Whether you’re in a relationship or not I think solo dates are incredibly important for your mental wellbeing. We’ve all had times when we’ve gone on a day out and maybe not quite been able to fit in everything we want to do because you’ve had to factor in things the person you’re out with wants to do or had to go slower as they’re not as quick a walker. Or maybe you’ve seen a shop you really want to go into but thought how much your other half would hate it so haven’t entered. Solo dates are pretty much what they say on the tin and times when you can take yourself out and do exactly what you want to do.
I try to have solo dates and days out with myself every 4-6 weeks and I fill the days with exactly what I want to do. Back in September I went to Camden to the stalls I wanted to visit and had some mac and cheese, then did some Oxford Street shopping, went for dinner where I wanted to, went to a new Harry Potter exhibition and finished it off with a trip to the theatre to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Last month I explored some exhibitions at the V&A, had some pizza, a few bakery trips and of course some more shopping (Kat Von D had opened in Debenhams) finishing off at a gig.
I have a long list of bakeries and cafes to try out, exhibitions to go to, shows to see and restaurants to eat in and sometimes it can be hard to find people to always go with, or trying to factor in so many people’s schedules so solo dates allow me to go to the places I want to while having some me time. While you can have relaxing days in with movies, food, bath’s and beauty treatments I do think going out allows you to do more of what you love and things you wouldn’t normally do. Plus it means you don’t get distracted by emails and Facebook constantly as you’re out and about.