Last Friday, I found myself in a very rare situation: I had absolutely no plans. I sat planted in front of my computer, watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix, and wallowing in my self-pity because all my friends were already out enjoying their night. But, then it hit me – I should totally take myself out. How often do I have the opportunity to do whatever I want on a Friday night?! The answer is never. Realizing my good fortune, I threw on my favorite leather jacket, hopped in my car, and took myself out on a date. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, don’t waste your energy feeling bad for yourself. Here are seven dates you can enjoy all by yourself!
Enjoy a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop.
Sure, going out for coffee with your friends or significant other can be fun, but enjoying a good cup of joe all by yourself can be just as enjoyable. Treat yourself by going to your favorite local coffee shop and bring a good book or magazine along and soak up your independence.
Go to the movies.
Imagine this: you have the best seat in the house to the latest blockbuster, your feet are propped up on the seat in front of you, you have a large popcorn, and box of Sour Patch Kids in your lap, and a bubbly soda in the cup holder to your left. Oh, and you don’t have to share your snacks with anyone. Does it really get any better than that?
This is the perfect date to treat yourself to when you need a relaxing night to yourself. What are you waiting for? Pick a clear night, spread a blanket out in your front yard, and soak up the beauty of the sky.
Treat yo’ self to some froyo.
Froyo is undoubtedly the king of all self-serve desserts. Go ahead and treat yourself to the craziest concoction of flavors and toppings!
Go out to eat.
Who says you need a boyfriend to take you out to eat?! Treat yourself to a nice night out or even indulge in your favorite fast food joint!
Go on a hike.
Lace up your hiking boots, pick out your favorite hiking trail, and get some fresh air. A nice walk in nature is the perfect little adventure to enjoy all by yourself. Protip: pack a lunch and bring a blanket for a relaxing picnic.
Order some pizza.
So, this one might be cheating a bit because you don’t have to actually take yourself out, but I think it’s just as enjoyable. Sometimes ordering pizza, putting on your favorite romantic comedy and having a relaxing night in is the best way to treat yourself! Don’t be afraid to take this opportunity to try some crazy toppings you’ve never had before. Anchovies?! Pineapple?! You name it!
Let the record show: sometimes the best dates are the ones that you enjoy all by yourself. Next time you find yourself binge watching another season of Grey’s Anatomy while downing a pint of Ben & Jerry’s because all your friends are out with their significant others, shut it down. Throw on your favorite feel good outfit and take yourself out! You won’t regret it.