Things to Do When You're Stuck at Home Alone in the Summer
The thought of summer can make people drop what they're doing just to daydream of catching up with family, getting outdoors to enjoy the ocean, not having to go to school, and lazing about with no objectives.
However, all too often, these daydreams are ruined when unexpected business trips happen, or friends vacation somewhere far away for the summer months, leaving a sole person behind.
What do you do when you're home alone while everyone else is out having fun without you? How can you possibly enjoy summer when you're stuck at home by yourself?
You shouldn't have to wish your summer days would go by faster; you should enjoy them to the fullest! Here are a few solo activities that may have you wishing you had a little more time to yourself (or at least will make summer fly by like a breeze)!
Activity #1: Make Ice Cream
Summer can be pretty hot, and nothing tastes more delicious on a sweltering day than some smooth, cold ice cream. Instead of going out and buying a quart of vanilla or mint chocolate chip, though, make your own ice cream! Believe it or not, you can make ice cream in a sandwich bag in less than 10 minutes. Create a unique ice cream flavor and name it after yourself! No one else will be able to say that they invented something delicious over the summer.
Activity #2: Enjoy Nature
Do you have a balcony, a patio or a yard? Pull out a lawn chair or a towel and let your skin get some sun! The sun's rays will warm away those lonely blues, and you'll look like you were at the beach over the summer when you show everyone your tan later on. Bring out a book to read, or even bring your laptop outdoors. Since we're usually inside while on the computer, hearing the cicadas buzzing away and smelling the grass swaying around you will put a summery touch on an everyday activity.
Activity #3: Make Lemonade or Sun Tea
Few things are as delicious as freshly-squeezed lemonade. While you're sitting outside in the sun, keep hydrated with these yummy treats. Lemonade only requires water, sugar, and lemons to make. Sun tea only needs tea bags and water! You can even mix the two together for a homemade Arnold Palmer.
Activity #4: Treat Your Body
Since you're home alone, why not turn your house into a one-person spa? Whip up a natural face mask, walk around the house in a robe and slippers, deep treat your hair, and give yourself a manicure and pedicure! Light some incense, then turn on some music that will help to relax your body. No one is there to see you, so you needn't feel shy about placing cucumbers on your eyes, either. Afterwards, you'll feel so mellow that you may forget that you've been in your house the entire time.
Activity #5: Make a Scrapbook of Your Life
We have no idea how quickly life is passing us by until we turn around and see all the things behind us. Make a scrapbook of fun times with your family, friends, and pets. Go outside in your yard and collect leaves and flowers to dry out and sandwich between the pages of your book. Gather buttons, pieces of old clothes, and other tokens that are easy to lose but have no functional purpose and create a timeline-themed scrapbook. This way, instead of thinking of all the things you're missing out on, you'll be focusing on the great things that have happened in your life.
Activity #6: Play a Long-Lasting Video Game
Lots of people who play video games wish that they "had more time" to complete some of the more complicated, drawn-out games. If you're stuck at home by yourself, have a visual and mental adventure by playing a story and character-driven video game. You'll make new "friends", time will fly by, and playing video games can be a better choice for those who have a hard time concentrating on books.
Types of Volunteer Opportunities:
- Animal shelters
- Emergency help services
- Help for the disabled
- Walks for cancer/disease research
- Children services
- Nursing homes
Activity #7: Volunteer
Why not spend your summer days making a difference in the lives of others? There are volunteering opportunities for every kind of person out there. Do you enjoy being around animals? Shelters and adoption agencies are always looking for a helping hand, especially since most of them are not-for-profit. You can also help out the homeless, build houses, clean up the environment, and help connect with peers that may need guidance. You may end the summer as an improved version of your former self.
Activity #8: Make YouTube Videos
Anyone can start a channel on YouTube for absolutely no cost. Do you like to act? Do you like to reach out and give others advice? Do people always tell you that you're funny and that you should be a comedian? If you're not sure about talking on camera or revealing your identity to strangers, create a persona. Wear a mask if you want to, and make it part of your character! You may acquire many adoring fans over the course of the summer. The best part about this is that no one will be home so you can do whatever you want without feeling embarrassed!
Activity #9: Have a Movie Night
Order take-out, close all the blinds and curtains, turn off the lights, and have a solo movie night. It'll be like being in the theater, but without crying babies or people loudly making out in the back row. If you have a surround sound system, use that! Watch an entire TV series, movie series, anime series, or your all-time favorite movie.
Activity #10: Grow Your Own Flowers or Food
Seeds and bulbs are normally very inexpensive (usually ranging from $.15-$3.00 a pack), and there aren't a lot of things that feel as good as watching your own plant grow because of your hard work and dedication. Experience the smell and feel of the soil, the greenness of a plant's newly-grown stem, and the joy of misting your plants with water. If you're successful, you'll be rewarded with beautiful flowers, delicious food, and precious experience!
Activity #11: Enjoy the Summer Nights
Nights in the summertime are a sweet relief. Open a window next to your bed and gaze out at the stars, then let the crickets, owls, and rustling leaves lull you to sleep when you're ready to retire for the day.