Show Yourself Some Love

Whether you’re in a relationship or not, you need to make a point of focusing on yourself. Taking time for yourself is important at every age and in every stage of life. The best way to master the art of “me time” is to date yourself and we have some tips to help you get started.

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Make time for you

First things first -- if you’re going to take some time to show yourself some appreciation, you need to make time for it. Just like you might schedule brunch with your BFFs or a trip to the gym, schedule date night with yourself. Actually eke out the time in your weekly schedule (among all of your other to-dos) for “me time.”

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Pamper yourself

Who doesn’t love to be pampered? Whether you book a monthly spa treatment, weekly mani or soak in a hot tub after a particularly stressful day, make a point to pamper yourself on the regular. Not only will you give yourself something to look forward to, you’ll be minimizing stress and showing yourself some love! Even curling up with a glass of wine and a good book with your phone turned off and laptop hidden away can be a form of pampering. Just do whatever makes you feel good.

Take yourself out

There’s no rule that states you need a date to go to dinner, a movie or an art gallery. If there’s something you want to do or somewhere you want to go, we suggest doing it solo. Take yourself out -- be it to a wine bar you love, a restaurant you’ve been itching to go to or a movie you really want to see. Doing this will build confidence and allow you to feel more independent and at ease with yourself.

Try something new

It’s easy to try new things with a friend or partner, but solo adventures can be a little trickier. We’re not suggesting a jump out of a plane or a ride on the tallest, scariest roller coaster (unless you want to). We’re talking about trying something you’ve always wanted to do, whether it’s learning a new language, taking up a new sport or enrolling in a continuing education class. Doing something new is a great way to empower yourself and have fun on your own.

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Comments on "4 Ways to date yourself"

Bryn October 02, 2012 | 4:00 PM

The best way to actually make something like this happen is to plan it into your schedule. Pampering yourself is always something that you want to do, but just don't have the chance to! So it is great to actually carve out the time and make it happen.

Laurel October 02, 2012 | 3:58 PM

I love these ideas! It is so important to take care of ourselves and can be such a fun and relaxing time doing so. And doing something new is definitely a great way to empower yourself. I just recently started taking classes again and I feel so accomplished working on my education.

Kenia October 02, 2012 | 9:50 AM

Loved this article! It is important to get to know yourself and your favorite things to do on your own. It doesn't matter if you're in a relationship, it is always nice to spend sometime just by yourself.

Lauren September 30, 2012 | 3:17 PM

I'm a big fan of pampering myself via massages and pedicures and also making time for myself. There is nothing better than making cookies and getting all curled up on the couch to read a good book. Great read, thanks!

Katie September 30, 2012 | 3:16 PM

Taking yourself out is a great way to date yourself! There is absolutely nothing wrong with dining alone or seeing a movie solo. In fact, it can be nice to enjoy the peace and quiet!

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