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45+ Exciting Self Date Ideas for the Independent Single Girl

The life of being a single girl is an exciting time, but it can also be lonely. You’re constantly surrounded by people in relationships, you’re trying to enjoy the life you have but sometimes it can get a little boring of the same old same old. There’s a number of things you can do but you’re not sure where to start. Don’t worry, there are plenty of self date ideas that you can do to enjoy your own company.

It’s important to remember that you can enjoy time alone and make the most out of your singleness. Just because one may be without partner doesn’t mean they have an excuse for not trying new things or taking up hobbies. Here are 45 + self date ideas that will help you enjoy your singleness and keep you occupied and happy!

1. Go on a nature walk.

Head outside into the natural world. Walk along a path or explore an abandoned building and see what wonders you can discover!

2. Take yourself out to lunch or dinner.

You can always use an excuse to try something new. So, take yourself out for lunch or dinner and go somewhere you’ve never been before!

3. Have a movie marathon

Start your weekend off with some guilt-free entertainment. Why not treat yourself to a movie marathon on Saturday afternoon? It is the perfect self date idea. Spend hours cuddling up in front of the TV and watch all those movies you’ve been wanting to see, but haven’t gotten around too yet! 

4. Paint or draw something.

The best thing you can do is to use your creativity and create something new. It might be a painting, or maybe just some drawings in the margins of an old book that’s been sitting around collecting dust for years. It’s a fantastic way to do something different plus relieve stress.

5. Read a book of a genre you rarely read.

What’s the point of reading books you already know? Read something new and different. This is a great way to escape from your routine, whether it is for fun or study! Reading Diversity provides many benefits, including increased knowledge, which can help us become better humans at understanding the world around us.

6. Go for a bike ride.

girl on bike

It’s the perfect way to enjoy your day! You’ll be happier, healthier, and more productive when you’re in good physical shape. Plus, there are so many beautiful places that offer an amazing view for miles along.

7. Take a yoga class.

girl doing yoga

Yoga is a great way to get your daily dose of exercise and relaxation. Not only will you feel better, but the mental benefits are unbeatable!

8. Make a list of things you’re grateful for.

You might not know it, but there is something in your life that makes every day better than the one before! Make a list and add to this what brings out gratitude within yourself- even if it’s small or large items like: 

  • Having food on the table at home
  • Getting mail
  • Waking up to a beautiful morning
  • Not getting into argument.

9. Write in your journal and self reflect.

Write in your journal about how you are feeling. Then take a few minutes to think about what led until this point and all the things that have happened since then. Growth happens when you’re most uncomfortable.

10. Take yourself on a shopping spree.

You deserve it! Get yourself the best of everything.

You work hard for your money, so go out and spend some quality time with fashion in mind because who knows when you’ll be able to do this again?

11. Stargaze on a clear night.

girl stargazing

On a clear night, go stargazing. The stars are so far away that they seem like tiny lights in the sky and you’ll want to reach out and touch them!

12. Visit a nearby city or town.

This is an opportunity for you to get out of the house, meet new people and experience life!

13. Cook your favorite meal.

Try cooking your favorite meal. It’s a great way to relax and unwind, plus you get the satisfaction of making something delicious!

14. Take a self-defense class.

The best way to avoid a fight is not always just avoidance. Learning some self-defense skills can help you keep the peace and protect yourself if things ever go south!

15. Make a scrapbook or photo album.

For a creative and personal way to remember all those special moments, make an album! You can also scrapbook or take pictures in this journal.

16. Take cute pictures of yourself.

Show off your best side by taking pictures of yourself with fun props that make you look cool, sophisticated or even magazine cover model worthy. A picture is worth 1000 words and can instantly increase self-confidence

17. Hit up the batting cages.

It’s time to get your swing on. The batting cages are waiting for you, so work those hands of yours into a frenzy!

18. Play tourist in your own city.

Looking for something new to do? Get off the beaten path and check out some of this city’s lesser-known attractions.

19. Go for a swim in the ocean or a pool.

The feeling of freedom and isolation is amazing when you go for a swim in an open body of water. I recommend it to anyone who has time!

21. Visit a museum.

girl visiting a museum

Museum visits are an excellent way to encourage creativity, explore new ideas, and learn about different cultures.

22. Go to the Farmers Market

At the farmers market, you can find fresh produce and meats. There are also delicious baked goods for those who want to indulge in some tasty treats!

23. Take yourself to a theme park.

Theme parks are the perfect way to spend an afternoon. They offer fun rides and attractions that will keep you entertained all day long, with plenty of space in between each ride for eating or shopping!

24. Make a cake or some other type of dessert.

Make your favorite cake, or maybe some new and exciting recipes you have been craving for.

25. Have a picnic in your backyard or at a park.

The best way to spend a summer day is by going on an adventure in the great outdoors. You can take your picnic supplies and enjoy them at any park or open field you find comfortable!

