5 Things You Usually Do With Friends That Can Be Just as Fun Solo

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There are certain activities made for friends. You can't exactly have an epic Smash Bros. competition or beach bonfire alone. But while there are plenty of things reserved for you and your BFFs, sometimes a little solitude is just as nice - whether intentional or not. Yes, it's easy to curl up in front of Netflix when your friends are busy with part-time jobs or family stuff, but perusing the films recently added to your queue shouldn't be the only thing that you feel comfortable doing solo. It might not sound ideal, but certain things you usually reserve for friends can be pretty fun to do by yourself. Here are some "me dates" that you should try out next time you have free time but no free friends:

1. Hit the movies .

I know, I know - sitting alone in a movie theater sounds incredibly awkward. My suggestion? Do it anyway. If you're like me, you're always whispering in your friends' ears when you go to the movies in a big group, so it can be pretty relaxing to go solely to enjoy a film. Plus, you get to not only choose the film, but where exactly you want to sit - like the last seat in the back row.

2. Go shopping.

There's a benefit of going shopping with friends - they'll make sure that you don't buy anything truly heinous - but it's not exactly the most efficient experience. You'll probably be spending more time at the food court than you will scoping out an appropriate dress for the wedding you're attending next month. Going shopping without a buddy means you'll have more time to find exactly what you're looking for.

3. Go to an exercise class.

Exercising with a buddy can be one of the best ways to motivate you to get in shape, but signing up for a class solo can be particularly rewarding. You'll be able to focus on your own workout and can introduce your friends to a fun new activity next time they're looking to break a sweat.

4. Cook something amazing.

What better way to hone your culinary skills than by hitting up Pinterest for a new recipe? You might not want your first time making teriyaki salmon to be tested on an audience, anyway. If you ever do cook for friends, they'll be marveled by your newfound chef status.

5. Get pampered.

Sure, it can be fun getting your nails done or a facial with a group of friends, but if you're really looking to get into the zen zone, try doing it solo. You'll have plenty of time with your thoughts during the hot stone massage.

Have fun being your own BFF for a day!

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