With summer right around the corner, you may be in the thick of making summer plans with friends and family, from barbecues to vacations. Plus, summer means one big thing: With nicer weather, there’s a lot more to do when you add on all the outdoor activities. It’s also a great time to take yourself out. Whether you are in a relationship or not, allocating enough “me time” for yourself is an important part of the learning-and-growing process. Besides, dating yourself is fun.
“Spending time alone can be the best way to clear your mind, nourish your body, and tap into your inner creativity,” Antonia Hall, psychologist, relationship expert, and author of The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life, tells Bustle. “Spending quality time with friends and family is a healthy, life-enriching thing to do, but making time just for yourself is just as important.”
Ever since I started taking myself out on dates every week, I started to learn a lot of valuable life lessons, from gaining self-confidence to stepping out of my comfort zone more often. From hiking and stand-up paddleboarding to cooking classes and botanical gardens, here are several dates you can take yourself out on this summer.