Think of yourself as an important person. Just because you are short on friends doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being a friend to yourself. Make sure you eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, adequate sleep, and do a least one positive pleasurable thing every day. Keep up with your interests and make an effort to develop new hobbies and more interests. Use your time alone positively and get caught up on cleaning, reading, improvements to your wardrobe, home, or car. Use your time alone to get to know yourself and avoid just sitting. Actively find creative and enjoyable ways to use your alone time. Keep things around you that cue you to do things you like, or would like to try such as drawing, practicing an instrument, books, puzzles or music. Always have at least one new skill under development. Learn to play a guitar, cook or dance, or do anything that seems fun and enriching. Explore the possibility of doing things alone that you usually do with other people like going to the movies (Counselling Center University of Illinois).
Take a few minutes now and make a list of a least ten things you can do alone, and a list of ten things you can keep in your home to use when you are alone.
Now go back to your “Exercise, Recreation and Social Activities Plan” at the end of Chapter 5, and add these activities.