Alone But Not Lonely

Being alone doesn't have to be lonely. It can be very enjoyable, restorative and fun! Here are some tips to help you learn to enjoy your own company.

  • Take a snowy walk and leave your music player behind. Don't be afraid to be alone with your thoughts. #MYMTips

  • Indulge yourself and do something that you love without letting yourself feel guilty about it. You deserve a break. #MYMTips

  • "Down time" is great, but adding just 1-2 small tasks/plans to your agenda can help add shape to your day. #MYMTips

  • Alone time can be SUPER productive. Tackle a chore, project or craft and set a goal to get it done by January 1st. #MYMTips

  • Gratitude is a key ingredient in resilience. Take a minute to think about 1-2 things you're thankful for. #MYMTips

  • Volunteering can be a great source of comfort, purpose & connection over the holidays. Find out more at volunteer.ca #MYMTips

  • Treat yourself to some compliments! Use social media to ask people you know & trust to explain what they like best about you. #MYMTips

  • Even if you're alone over the holidays, decorate your house! Twinkle lights are magic! #MYMTips

  • Let family/friends know ahead of time if you plan on spending holidays alone. It gives them time to get used to the idea. #MYMTips

  • Spend a whole day planning, shopping for and cooking a brand new recipe/meal for yourself. Savour the result! #MYMTips

  • Create a mantra highlighting the things you love about YOU. Repeat it to your reflection each morning. #MYMTips http://bit.ly/1cBXtiE

  • Get up and move! Doing something physically active has been proven to improve mood! #MYMTips

  • If you've got time off this season, think of one skill you'd like to improve on. Devote time to practicing it. #MYMTips

  • Alone over the holidays? Make the most of it! Dye your hair, binge on your fave show, eat your fave foods! #MYMTips

  • Sleeping habits can get off track while on holidays, especially if you're on your own. Try to keep regular sleep hours. #MYMTips

  • Seeing a movie alone can be so relaxing and enjoyable. Try it! Most movie theatres are open Christmas day! #MYMTips

  • It's a great time of year for people watching, if that's your thing. Head out, grab a seat, and watch the world go by. #MYMTips

  • Do something you've been putting off because no one will go with you and take yourself on a date. #MYMTips

  • Think of a grudge you have against yourself and try to forgive it. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. #MYMTips

  • Spend some alone time writing letters to people in your life. Actual HANDWRITTEN ones. Guaranteed to brighten their day! #MYMTips

  • Take time to see the hidden beauty in each moment. Stop tweeting and take time to enjoy the sights and sounds of winter. #MYMTips

  • Make an actual list of your strengths to post where you can see it. Add to it as you discover more about yourself. #MYMTips

  • Face your life with child-like enthusiasm. Check out the lights, window shop, build a snowman! #MYMTips

  • Get to bed early. Enjoy being able to wake up, eat breakfast and take your time with yourself rather than rushing. #MYMTips

  • Learning mindfulness can be the greatest gift you can give yourself. Find an app that can help you get started. #MYMTips

  • Grab your phone/camera and create a photo collage of things that you love, goals that you have, quotes that motivate you. #MYMTips

  • Take a positive trip down memory lane. Create a playlist of your favourite songs from childhood to now. #MYMTips

  • Surprise someone with a random act of kindness. Shovel a driveway, leave a nice card for a stranger etc. #MYMTips

  • Wake up early and have a cup of coffee or tea and watch the sun rise. It really is something to see. #MYMTips

  • Setting epic goals is the trend this time of year. Make a list of 5 SMALLER goals that you can get done in a few weeks. #MYMTips

  • Create a new tradition that you can celebrate on your own. There are lots of interesting ideas on the web. #MYMTips