sure to prepare for your solo hiking trips. You should bring plenty of water, snacks, and emergency gear. It is always a good idea to let a trusted friend or family member know where you are going ahead of time. Emergency preparedness is essential when you’re out in nature alone.
Some of the supplies you should bring while hiking solo may include:
- Energizing snacks
- Large water bottle
- Durable backpack
- Waterproof shoes
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Emergency fire starters
- Cell phone
- Protection against wild animals
If you bring these necessary items on your solo hike, you are sure to have a great, safe time. Enjoy your peaceful trek through the wilderness!
2. Solo Vacations
You might think of travel as a social or group activity, but solo vacations can be just as much fun as “regular” vacations. This New Year, consider taking a trip by yourself to one of your dream destinations. Whether you want to visit historical landmarks or tropical beaches, make this the year that you enjoy a well-deserved solo vacation.
Many travel agencies include all-inclusive trip itineraries for solo travelers. If you prefer to stick with a group for safety purposes, look for travel packages that include group tours and planned excursions. As a bonus, you might meet some new friends along the way.
You don’t need to travel with someone else to have a relaxing, fun vacation. Solo vacations are great opportunities to refresh and recharge your mind and body without any pressure or expectations from anyone else. Taking vacations alone is typically cheaper and allows you more freedom as you enjoy your trip.
3. Dinner for One
Most people go to restaurants with a partner, family, or friends. However, eating out alone can be an excellent first step to your solo New Year activities. We often think of mealtimes as social events, but there is nothing wrong with enjoying a delicious meal by yourself.
Choose your favorite restaurant and book reservations (if necessary) for your solo dinner. You can practice mindfulness while eating by stopping to appreciate every flavor of your food. Solo meals help you take a break from your busy life and give you time to reflect or rejuvenate in peace. Another plus to solo dinners is that you can have dessert all to yourself!
4. Take a Spa Day
While you are investing in yourself this New Year, consider adding a spa day to your list of solo activities. Spas offer various services like facials, massages, and body sculpting treatments. If you want to step up your skincare routine and practice aesthetic self-care, spa days may be just what you need.
Some spas allow you to purchase a combination of services through discounted packages. You can choose from different facial treatments depending on your skincare needs. Most spas offer facial packages for acne, anti-aging, skin brightening, and dry skin. The skin professionals at the spa will help you determine what treatments work best for you.
Maybe you have a lot of built-up muscle tension and could use a deep tissue massage. Massages have a lot of health benefits, including stress reduction, sore muscle relief, and lymphatic drainage. Check your local spas to see what types of massages they offer.
Whether you need a pedicure or hot stone massage, spa days can rejuvenate and refresh your mind and body. Book an appointment at a spa and enjoy your solo relaxation time.
Many people enjoy “retail therapy” when they need to take their minds off stressful events. Shopping is a great solo activity where you can treat yourself to some new items. Maybe you need a new wardrobe or a replacement home appliance.
No matter what you go shopping for, the act of solo shopping can be therapeutic. Just make sure you’re taking steps to protect your health while you’re out, like wearing a mask, distancing yourself from others, and defending your body with immune support like AHCC® Gold and AHCC® Platinum.*
If you like getting the best deals on hot-ticket items (who doesn’t?), then consider searching for coupons and discounts ahead of time. Looking for coupons is a solo activity itself and can help you feel more productive as you prepare for your shopping trip.
Shopping might seem like a dull activity to some, but it can boost your happiness in many ways. You deserve to treat yourself to your favorite items as you start the New Year!
Enjoy Your Independence This New Year!
It can be challenging to participate in fun activities by yourself. If you are an extrovert and are used to always being around other people, doing things solo can feel foreign and boring. However, if you give it a chance, you’ll see it can recharge your batteries and help you better care for yourself. You cannot pour from an empty cup, so self-care is vital to living a happy, healthy life.
You can also use this “solo activity” objective to have lots of fun exploring new activities and starting new hobbies this New Year. After the holiday season, it becomes essential to reflect on your habits and goals for the upcoming year. Solo activities give you the chance to think about what you truly want out of life and how to achieve those goals.