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51 Free Self Care Ideas For When You Spend Time Alone

So it’s the one chance you get to spend time alone and now you don’t know what the hell to do, right?

Usually, you have your spouse asking you where his keys are for the millionth time, or your kids crawling all over you and following you to the bathroom.

But, right now it’s just you silence, and this overwhelming feeling of what to do next, right?

Well, don’t worry because we here at Mind Body Spirit Bliss, know how rare of an occurrence this is and we do not want you to waste ONE SINGLE MOMENT OF IT!

So check out this list of 51 inexpensive things you can do right now so you can spend time alone. 

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51 Inexpensive Ideas To Spend Time Alone

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Meal Plan

I get it, this does not sound like fun at all. But if you want to lose those stubborn 10lbs, stop eating out, and stop wasting money, then you most certainly meal plan. 

Just make a schedule of this week’s meals you can make with the groceries you already have.

1.Use Yummly or Meal Lime to find recipes with the groceries you have.

2. When you find the recipes you like, create a grocery list of the ingredients you don’t have.

It’s really that simple. Make those meals for the week, and watch your money stay in the bank and your waistline shrink. 

Go For A Walk

When is the last time you been outside by yourself?

Do you remember how much you enjoyed sitting there and watching people or listening to the birds?

This is the time that you can go for a walk and not have to worry about screaming your child’s name because he or she is getting to close to the cars, and there is a pandemic so getting out of the house is always a plus.

You can go for a walk, spend time alone, and check in on yourself. 

Meditate

Being a mom is very stressful!

It’s so rewarding but so much work mentally, emotionally, and physically, right?

So now that you are alone, it’s time to take off your mom hat and release some of that stress and anxiety. A great way to do that is with meditation.

Regular meditation not only reduces your stress and anxiety, but it also helps reduce and manage your anger, hostility, and distress.

To get started follow this meditation. I love this one!

Visualize

If your looking for a free effective way to lift your spirits and help you on your parenting journey, then visualization is it.

When you visualize yourself in a stressful situation, like when your toddler throws a tantrum, your baby hasn’t slept a wink, or you’re battling your child to do homework, you can visualize yourself going through the situation.

Instead of yelling and screaming, you imagine yourself having a more positive outcome which leads to the desired outcome.

This way, you will be able to relax and deal with the situation effectively.

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Create a Playlist

I know you have a song that when you hear it, it puts you in an amazing mood!

You remember exactly where you were, what you were doing, and who you were with when that song comes on, right?

It floods you with so many good feelings every time you hear it, right?

Which is why you should create a playlist.

This way you have a playlist for when “mommying” gets stressful. Which you know it will.

Anytime that you feel yourself starting to stress out, get overwhelmed, or need a break, you can play your playlist and instantly uplift your moods. 

Declutter Your Inbox

Have you taken a look at your inbox lately? Or are you avoiding it all cost?

Well since you have some time to yourself, you can open it up and organize it.

Decluttering your inbox helps to eliminate the stress and anxiety you feel when you think about it.

You’ll no longer have to avoid it because it will be organized and well maintained for once. 

Fix Your Resume

Have you been wanting that promotion?

Or do you want to find a position with another company?

If so, now is the time to do one of the most important things to get you ready for your next big breakthrough.

It’s time to pull out that resume and spruce it up. Make sure all of your information is updated and formatted correctly.

If you need help, here’s an article that will walk you through it.

Paint Your Nails

Do you remember the last time you looked at your nails and they looked pretty?

I’m not talking about you painting them because your daughter wanted to you to at her tea party.

I’m talking about when you look at them and it stops you in your tracks because of the beauty they hold.

Remember them days?

Yeah… sigh…it’s been a while, huh?

Well since you can spend time alone, you can get some of your glam back and paint your nails. 

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Try Cooking A New Dish

As a mom, I know you are tired of hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and Mac n cheese? 

Well, guess what mama you’re all by yourself, this means you get the pick the meal you want to eat!

Find a recipe on Yummly and get to testing your skills in the kitchen.

I know you’re going to knock it out of the park!

