Today’s world is all about
connectivity. Even when we finish our day and retire to the comfort of our own
home, the connectivity continues. Phone calls, text messages, Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder. It never seems to end. Seeking solitude has become
a lost habit and spending quiet time, alone, is not common in today’s society, instead
it’s an art associated with people who are antisocial or sad. However, there
are MANY benefits of spending time alone.
Being on your own allows for time to replenish your mind. Being around people all day offers tumultuous distractions to your train of thought. Constant texting or talking can be exhausting. Clearing your mind and taking quiet time is only possible through isolating it from all interruptions.
Solving problems becomes a difficult task when there are too many opinions being fed to you. Having the time to think for yourself without input from others is a great way to prevent making cloudy decisions that you wouldn’t normally make without information from others.
The more time you spend on your own, the less your thoughts and behaviours will
be influenced by others. You are making decisions based on your own likes and
dislikes. You think more deeply about things on your own, and you are not part
of a group that will tell you how to feel, you feel things on your own and
interpret these thoughts in your own way.
4. Plan Your Life
Alone time gives us the opportunity to realise our life’s purpose and the path we want to walk. Without confusing and often conflicting input from others, we can set goals and plan ways we wish to achieve them. Our long-time plans will reflect our true desires if they are made in solitude.
5. Build Stronger Relationships
After spending time alone, we have a better understanding of who we are and what we want. Who we surround ourselves with will therefore be those people who fit into our lives based on this understanding.
6. Sparks Creative Thinking
Creative minds often come to life
when they are isolated. For example, a music artist will often produce their best
work when spending some alone time or after a heart break, which would assumingly
translate to a time they are alone. It gives the mind a chance to go places it
wouldn’t normally go when distracted.
This one is a no brainer, being alone means there is no one around to start talking about your weekend plans with when you have a deadline in an hour. Open planned offices are thought to cater to easy, work- related communication and encourage the creative juices to start flowing, however this is not always the case.
If you don’t think you spend enough quiet time alone, these benefits should be enough to make you want to make it a priority moving forward. Physiologically and emotionally, spending some time in solitude will help you to think clearer and make decisions that will ultimately benefit your life.
16 Feb 2018