Embrace Solitude

Spirit

Last month we touted the benefits of connecting with others. But did you realize you could also benefit from spending quality time alone? We need both time with friends and alone in order to live a healthy, balanced life.

Purposeful solitude can help you:

  • Find your own voice. Tap into true feelings and get to know the real you.
  • Improve concentration and boost productivity. Removing distractions helps you focus on the task at hand.
  • Reboot your brain and unwind. Spending even just a few minutes alone can help you breathe, clear your mind, and come back refreshed.
  • Improve memory. Studies show that people form stronger memories when they experience something alone, and students who study solo are more likely to retain knowledge than those who study in groups.
  • Be more creative. Being alone with your imagination is a great way to generate out-of-the-box ideas.
  • Enhance your relationships with others. By getting to know yourself better as an individual, you can make smarter choices about who you spend your time with.

If you need help brainstorming some ideas for quality time alone, use some of ours! Try meditation. Take a walk. Pamper yourself. Go to a movie. Read. Visit a museum. Eat lunch at a park. Work out. Study clouds. Do yoga. Plant something. Rent a kayak. Journal. Stargaze. Make something crafty. Go for a drive. Listen to your favorite tunes. Bake cookies. Learn Italian. Watch the sun set.

Even when you decide to make some time for yourself, it can be difficult to FIND the time in today’s hectic world. Here are some things you can do to make sure you’re getting that one-on-none time:

  • Schedule time alone. Make an appointment for one in your calendar.
  • Get up earlier. Awaken 30-60 minutes earlier than anyone in your house and use that time to plan your day, meditate, journal or enjoy your coffee.
  • Unplug. Disconnect from things that link you to other people.
  • Close your door.
  • Use your lunchtime. Have lunch outside, go for a walk do yoga or soak up the sun.

After spending some time alone check-in with yourself. Do you feel more self-aware? Increased concentration? More relaxed? More creative? Continue to make time just for you, and learn to embrace solitude in the same way you embrace family and friends. Like all good things in life, the key is finding the right balance.