There are many benefits to enjoying a meal alone. There is ample time for reflection, it allows you to take a break, there’s a chance to meet new people and you have total control of where you go and what you do. However, there is a stigma attached to going out and eating alone. There is a general assumption made that a person dining by themselves is lonely or fallen on hard times. As a result, people who may want to eat by themselves in public refrain from doing so. Nevertheless, there are ways to deal with this.
Forget what others might think
People will always have their own opinions about everything. You are enjoying a meal in your own company, so focus on that. Choose to concentrate on your own enjoyment, without making assumptions about what others might or might not be thinking of you.
When choosing to dine by yourself, booking a table for one can seem daunting. If facing someone in person seems too awkward, choose to book online. Many restaurants do so nowadays, and it takes away a personal interaction that you may find overwhelming.
Eat at the bar
If you want to meet new people, eating at the bar will give you a good chance of that. You may come across some like minded customers or strike up a conversation with the person behind the bar. In contrast, there are many bars with TVs or entertainment nights if you just want to keep to yourself.
Bring a book
There can be an overwhelming temptation to get stuck on your phone. Eating alone is a chance to take a break from anything else in your life and for you to enjoy some peace on your own terms. Taking a book will help you keep preoccupied if you don’t feel like talking to anyone, and there’s no distraction of a glaring screen.
Savour the meal
When people go out for dinner, there can be the temptation to rush through to move onto the next thing. Another benefit of dining alone is that there are no distractions, so you can eat at your own pace. You can focus on the taste of the food and how enjoy your meal. You can also take in the surroundings and the people you are sharing the space with. It’s an excellent way of practicing mindfulness and being in the mo