20 Tips to Beat the Weekend Blahs…
Have you ever found yourself stuck in a weekend slump?
Let’s face it…not every weekend is filled with a jam-packed social calendar. Unfortunately, unexpected solo weekends can lead to a slump…bringing on feelings of isolation and depression.
So just what do you do to avoid this rut?
You invent your own social calendar. The truth is that learning to fly solo can be empowering.
Check out these 20 ideas sure to lead to a fun solo weekend.
1. Catch a comedy flick.
No sad movies. Solo weekends are not the time to drown yourself in sorrow.
2. Go out for coffee (even if you don’t drink it).
Pick a spot you’ve never tried before. Bring a magazine and soak up the atmosphere.
3. Drop into a yoga class.
If you’ve never tried yoga, opt for the “gentle” version. Yoga classes are a great way to relax -and meet new people at the same time.
4. Head to a bookstore and read one of the classics.
Sink into a comfy chair and enjoy. If you aren’t into classics, try a new book from the best seller section.
5. Find a Sunday cooking class and learn to make that special dish you’ve always dreamed of.
If there are no classes available, find recipes online. Who knows…maybe you will find your new favorite!
6. Volunteer with your favorite charity.
Charities are always in need of help. Giving back is a wonderful way to cultivate joy.
7. Organize that one room or drawer you’ve been avoiding.
Go to a grocery store and read magazines on organizing for ideas. Just think about how great you will feel once you’re done!
8. Work out or take a walk.
Getting moving is a great way to get out of a slump. If you’re not an active person, start simple and work your way up.
9. Try a “do-it-yourself” project.
YouTube has some great “how to” videos. Just make sure it’s a project that you will enjoy and complete.
10. Paint. (No laughing. No one said you had to be artistic!)
If you prefer an organized art project, hobby stores sell paint by number projects. They’re fun and the end result is amazing.
11. Try your hand at online solitaire.
There’s something mesmerizing about the computerized version. And if you don’t like computer games, try it the old fashioned way.
12. Plan your summer garden.
Head to a local hardware store and cruise gardening books for ideas. Gardening is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature.
13. Learn to knit (yes knit!).
Knitting has become quite the popular at home sport. Just think about the amazing things you can make.
14. Visit a pet shelter.
Homeless pets need visitors. And if it strikes your fancy, consider taking on an animal companion.
15. Visit the next nearest town.
Solo road trips can be a blast. Find that little known café and check it out.
16. Go to that cool museum you always pass but never visit.
Museums make for an awesome solo adventure. Just think-you don’t have to wait for everyone else to finish when you’re ready to move on to the next exhibit.
17. Plan a theme dinner party.
Head to a hobby store to get ideas, then make invitations and send them out.
18. Cruise the “meet up” groups in your area.
Meet ups are a fun way to connect with new people. There are thousands of groups with a theme for everyone. You can check out a book club, a movie group, or even a nature lover’s meet up. Just remember to always be careful in public settings like this-don’t give too much info out about yourself til you’re comfortable.
19. Shop for and start a gratitude journal.
Head to a local bookstore and find a journal that you love. Next, grab some coffee and start writing.
20. This one is for you to invent.
After all, the best ideas come from YOU! Give yourself some credit and get creative. And feel free to comment if you think of an idea you’d like to share.