Many people assume that solitude is a state of loneliness, but this is, in fact, a misunderstood concept. Solitude is perhaps one of the best ways a person can find happiness and inner peace. Not only does it restore balance to your life, but it also helps alleviate depression. The people who enjoy purposeful or voluntary solitude also experience numerous cognitive benefits, such as enhanced concentration and creativity. They spend time alone because they know how beneficial it can be.
Here then, are 7 reasons which highlight how solitude can be good for you too:
1. It Gives You a Chance to Slow Down & Recharge
Daily responsibilities can create feelings of discomfort and anger in a person and can also create what seems like undefeatable obstacles to a serene solitude. However, when you are away from work, people, technology, daily responsibilities, and the countless distractions of daily life, you can finally take some time to breathe, and just be yourself for once. You can use your time alone as an opportunity to clear your mind and get back in touch with yourself.
2. It Helps You Make Better Decisions
A busy, confused mind will lead you to make decisions you would regret in the future. However, those who take a day out of their busy schedules once a week for solitude gain the opportunity to restore, refresh, revitalize their mind, and this allows them to gain numerous benefits in the physical, emotional, and mental spheres of life. A little “alone” time is all you need to get back on track, think clearly and feel better about yourself. A clear mind allows you to make better decisions and helps you determine what changes you need to make which would be good for your present and future.
3. It Can Alleviate Depression
Solitude benefits the body, mind and spirit. Quiet times alone can help you get back in touch with yourself and release stress that afflicts both your body and mind. While many people believe loneliness is one of the main causes of depression, studies show that adolescents who spend time in solitude can actually beat depression. A study in the late 90s found that although adolescents didn’t describe solitude as a positive experience, many reported to have experienced feelings of comfort and happiness afterwards.
4. It Can Increase Your Self-Esteem and Confidence
As time passes and you enjoy spending time alone, you will be able to build a better relationship with yourself. Voluntary solitude is the best way to remember all the things that make you awesome and get back in touch with your feelings. Tackle your fear of being alone and experience a boost in your self-esteem and confidence.
5. It Is Actually Fun
Once you get used to and more comfortable with the idea of spending time alone, doing activities like watching a movie, hiking, or shopping by yourself can actually be enjoyable. You will be able to do whatever you want, anyway you want, and anytime you want, without having to worry about others’ preferences, expectations, schedule, or happiness. You may also find spending some time alone every week or every afternoon to do something you love actually therapeutic and comforting.
6. It Can Improve Your Focus and Memory
For teenagers who need to study a lot, solitude is the best way to improve concentration and memory. Recent studies showed that students who study alone are more likely to succeed as compared to students who study in groups. For adults who are working day and night, voluntary solitude seems to help improve focus in different areas of work.
7. It Can Boost Your Creativity
Allowing time for a little reflective thought and clearing out distractions is a great way to improve your creativity. Spending time alone oftentimes allows you to think outside-the-box and enables you to come up with great ideas which you could use to make life better for yourself. For teenagers, creativity is an important factor when working on school projects and presentations.
So, now that you are familiar with these 7 reasons solitude can be good for you, take out time for yourself and spend some “alone” time to benefit from a much clearer and refresh mind.
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