Spending time around people is one of the things that make humans happy. Humans are innately social creatures, so they find joy in being with others. You learn new things and take on new habits from the interesting people with whom you surround yourself. Indeed, you can expect to experience happiness when you are around the people in your life.
And yet, too much time spent with people can also be harmful. Sadly, the digital space has put more pressure on people to be connected 24/7. The hustle that you do daily, not to mention social media's noise, can make you feel worn out. Ironically, it leaves you feeling lonelier than ever.
Have you ever imagined spending your Friday night alone in your room? At this point in your life, the thought of it scares you. Solitude is not something that you welcome in your life, considering how being surrounded by people makes you happy.
And yet, the bliss of solitude is something that every person should experience. Isolation has become an essential component of your overall well-being. Simply put, spending some time alone, without active digital space activity, can help you grow as a person.
Therapists have a hard time selling the idea to their patients. After all, people rarely talk about the benefits of solitude, let alone think about it. People who go to therapy define themselves often as lonely, and the thought of spending more time alone makes them feel even worse.
People have associated solitude with loneliness, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes, the noise from the world is what makes you lonely. And it is only in spiritual solitude do you find comfort in knowing that you have yourself together no matter what.
If only people worked on building solitude into their lives, they would be able to reduce their feelings of loneliness.
Taking time out for yourself may not be what you are used to, but over time, you will eventually grow comfortable with the idea of it. You will discover a lot about yourself. You will be able to understand how you feel and take it to a whole new level.
There are so many reasons why you should be spending time alone. Getting rid of feelings of loneliness is just one part of it. Perhaps it is the essential aspect of your being that is often overlooked.
Did you know that spending time with yourself helps strengthen your mental health? In more ways than one, solitude has its ways of helping you become a better version of yourself.
If you are wondering how solitude can change your life, here are some ways it does its magic.
When you spend time with yourself, you are able to make choices and decisions that are independent of other people's opinions. Making difficult decisions on your own allows you to gain insight into the person that you are.
When you choose to spend time alone, you are choosing to not worry about how others might feel. Being alone will help you grow comfortable with who you are. After all, the more you know yourself, the more likely you will be authentic to yourself, even if you are around people.
Spending a lot of time with family and friends can actually do more harm than good when it comes to the relationship you're building with them. It creates a kind of mentality where you always compare your thoughts and decisions with their opinion of things.
The more you discover how different you are from them, the more you develop less empathy with them. But if you want to strengthen your relationship with those you care about, give yourself some time alone. Several studies show that you are likely to develop more compassion for others when you spend more time in solitude.
Instead of comparing yourself to them, you end up seeing things from a new perspective. This allows you to shed a different light on their situation, extending patience and understanding.
There is a very good reason why artists and musicians like to spend time alone when they are trying to create something. The private space and quiet time allow them to explore their creative side. Being alone fosters a kind of creativity that cannot be developed when you are always around people.
Did you know that spending time alone can boost your productivity too? People tend to perform better and produce more when they are working alone. While getting help from your colleagues can definitely help, it is best to explore what you can come up with on your own. You'll be surprised at the ideas you can develop when you are alone with your thoughts.
How much time do you need to spend with yourself? It does not matter how long or short the time is; it is the quality of the time you spend with yourself that's more important. Start by giving yourself ten minutes every day.
Spend this good ten minutes sorting your thoughts together and putting your feelings in place. Sometimes, all you need after a long day is some time to help the mind and the body to rejuvenate.
Whether you decide to spend it meditating, writing in your journal, or spending time in nature, you help yourself become the best you can be. Be alone with your thoughts and feel every moment of it.
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