In fact, tag me in your photo @MindBodySpiritBliss on Instagram, so I can see what you made!

Read A Book

When is the last time you sat down and enjoyed a good book with no interruptions whatsoever?

I mean no one coming up and asking you for fruit snacks, to wipe their butts, and asking you to pour the coffee.

With no interruptions, now is the perfect time for you to enjoy a book that you’ve been dying to get your hands on.

You get to sit there, read and actually absorb what the book is portraying to you.

You can borrow a digital book for free using the apps Libby, Hoopla, and Overdrive.

I know it’s not as good as having the actual book in your hands, but it’s super close especially when you don’t have much time to spend alone.. 

Organize Your Closet

That sweatshirt that you had since high school, yup it’s time to retire it. As well as those jeans that you have because you said you will fit into them one day.

In fact, anything that you haven’t worn in over a year it’s time to donate them.

Organizing your closet allows you to get rid of things that no longer serve you purpose.

Plus, you get to remember clothes that you long forgot about. 

Spend Time Alone At The Library

Oh how I love the library! It’s my place of peace.

I love everything from the smell, to the quietness, to the anticipation that I feel because I know I’m about to start a new adventure when I open a book.

The library is full of so much to do and learn.

It’s a perfect place to go to to spend time alone. 

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Try A New Workout

Working out is a great self care activity that is perfect when you want to spend time alone.

Great things is you can try a new workout by joining a gym or by using YouTube. 

Experiment With Your Makeup

When is the last time you tried something different with your makeup?

A great way to spend alone is to try out new makeup routines.

Catch your husband and kids off guard. Walk in with a new look and I bet you he’ll call his mom so fast to watch the kids so you two can be alone.

Text A Friend 

Since you’re always so busy ripping and running, now is a great time to text a friend and catch up. 

Watch A Movie

Finally, you don’t have to watch Nickelodeon or Disney!

You now have time to spend alone so, you should definitely catch up on a movie you’ve been wanting to see but never had the time to watch. 

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Explore Your Neighborhood

I bet it’s been a while since you actually got to explore your neighborhood without toting a stroller, holding a hand, or chasing down a kid.

Now, that you get to spend time alone, you can take in the scenery and actually notice how things have changed in your neighborhood.

I bet you notice places you never knew about too.

Spend Time Alone And Unplug

Social media is a lot! Especially when all you see are perfect mommies with their expensive strollers, toting their beautiful kids who miraculously have no stains on their clothing and never cry.

Which brings me to my point, if you notice that you are continuously comparing your life to those you see on social media or that you feel depressed or anxious after being on social media, it’s time to unplug. 

Take a break and focus on your life by paying attention to what you are grateful for.  

Write A Handwritten Letter To Your Future Self

You ever hear the question, what would your tell your your younger self if you could, well how about writing a letter to your future self.

Sometimes we forget what we actually want out of life because we are so focused on making everyone else in our lives happy.

Writing a letter to your future self reminds you of who you really want to be and what your purpose in life is.  

Try That Face Mask

Remember that face mask you bought so long ago that you hid so your kids wouldn’t mess with it?

Yup, that one!

It’s time to go get it and give it a try since you have time to spend alone. 

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Make Your Own Face Mask

Ready to add some pep to your skin? Then definitely try these 2 ingredients face masks using items you already have right now.

You’ll find one listed in this article for the skin type you have. 

Call A Friend

Now that you have no kids around, your husband isn’t in your ear, and you have some of your sanity back since you get to spend time alone. Now, is the perfect time to call a friend and catch up.

See how they are doing and let them know what’s going on in your life too. 

Research Something You’ve Been Meaning To Learn More About

Remember that thing you saw on Facebook that you wanted to learn more about?

Well, since you have time to spend alone, you should pull up your phone and get to learning. Who knows it may spark something inside of you.

Clean Your Home

Yes, I know the last thing you want to do is clean your home because you’re probably cleaning all the time.

But since you have no one crawling all over you trying to get your attention, you can catch up on a few chores now. This way you don’t have to do them tomorrow. 

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Declutter Your Drawers

Now, before you say you don’t have anything that needs decluttered, let me ask you a question, when’s the last time you went through your junk drawer or underwear drawer?

