There is a world of difference loneliness and solitude. Solitude is a choice that provides freedom and space from the demands of everyday life and the interruptions created by others. Spending time alone is good for us. It does not mean that we are antisocial, depressed, or mentally ill. There are almost countless benefits to spending time alone on a regular basis.
Social media, while making some of us feel more connected, has made it much more challenging to spend time alone. Even when we are alone, we feel the tug of needing to check in with the rest of the world.
One thing is for sure. If you want to spend more time by yourself, only you can make it happen. Take some time each day and enjoy a period of quite and solitude.
The benefits of spending time with yourself:
1. Being alone provides the space we need to think deeply.
- After a busy day, it is necessary to take a break to give our brains a chance to delve deeper into our thoughts.
- Getting things done is important, but spending time in thought is equally as important.
- This solitude also gives us an opportunity e to be more creative.
2. We learn to be more self-reliant.
- When we are alone, there is no one else around to lend a hand or do things for us.
- We must learn to solve challenges ourselves and figure out how to entertain ourselves.
- We also have to make decisions by ourselves. This can be challenging if we are used to depending on others most of the time, but it becomes easier with practice.
3. For those who are introverted, some alone time is necessary for happiness.
- We introverts recharge our energy by spending time alone.
- Solitude is a true pleasure for an introvert. It is often those rare instances we can feel truly relaxed.
4. Being alone is a great time to catch up on much needed rest.
- Our minds and bodies have a better opportunity to rest when we are away from other people.
- We can 100% ourselves.
- We can clear our minds and regain our focus.
5. Time alone time can be a significant part of managing our mental health.
- Some studies have shown that teenagers and adults that have a moderate amount of alone time enjoy better mental health than those that spend significantly more or less time alone.
6. When we are alone, we feel in more control.
- We can spend our time exactly the way we choose.
- The TV remote is under our complete control.
- We can eat what we want, go shopping where we desire, or watch the movie of our choosing.
- There are no compromises when we are alone.
7. We can get more stuff done.
- People can be another form of distraction.
- We will face fewer requests and interruptions during our alone time.
8. We learn more about ourselves.
- By spending time alone, we have more of an opportunity to examine our thoughts.
- We can give more serious consideration to what we want and need in our lives.
- We can be a better employee, colleague, friend, and family member when we understand ourselves better.
9. Solitude can provide clarity.
- Life and other people can taint sometimes taint our view of the world.
- We are freer from the influence of others when we are on our own.
- Modern life tends to drive an external perspective.
- Solitude provides an opportunity to re-center ourselves, look deeper inside, and view life from a more personal perspective.
Regularly spending time alone is good for us: mind, soul, and body.
If you are not spending any time by yourself, work at finding ways to capture a few minutes for yourself every day.
Consider waking up just a bit earlier.
Try eating lunch alone once in a while.
Go for a walk by yourself during your break at work.
You schedule other all you other activities. Schedule time each day to spend by yourself. You will feel better about yourself and life, and you will find that you can be more productive by taking a short break from life’s distractions.