My 8 benefits of spending time alone


It we are not with others, we are texting, phoning and scrolling but spending some time with yourself can reap enormous benefits.

In this pro-social world, we are strongly influenced in favour of being with people, or at least constantly interacting with others, through social media or other electronic ways. We are always going somewhere, doing something, or at least chatting to someone about going somewhere or doing something.

So if you are looking to do more solo things, then here are 10 benefits of spending time alone:

1) There is no pressure as to how well you perform.

When you are alone you can take time to become involved in activities that you really enjoy with no pressure as to how well you perform them or how accomplished you are. The joy is in the doing, in the experiencing and in your own inner enjoyment of expressing yourself.

2) Gear down, refresh and get ready to tackle the world.

We live in a very hectic world. Stress and stress related illness is at an all-time high. Spending time on your own allows you to gear down, refresh and be more ready to tackle the outside world when you re-emerge.

3) Quiet time can help you sort through problems.

Just sitting down, taking deep breaths and just being still to think through a problem, thinking about what caused it and how best to resolve it can result in very effective solutions. But even if a solution is not forthcoming, just having taken the time to think things through and to understand the problem more thoroughly can bring peace and a certain courage to carry on.

4) Get a better understanding of yourself.

Do you truly know yourself? Do you feel you really understand who you are? What you really want?

Most people do not. While spending more time alone may not bring you the complete answer to this question, it can certainly give you a much better understanding of how you truly feel about things going on in your life.

You can discover more of your abilities, your passions, your interests and even your dislikes. You get a feel for yourself, who you are and where you fit in the world. This brings self-confidence.

5) You may find a new best friend.

Contentment with life is strongly based on contentment with who you are. If you spend time alone, you find out more about yourself.

If you really dig down and get to know yourself thoroughly, and to enjoy who you are, your interactions with the world will work out better too because when you know and like who you are as a person it shows through everything you do and say. It is a very attractive quality.

6) Become more relaxed and tolerant.

Do you sometimes feel irritable and get easily annoyed with people? Do you find a great many “jerks” around you at times?

The more annoying people appear to you, and more of them there are, the more you could benefit from some time on your own. You cannot change the world; you cannot change what other people say or do. But you can change your perspective on them. After some calm, peaceful time on your own doing whatever pleases you, or doing nothing at all, you will find the annoyances in life shrink dramatically because you are now relaxed and more tolerant.

7) Explore the possibilities for your life.

You can explore the possibilities for your life. What would you like to achieve or do? How can you go about it? What do you need to do to be able to start? Think things through. Allow your mind to wander. Do not relegate anything as impossible.

Just keep on thinking about what would give you the most satisfaction, the most joy. What is that? Take time alone to look inside and ponder on what would make your life the most worth living, both for yourself and for those you love. It may be something that comes through your work or not. The important thing is that it is what brings you joy and engages your passion.

8) Enjoy time with someone amazing.

And finally, it is a great idea to spend time on your own because you are amazing and spending time with yourself is a wonderful, exhilarating, amazing thing to be able to do. Spend time alone and celebrate you.

Time by yourself can benefit you in so many ways plus making the time you spend with others more enjoyable because of being more in tune with yourself and more relaxed.

What would you enjoy doing on your own?

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