It’s been a while, huh?

Well today’s the day since you’re spending time alone, you can clean them out and get rid of things that no longer serve you.

Write Letters To Someone You Love

I remember when we moved into our new home, (follow me on IG to see pics), we received hand written cards welcoming us into the neighborhood.

It felt so good to receive them because we knew they had taken the time out of their day to do so.

To make someone feel better, write a handwritten letter to them. 

Set Intentions When You Spend Time Alone

So what does setting intentions really mean?

Well, let me put it to you this way, you know how you are always planning EVERYTHING!

Like what snacks should be packed, where everyone should be at what time, and how everyone should be dressed.

You are planning all of this in your head, when you should be living in the moment.

To help you be more mindful, you need to set intentions.

Setting intentions allows you to focus on who you are in the moment, live your values, and inspire and motivate you to achieve your purpose so that you are truly happy.

Start A Grateful Journal

One of the best things I have done for myself is start a gratitude journal.

It has helped me tremendously when it comes to my mindset. I no longer get stuck on the negative things in my life like how much I have to do, how no one helps, and how tired I always am.

Instead everyday I see the blessings God has put in my life and I focus on those instead. 

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Listen To A Podcast

Sometimes when I get to spend time alone, I ask Alexa to put on a podcast.

Listening to a podcast helps me to learn, laugh, or cry depending on what kind of podcast I am listening to.

In fact, some of the podcasts I listen to feel like I know the the hosts personally.  Which is great because it’s super hard to make friends as a mom, or is that just me?

Create A Budget

You know how you want to take a vacation but it seems like you never have enough money to do so?

Well, now is the time to set a budget.

Pick a place you want to go and figure out how much you will need to save each month to do so.

The best way to do this is by creating a budget that is detailed with your monthly expenses and income. 

Drink Water

I see you sis looking for that bottle of water as you read this. You know as well as I know that you have not been properly hydrating yourself.

When you don’t drink enough water, you can suffer from some of these: 

•dehydration 

•headache 

•fatigue 

•weakened immunity 

•dry skin

And as a mom, who has always so much to do, none of these will do you any good.

Take A Nap

One of the things I like to do most when I spend time alone, is to take a nap. I love catching up on my zzz’s especially because I never get enough. Taking a nap helps with

•Restoring alertness

•ReducIng mistakes and accidents

•Helping you to relax and feel rejuvenated 

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Binge Netflix

Having a family, especially one with young kids, means you probably have a few shows that you heard were good but never got the time to actually watch them.

While now that you are spending time alone, you can finally catch up on at least one of them.

P.S. let me know which show you’re watching because I need a new show to binge too! 

Watch A Funny YouTube Video

One of the best feelings in the world is when you get to laugh. Not one of those laughs where you have to stifle it.

But one of those laughs where you throw your hands up, slide out your chair, and start crying because you’re laughing so hard.

To help you have a deep belly laugh that literally takes away all the anxiety and turmoil, watch a funny video on YouTube.

Best of all, it’s free and there are millions to chose from. 

Finish That DIY Project You Started

Remember how you were scrolling Pinterest and you saw that amazing DIY project?

You thought you were the Property Brothers and you actually tried to attempt it, but you never completed it.

Well now is the time to actually finish it girl!

Find A New Affirmation

Since you are changing and new things are happening in your life, it’s probably time that you find an affirmation that fits.

One that fits your more defined goals, lifestyle, and ambitions.

If you’re looking for some affirmations that may fit your life, check out this article here.

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Browse Your Favorite Website

I know every time I’m online it’s usually because I’m working, need an answer to a question, scrolling social media, or looking up something for the kids.

But now that you can spend time alone, you can browse the websites you actually like and even look at clothes for yourself. 

Draw or Color When You Spend Time Alone

Yes, all these adult coloring books that you see aren’t just a fad. Coloring as an adult has so many benefits like the ability to relax your thoughts.

It also helps to induce mindfulness and quietness. Therefore it helps you get some much needed rest. 

Learn A New Dance Routine

When’s the last time you danced?

