The Benefits of Solitude: A Great Chance to Entertain Yourself and Take Good Care of Yourself
Away from Rumors and Judgments
Are You Good at Entertaining Yourself? Are You Afraid of Being Alone?
Solitude can be voluntary or involuntary. Social interactions with unfriendly or offensive people can be energy-consuming. When you’re away from other people, you are away from criticism, gossip, rumors, and judgments as well. You are allowed to regain your focus.
Being alone allows you to be fully yourself without concerning people’s judgment or reaction. When I am alone, I feel relaxed. It allows our brains to unwind and relax as well.
As to my observation, loners or introverts are generally have higher standards for friendships that they are unwilling to waste their time on people they are not interested in.
Solitude Allows You to Recharge Your Energy
Being Alone Allows yourself to recharge and revitalize your mind and body. You are allowed to watch any movie, TV Series or YouTube channel you love. You are allowed to do some reading or learning. And self-improvement is able to make you feel better about yourself.
Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter explains, “Constantly being ‘on’ doesn’t give your brain a chance to rest and replenish itself. Studies found that maintaining a certain level of independence helps keep the spark alive in a relationship. Spare some time alone every single day and enjoy a period of solitude.
Whether you’re married, personal leisure time might be much limited. Steal a little time for yourself. As for myself, as I leave more time for myself to do the things I love and delete unneeded or unwanted social gatherings, I am much more satisfied with myself and happier.
Time is valuable and limited. We should not waste too time for the unimportant person or stuffs if it has nothing to do with self-survival or job.
To Be More Emotionally Independent
It’s a chance for you to be independent and more self-reliant. When you’re alone, you have to solve the problem or deal with challenges alone. You are able to arrange your time and make decisions for yourself alone.
Fully focus on your own needs. No need to Make Compromises
You can fully focus on your own needs. The best thing is you don’t have to make any compromises when you’re alone. You don’t have to make compromises for the sake of others’ needs. And I do recharge my energy by spending time alone doing the things I love.
Solitude is a true pleasure that you can totally be selfish by owning your time and spending your time arbitrarily. I am the one who tries to be considerate to people around me all the time. Thus, being alone is such a pleasure to be and I can take better care of myself.
You can fully focus on learning, job or anything without being interrupted. It is able to keep yourself clear-minded too. Thus, being alone increases productivity and work performance as well.
You are able to get more work done in a fixed limited time. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done when you’re not distracted as there are no one around.
Push you to figure about what you desire in life
According to Dr. Carter, “By spending time with yourself and gaining a better understanding of who you are and what you desire in life, you’re more likely to make better choices about who you want to be around.”
If you don’t know what you love and you don’t know how to entertain yourself, it’s a great chance for you to figure out. It’s a good chance for you to understand yourself better. Being alone is a great time to rest as well. When are alone, you are exempt from the influence of other people. Being alone allows you to re-center yourself.
There’s a Huge Difference Between loneliness and Voluntary Solitude
. There’s a myth about solitude. Solitude doesn’t mean that you’re antisocial, or lonely. Loneliness means you are unhappy about being alone.
Solitude does not necessarily have to with self-isolation or loneliness. There are people who like being alone, even enjoy it or love it. And I am one of them. Being alone, you can indulge in yourself doing things you love without taking care of the needs of others.
You own full autonomy over your time and attention. You are able to take good care of yourself. It’s great. Nevertheless, too much self-isolation might lead to a negative impact on both one’s physical and mental health.
It is said that roughly 50% of the population are classified as introverts. Generally, introverts are more likely to have social anxiety or social phobia and consequently, they are more likely to enjoy being alone without dealing with interpersonal relationships.
Better Interpersonal Relationship
Studies are now showing that people are actually more likely to come up with their best ideas on their own, rather than during group brainstorming sessions. For whatever reason, It’s good to be alone by yourself occasionally.
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