In today’s world, we do not seem to spend any time alone doing nothing and enjoying our own presence. We are constantly being surrounded by people and distracting ourselves in many different ways, just so we do not experience a moment of aloneness.
Our minds are constantly on ‘on’ mode, so we rarely give our brains a chance to rest and replenish themselves. But, the truth is that spending time alone, with no distractions, is one of the most powerful ways to disconnect from the distractions around us and tune into and reconnect with ourselves. It also enables us to think more clearly, focus, and revitalize our bodies and minds.
So, it is important to understand that spending time alone is not a waste of time—it is actually good for your relationships, your productivity, and your physical and mental health.
11 Reasons Why You Need to Spend Time Alone:
– You will take an emotional break and recharge
Constantly being surrounded by others can be mentally exhausting and it can drain your energy. Constantly being “on” does not give your brain the opportunity to rest and replenish itself. But, by spending time alone, with no distractions, you can take an emotional break and recharge. It lets you clear your mind, reboot your brain, unwind, and think more clearly.
– You will find yourself; get a better idea of what makes you sad, angry and happy; and discover what you want out of life
You do not often get a chance to reflect on your own life because you are so busy involved in other people’s lives. But, taking time for yourself can help you find yourself; get a better idea of what makes you sad, angry and happy; and discover what you want out of life. You cannot identify who you truly are if you are just another nameless face in the crowd. So, going to a restaurant by yourself, travelling alone, or doing anything that gives you the chance to spend time with yourself can help you get in touch with your genuine identity—apart from what your family, partner or friends think you should be. This means that it can help you identify who you are and what’s really important to you.
– You will begin to do things you find enjoyable
Constantly being surrounded by others can make you keep them happy all the time and do things you dislike. It can also prevent you from doing things you find enjoyable. But, taking time for yourself gives you the freedom to do what you really want to do, with no restrictions, and no one to say ‘Oh no, it is silly’.
– You will begin to appreciate your relationships
Being alone enables you to appreciate yourself and improve the quality of your relationships with others. By spending time alone and gaining a better understanding of who you truly are and what you want out of life, you can definitely make better choices about who you want to be around and begin to appreciate your relationships.
– You will stop apologizing for what you do
You tend to do things that upset others, or hurt their feelings, and you probably apologize for it. But, it isn’t the case when you spend time alone. Taking time for yourself removes all the pressure and you stop second guessing yourself. It teaches you that solitude means you do not have to always apologize for what you do.
– You will become more tolerant and relaxed
Chances are you get easily annoyed and feel irritable when surrounded by others. But, spending time alone can teach you that you can’t change what they say or do, and that you can only change your own reaction to it. So, by spending some calm, peaceful time on your own doing what you truly enjoy or even doing nothing at all you can become more tolerant and relaxed.
– You will begin to listen to your gut instinct and make your own decisions
Perhaps you often feel the need to get approval from your family or friends before taking action. And you often look to them for advice on your next move. We aren’t trying to say that asking for advice isn’t a good idea, but that there’re plenty of times you are more than capable of acting on your own. Taking time for yourself teaches you to listen to your gut instinct and make your own decisions without seeking validation from others.
– You will begin to solve your problems more effectively
Your unconscious mind requires solitude to process and unravel problems. Even though practice enhances your performance, information feeds you, and other people inspire you, you need alone time to clear your mind, figure things out, emerge with new discoveries, and solve problems more effectively.
– You will become more creative
Daily commitments and responsibilities may make your to-do list seem as though it has no end. The constant motion keeps you from engaging in deep thought, thus inhibiting your creativity. So, being alone can boost your creativity and you can begin to come up with creative ideas.
– You will become more productive
Being surrounded by others can be fun and entertaining, but it can also have a negative impact on your productivity. The presence of other people may distract you from getting things done. This means that you are most productive when you spend time alone.
– You will feel happier and calmer
Spending some time on your own enables you to focus on your own feelings and thoughts — and nobody else’s. It’s actually a form of self-care. By practicing self-care on a regular basis you can feel happier and calmer.
According to mental health professionals, you should spend at least half an hour on a daily basis doing something for yourself. And once you begin to spend more time alone, you will be amazed by the results.