I’m not talking about a little swing of the hips because the kids are around.

I’m talking about full out twerking, dropping it like it’s hot, chicken head, dancing, like back in the day.

It’s been a while huh?

Well, with all these new dances the young people are doing, it’s time for you to catch up and add some to your repertoire.

In fact, turn on YouTube and start learning Miss Missy. 

Go For A Run

It’s hard to get a good run in when you are always chasing kids, working, or pretty much doing everything for everyone else.

But now that you have time to spend alone, you can go for a run without worrying about any of that.

This way you can clear your mind and think about where you want your life to go. 

Write A Creative Story

Writing a creative story, helps you build confidence, clarify your thoughts, and have better mental, physical, and emotional health.

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Do Laundry

I get it doing laundry isn’t glamorous or something that you love doing, but now that you have time to spend alone, you can actually catch up on all of it.

This way it won’t be a task that is constantly on your mind. 

Make A Vision Board

Have you ever sat down and really thought about where you want your life to go?

You haven’t?

Well, now, is a great time to re-examine your life and make sure you are on the path you want to be.

Create a vision board of the things you want to accomplish in the next year or 5 years so that your life your not continuing to live your life on rinse and repeat. 

Try A New Hairstyle

I get motherhood is a lot of work and most of the time, you feel like you are in a rut.

To make motherhood easier, you pretty much go for the same type of clothes, makeup, and hairstyles since you don’t have to actually think about things.

But now that you have tome to spend alone, you can experiment.

Try a new hairstyle that you’ve been admiring, and remind yourself of how beautiful you are on the outside as well as the inside.

FaceTime Someone

If you haven’t talked to your friends or family in a long time, FaceTime them and check in.

Make sure they are doing okay, and let them know how you’re doing as well. 

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Pin on Pinterest 

Go to Pinterest and pick out pins for recipes you want to try, DIY, items you want to buy, and etc. Basically, go create a digital visual board.

For inspiration, you can check out my Pinterest boards right here. 

Redecorate A Room

When’s the last time you walked into your house and admired it?

If it’s been a while, it’s time to redecorate a room.

Move the furniture around, hang up new paintings, etc so that you begin to admire your home again. 

Spend Time In Nature

Spending time in nature is a great way to spend time alone.

It’s actually proven that being in nature reduces inflammation and improves your immune system.

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Read The Bible

Reading the Bible is a great way to spend time alone.

The Bible helps you to feel stronger, wiser, and become a better listener.

Reading the Bible helps to bring a sense of peace to your life that you didn’t have before.

It gives you hope which can keep you going each and every day. 

Practice Your Breathing

Have you ever noticed how shallow and rapid your breathing is?

Deep breathing helps to calm your nerves, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve your attention span.

Start Giving Your Ideas And Dreams A Chance

This one, as my Big G would say it, hits the nail on the head.

When you become a mom, your focus shifts towards your family. You no longer give your attention to yourself and your dreams.

Because of that, you lose touch with who you are and who you want to become.

In fact, if you’re reading this right now, then you must start giving your ideas and dreams a chance to flourish.

You have to remember that your kids will grow up and have their own lives one day and you will need to have yours too.

So why not get a head start and show your kids that becoming a parent doesn’t mean you give up on your dreams. It just means you accommodate them to fit your lifestyle. 

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The Last Thing You Need To Know To When You Spend Time Alone

Being able to spend time alone is a necessity for moms. It allows you to get to know yourself, get your head on straight, and focus on where you want to be. 

If after reading this article, you either aren’t sure what activity to chose first on this checklist, or you are still struggling to find an activity that interests you, then you need to take the self care type quiz. 

This quiz will tell you what type of self care you need right now to help comfort you and lift your spirits. It also gives you activities that will fit your needs, and your life.

Plus, the quiz is free to take!

Since you are able to spend time alone, you can take the Self Care Type Quiz right here, right now so you pick the best way to spend time alone based on your lifestyle.

Remember Love Always and Spread Bliss,

Ree

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Psst...Sorry To Interrupt

But would you like to know how to practice self care in 15 minutes or less?