When it comes to taking care of myself I think taking some time of for a mental health day is crucial. I usually go about this by planning a single, simple activity to do and see where that takes me. Most recently I finally made a trip down to Pulau Ubin to put my birthday present to use and snap some photos with my film camera.
The sense of quiet when you are alone with your own thoughts provides clarity that I can't find elsewhere. This goes along with being comfortable eating alone, as I never got my head around why there was stigma attached to eating by yourself in the first place.
These solo adventures can be very rewarding at times. On the boat off the island, I boarded with two ladies who at first glance believed I wasn't a local. With camera slung around my neck and a backpack to match, I looked every part the student working on a project. Halfway through the ride, one of the ladies reached into her handbag for a red packet and leaned over to present it to me. She uttered a Chinese idiom wishing me success in my studies over the roar of the engine and crashing waves. Needless to say I was surprised and filled with gratitude all the same.
So having adventures on my own does come with its perks from time to time. It is something I highly treasure because some of my best ideas come when I get some time with myself.