Make Your Solo Date A Journey Of Self-Discovery—Here’s How!

A “solo date” is a self-love practice that encourages you to carve out “me time” to relax, reset, and build a deeper relationship with yourself.

Make Your Solo Date A Journey Of Self-Discovery
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Even if you’ve successfully divorced the toxic mindset of “hustle culture,” there’s still a chance that you’ll experience some type of burnout if you don’t prioritize your self-care and wellness routine.

Trying to juggle endless commitments, whether it be work or personal, can have its effects. For some, it’s the feeling of anxiety and being overwhelmed. For others, it’s the troubling realization that they no longer have time to reconnect with their inner thoughts and feelings. No matter how it shows up for you, it’s important to be proactive about carving out time to care for your mind, body, and soul.

So, what can you do to stay grounded in today’s world? We suggest joining the countless other women who are finding peace and rekindling healthy relationships with themselves through “solo dating.”

What is a solo date?

A “solo date” is a self-love practice that encourages you to carve out “me time” to relax, reset, and build a deeper relationship with yourself. Some of our BrownStyle Beauties described their solo dating experience as a journey of self-care and self-love. 

Although going on fun adventures and trying new experiences like restaurants and spas are fantastic perks of solo dating, it is not the end all. Solo dates also offer the opportunity to slow down and embark on a path of self-discovery.

At BrownStyle Magazine, we are all about doing the inner work that helps make you shine from the inside out. As we transition into the new season, we challenge you to pause and unlock your inner peace. 

Discover Your Happy Space

Whether it’s outdoors in nature or from the comfort of your own home, discovering a space that helps you relax and feel at peace is key to ensuring you get the most out of your solo date.

You might not find your happy space the first time out but don’t worry. It’s all about discovery. Your overall goal should be to find a place that makes you feel warm and cozy. A space that makes you feel secure and allows you to sigh a breath of relief as you let your shoulders down.

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Ditch The Phone And Set Boundaries

Understand that protecting your time and emotional well-being is paramount. When setting up your solo date, be sure to put your phone in “do not disturb” mode to ensure you don’t experience any interruptions as you unlock your better self.

If you have a significant other, don’t be afraid to clearly communicate your need for “me time.” This will help foster healthier relationships while safeguarding your own happiness.

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Meditate And Begin Self-Discovery Through Journaling

A big part of self-discovery is meditation. This is why we encourage you to begin your solo dating journey by allocating time to explore your inner thoughts and desires. Through meditation, take a moment to ask yourself the questions you may have long neglected. 

What brings you joy? What helps you feel at peace? These are just a few questions to ponder. Grab a notebook and start journaling your honest responses.

Practice Gratitude And Pamper Yourself With Positive Affirmations

It’s important to pour into yourself. During your alone time, take a moment to celebrate your wins and accomplishments. Read some positive affirmations out loud. By doing so, you attract positive energy to flow into your life. We also find that writing in a gratitude journal helps you to better value all your blessings.

Find A Hobby That Brings You Bliss

One of the fun steps in your solo dating journey is seeking out a hobby that not only piques your interest but also brings you genuine bliss. The act of engaging in activities that truly light up your spirit can be a wonderful form of self-expression and a gateway to self-discovery. Whether it’s rediscovering your love for nature or tapping into your creative side with art and music, we encourage you to find a passion that resonates with your soul.

Embrace Solo Dating As A Lifestyle

Solo dating is a journey that leads to a deeper understanding of who you are, a rekindled love for yourself, and a sense of purpose that can transform your life. Learning to savor your own company is an essential aspect of dating yourself. Taking some alone time can work wonders in bringing you both peace of mind and a sense of solace.

This season, take the first step towards nurturing the most important relationship in your life—the one with yourself!

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

Emerald Elitou followed in the footsteps of her parents and sister by developing into a highly sought-after journalist who writes about everything from beauty to wellness for well-known publications including Byrdie, Essence, and Allure, to name a few.

Affectionately known as the "Launch List Lady," Emerald is an advocate for diversity showing her committed support to POC-owned, LGBTQIA+, and women-owned brands. She intends to shape BrownStyle Magazine as a vision board that inspires women of color to live life at its fullest potential.