26. Take a dance class.

girl in dancing class

The first step to a better life is learning how you move. Take up dancing and make it your new hobby!

The joys of motion are therapy for body, mind and soul alike— so why not take some time out each week or day off from work? You’ll feel less stressed about getting things done when there’s something fun waiting in line behind all those tasks on deck at home.

27. Make a Self-Care kit.

It is not just the physical self-care that you need to take care of, but also emotional and mental well being. This kit can be used for this purpose with items such as aromatherapy oils.

28. Work on a DIY project.

What have you done to make your home more beautiful? Now is time for a DIY project.

A little creativity and elbow grease can go a long way in creating something amazing, whether it’s an outdoor space or even just some furniture updates!

29. Go for a drive in the country.

The country is a great place to get some fresh air and relaxation. A drive through scenic terrain can be just what you need.

30. Dress up and take yourself out for a drink.

Why not go out and about? It’s always fun to dress up!

31. Play video games.

Video games are a fun and exciting way to spend time. If you’ve never played before, teach yourself!

32. Take yourself to the theater.

girl in movie theater

Get out there and enjoy the show. Theater is always a great experience. Watch that movie you’ve been wanting to watch!

33. Make a list of goals for the year.

To make the most of this new year, it is important to set goals. Write your desired outcomes and work towards achieving them.

34. Plan a weekend getaway (by yourself, of course).

It’s the perfect time to catch up on your own personal activities and spend quality time with your thoughts.

35. Hit up the arcade.

Spend an afternoon at the arcade. It’s not just about winning – it’s also imperative that you have fun!

36. Write a letter to your future self.

My future self, you are about to embark on a journey that will change your life forever. You have been given the power and privilege of deciding for yourself in ways I never could as an individual – but it comes with great responsibility too!

37. Take yourself to a comedy club.

Go to the local comedy club and get your mind blown by hilarious jokes. Take yourself out of this world with some great laughs!

38. Spend time with your pets.

girl with dog

Make time for your pets. A lot of people forget about the importance of spending quality one on ones with their furry friends, but this can be an invaluable bonding experience that helps develop closeness and understanding between your two-legged creature!

39. Make a vision board.

Vision boards are a great way to visualize your goals and dreams. They can be made from Pinterest or other sites, but I recommend getting one large poster board at Home Depot so you have more room on it for pictures of things that matter most in life!

40. Take yourself to a concert.

Make your way to the nearest concert. There is nothing more fulfilling than being surrounded by thousands of people who share a mutual love for music and performing art, so go take in some shows!

41. Meditate.

The best way to care for yourself is by meditating. This will not only keep your mind clear but also relieve stress and anxiety, which can lead to physical problems down the line!

42. Make a list of things you love about yourself.

What I love about myself is a topic that can fill up pages and books. From my positive outlook on life to how kind-hearted I am; there’s no shortage of things worth bragging about when it comes down to who you are as an individual!

43. Volunteer for a cause you believe in.

Volunteering is a great way to give back and help those in need. It’s also an excellent opportunity for people to look at their lives from outside perspectives, as volunteering provides them with new skills that can be used in the long run.

44. Make a list of things you’d like to do in the next month.

In the next month, I want _____.

A great way to start is by making a list of all those things you’ve always wanted but haven’t had time for because they were ranked high on your priorities list. Start today!

45. Take yourself out for some frozen yogurt or ice cream.

Treat yourself to some frozen yogurt or ice cream.

Make it worth your while with add-ons like fresh fruit, sprinkles on top and/or drizzled chocolate sauce for that final touch!

46. Get a Mani/Pedi.

Treat yourself to a Mani/Pedi and you’ll be feeling like new again in no time!

47. Take yourself to the spa

Indulge in a spa day as often as possible to make yourself happier, healthier, and more relaxed!

48. Attend a workshop or event

With so many workshops and events going on in the area, it’s easy to get distracted by all of them. You’ll never know what you’re interested in until you step out of your comfort zone!

Bottom Line

Loving yourself is the most important thing you can do. If it’s hard, try to remember that no one will love your future self as much if not more than they love who are now – and what a beautiful person we all have inside us waiting for opportunity!

The best way to show yourself, love, is by accepting and embracing your quirks, passions, and flaws because they make you unique! And once you have that self-love, it will radiate outwards and positively affect all aspects of your life! Taking yourself out on these self dates will only make that love stronger.

What are some self-date ideas that you’ve enjoyed in the past? Share your story. We’d love to hear from you!

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by Genesis Gutierrez

Genesis is the founder of Harness Magazine, a digital media company that celebrates and elevates the voices of women around the world. A first-generation college graduate, Genesis holds a degree in from UCLA with hopes of going back for a Masters in Social Work.

Through her work as an editor-in-chief of Harness, Genesis has dedicated herself to amplifying the stories of women specifically marginalized communities. She is committed to creating space for those who are often left out of mainstream conversations, and believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful tools we have for building community and sparking social change.


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