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10 Best Solo Date Ideas to Try Now

Self dates to take yourself on

First, there was self-love. In order to grow long-lasting and meaningful relationships and friendships, you should first learn how to love and spend quality time with yourself. Solo dates are a great way to reconnect with yourself, focus on all the aspects of self-care. Find the time to focus on your relationship with your inner self, no matter your relationship status! Learning how to have genuine fun, to be honest, compassionate and loving with yourself is crucial – this is after all the longest relationship you’ll ever have, so make it count.

It might feel weird in the beginning, but that is totally normal. After all, in a society focused on achievements and status, focusing on inner peace, self-kindness, and just spending some time with yourself, making yourself happy might seem even a little extravagant.

Hopefully, I have convinced you to take yourself out on a proper date, but now you’re wondering what are you supposed to do on a self date? Worry no more, here you can find a list of 10 beautiful activities you can choose for your next solo date! Before jumping to the list, there is only one rule you have to follow: chores don’t count as dates! So no, going grocery shopping is not a proper date. Just think of it as your usual (more than 1 person) date. Okay, now you’re ready!

Where to go on a solo date: 10 amazing ideas for your next self date

1. Check out a local museum or an art gallery

Have a solo date dedicated to admiring some art or learning something new about the past, science, architecture, etc. Choose something you’ll enjoy and just wonder around for a bit.

2. Take yourself out on a picnic

Prepare yourself a delish meal (maybe even multiple courses), something yummy to drink (infused water, a soda, maybe some juice), pack it all up and head to you fav park for a solo picnic date!

3. Buy yourself some flowers and head to your favourite cafe for a cup of coffee.

Who says you can’t buy flowers for yourself? Go to your local farmers market, buy yourself your favorite flowers and then head to that cute coffee place and enjoy yourself a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea.

4. Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read and head to a quiet outdoors spot.

Grab a blanket as well so you can get extra comfy! Choose a spot where you’ll be able to read and head there for a couple of hours of undisturbed bliss.

5. Have a spiritual retreat day!

Dedicate your day to your spirituality. Meditate, practice some journaling (write down whatever feels right), do yoga, diffuse some essential oils, and simply be. Reconnect with yourself by staying present and grounded. 

Related topic: How to develop a more spiritual yoga practice

6. Get crafty.

Do something creative on your next solo date. Try photography, make a photo album of your favorite memories, paint, try out a new recipe, try a DIY you’ve saved for later. Choose an activity you’ll enjoy, and dedicate your date to your creativity.

7. Check out your local theatre and go see a play.

Instead of the usual binge watching Netflix, for your next self date go and see a play at your local theatre. 

8. Watch the sunrise from your favourite local spot.

I love waking up while the rest of my city is still sleeping and enjoying some time alone. Wake up before sunrise, make your drink of choice to go (coffee, tea, juice) and head out to your fav spot to watch the beautiful sunrise by yourself. Alternatively, if waking up that early seems like something impossible, do the same, but for the sunset.

9. Have a spa day.

Doesn’t have to be something fancy and expensive. You can have a spa day at home: light some candles, put on a face mask, enjoy yourself a bubble bath. Put on some relaxing music and diffuse some essential oils. It can be as simple as that.

10. Go on an active outdoor date.

Go for a bike ride and explore your city. Maybe go for a hike, or walk by the sea or river. Pick your favorite, get your body moving, and enjoy that quality solo time.

There you have it! You can go through the list and pick one for each time you take yourself on a date. Remember: the love and connection you have and nourish with yourself is the starting point for all the other relationships in your life. Set the foundations for them by taking care of yourself.

Let me know if you tried any of these and whether you liked them! Also, I’d love to hear about your own solo date ideas you’ve been to. 

With love and compassion,

Common Unicorn

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20 Daily Affirmations for Self-Love and Acceptance

Powerful Affirmations to Build Self-Worth and Confidence

Chances are this is not the first post about affirmations you are reading. There is a growing buzz around using positive affirmations to promote self-confidence and acceptance. However, you might have already asked yourself, do affirmations really work? What can I achieve using affirmations? Which affirmations should I use? How often should I affirm myself? All of these are valid questions, and in this post I will do my best to help you finally answer them.

Let’s start with what are affirmations. Affirmations are positive and uplifting statements that are used to promote self-confidence, embrace self-love and acceptance. They are a self-help strategy used to overcome self-doubt and negative thoughts.

Do affirmations actually work and what for?

Affirmations generally work as a tool for improving your mindset, but they are not a magic spell for instant success or healing. Because our brain can sometimes get a little mixed up on what is reality and what is imagination, we are able to use this to our advantage when it comes to affirmations. With regular repetition and affirming statements about ourselves, we can encourage our brain to take those statements as the truth, and that is pretty powerful if you think about it.

Repetition + Action = Successful Affirmation

Reaffirming yourself of something is usually one of the steps towards self-acceptance and love, you also have to take some action. For example, say your affirmation is “My body deserves love and respect”. If you’re actions say otherwise (you stay hungry and skip needed meals as a form of self-punishment, you’re obsessing over calories and weighing yourself constantly), then your affirmation is not enough.

Consider affirmations as a light shed over your actions and thoughts that are lowering your self-worth and confidence. Once you bring them out into the light, what are your next steps? How will you use those affirmations in your actions? Affirmations together with your actions make those changes towards self-acceptance and love. This is why affirmations themselves aren’t a magical spell you chant and it makes everything better. YOU are the magic that will make everything better, your words AND your actions.

To get the most out of your affirmations, make them a regular habit, a part of your daily routine. Almost nothing worth building can be built fast, and this also applies here. While working towards self-love and acceptance using words of affirmation, by being respectful of the process and the time it needs, you also practice patience and self kindness. The benefits just keep piling up, don’t they? 🙂

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Daily affirmations list for embracing self-love, confidence and accepting yourself

Here is a list of some of the beautiful affirmations you can use on a daily basis. Pick the ones you resonate with mostly or use them as an inspiration to write down your very own affirmations.

1. I deserve love and joy in all areas of my life.

2. I choose to respect myself and be kind to myself.

3. My body deserves love and acceptance.

4. My mind is brilliant and powerful.

5. I am grateful to be where I am and have what I have.

6. I trust myself to do the best I can and that is enough.

7. I value my time and energy and put it into the things that matter to me.

8. I accept all of my emotions, I let them evolve, be, and eventually pass.

9. I am not who I was and I am not who I will be. The only way to embrace myself is to stay present.

10. I am proud of myself, of who I am today, and of what brought me here.

11. I am beautiful inside and out.

12. All the love that I need is in me, all I need to do is look inside.

13. I respect and hold my boundaries.

14. I am not my thoughts. I let go of the negative thoughts as they do not define me and are only temporary.

15. My body is my home and I take good care of it.

16. I am a spiritual being and I value my spirituality.

17. I trust myself to make it through difficult times.

18. I write my own story and I am the main character in my life.

19. I let go of all the negativity that rests in my body, mind, and soul.

20. With kindness I forgive and let go all of the past.

There you have it my loves. You are worthy. You are strong. You are beautiful. You are capable (and responsible) of making your life your dream life.


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Looking for a way to establish a healthier relationship with yourself? Check out 10 beautiful solo date ideas to build a better relationship with yourself.

With love and compassion,

Common Unicorn

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