You know what I mean. The feeling that everyone is looking at you because you’re eating solo. Sometimes it can be hard to accept the fact that you have to do some things alone. I’m guilty of staying in because I didn’t want to go somewhere alone. But think about all of the amazing opportunities you might be missing out on by not going! You might miss out on finding a fab new restaurant, meeting someone new, or getting to pat a cute dog!
The fear of eating alone is real, and it resonates with nearly every single person that I asked. So to help you get over your fear, and to convince myself that eating alone is perfectly normal and acceptable; here are 5 tips on how to go out to eat by yourself without feeling awkward.
1. Take something to read
This is my top tip to ease the awkwardness. Take a book, or your phone. Maybe you could even pick up the newspaper on the way. This keeps your hands and your mind occupied while you boost your brain power with a coffee and breakfast!
2. Strike up a conversation with a stranger
As I’ve gotten older, I find it harder to make friends. My routine is the same every day and I rarely come across new people, unless I’m glaring at them from the car, for cutting me off. So strike up a conversation with a stranger. You might make a new friend, learn something new or it might turn out you’re not eating by yourself anymore!
3. Sit by the window and people watch
People watching is one of my favourite pass times. Grab a seat by the window and watch as people pass. Aside from helping you not feel awkward it can also inspire new outfits, help creative mind flow and of course, you get to sip a coffee.
4. Take something to write on
Often great ideas strike us when we are alone with our own thoughts. So take something to write on and brainstorm all of those million dollar ideas that come when the mind is quiet. I get the best ideas in the shower. It’s the one time during the day when I’m 100% alone with my own thoughts. Eating by yourself is kind of like being in the shower. Except it’s between you and the food, not you and the shower.
5. Do some life admin
You know that thing that you’ve been putting off forever? Do it while you have some time to yourself! Whether it’s lodging your tax, getting down to the nitty gritty of your budget, or planning the details of your next trip, solo meals are a great place to do some life admin! Time to yourself, undisturbed, while someone else cooks your food… Sounds like heaven to me!