We could all do with spending a little more time alone. Spending time by yourself is a wonderful way to have a break from a culture that emphasises staying connected and building up your database of ‘friends’. So, sometimes all you need is to close yourself off from the world and enjoy your own company, for your wellbeing. Here are five great reasons.
1. You clear your mind
Taking time to be alone with your thoughts goes a long way in helping you recharge. If we’re constantly surrounded by distractions – family and friends, work, the internet – we’re not giving our minds the chance to rest.
It’s helpful to look inwardly and check in with yourself from time to time. Ask yourself: How do you feel today? What would make you feel contented? Or try reading a book, taking a walk or doing a puzzle.
2. You get to choose
When you’re by yourself, you control the reins. If you want to run a bath and read for an hour, you can. If you want to go shopping and take your time browsing every shop, you can do that too.
You’re allowed to be selfish with your alone time – especially if you feel like you’re stretching yourself thinly across too many people on other days. It’s your time and you’re allowed to do as you wish with it – without feeling guilty. Work on your hobbies, have a long, luxurious lunch out, or spend the whole day watching your favourite TV show.
3. You increase your productivity
Switching off from daily distractions and interruptions helps you to work more efficiently. Sometimes, all you need to get the job done is to turn off the TV, shut down your phone and focus on a single task until it’s finished. This will give you a larger sense of accomplishment and productivity. When your mind can fixate on one task, you’re likely to concentrate better, learn more and repeat the process next time around.
4. You feel independent
Being alone gives you a strong sense of being capable. You can take care of and entertain yourself – you aren’t relying on friends or your partner to keep you company. Spending time alone means feeling comfortable going out for lunch by yourself or spending time at home watching a movie, baking or doing work in the garden. It’s therapeutic to know that you don’t need others to accomplish daily tasks.
5. Your relationships improve
How many times have you walked away from an argument to be alone and returned with a clearer perspective? Time alone helps us think through problems and gain a clearer understanding of our feelings and those of others. If you’re spending time by yourself and gaining a better idea of who you are and what you want, you’ll make better decisions when you’re with others – and appreciate them more.
Do you make sure to give yourself alone time? What things do you like to do by yourself?