In today’s constantly connected world, finding peace has become elusive. This is not helped by Western culture which symbolizes solitude with lonely, sad or antisocial behavior.
Psychologists define “solitude” as the state of being physically alone with no one else to communicate with — not to be confused with loneliness, or the feeling of being disconnected from others and longing for connection.Seeking alone time can actually be quite healthy. In fact, there are many physical and psychological benefits to spending time alone such as
1.It allows you to restart your mind:
Constantly being with people forces you to think about their opinionsand you have to mould yourself to others perceptions.When you’re a part of a crowd, you get influenced by others which might not be aligned by your own thinking.
Being by yourself with no disruptions gives you the opportunity to clear your head, concentrate, and think more clearly. It does the job of a Red bull by revitalizing your mind and body at once!
2.Solitude helps to increase productivity.
When you are bogged by work andother commitments, your to-do list can never seem to end. This constant movement thwarts you from engaging in deep thought, thus decreasing productivity.When you try to be alone for a while, you will be able to concentrate, getting more work done in the process.
Sociological research by Richard Arum and JosipaRoksa shows that students who study alone can retain more information than those who revise in study groups. This leads to a belief that solitary reflection can improve concentration and performance.
3.You learn to be independent
Independence is a virtue and a basic requirement, no country or an organization or a citizen would want to lose it. Independence of mind can lead to fulfillment of goals. Once you stop depending on people for your happiness, you can do anything you set your mind to.
4.You will be able to solve problems more effectively.
It’s hard to think of operative solutions to issues when you’re sidetracked by information from so many avenues of life.
5. It makes you enjoy your relationships with others.
Like a dying man appreciates life after he recovers, you also may come to enjoy your relationships with people around you after you’ve spent some time alone. You will have the experience of two extremes- being alone and socializing.
Also by spending time alone will make you more understanding of who you are and this enables you to decide better the people who should be in your social circle.
6. It helps you own your happiness
We see so many women even today who depend on their significant others for their happiness. Why should you place such a heavy burden on your partner? Is it okay relying on somebody else? Absolutely not, as you only become helpless. You should be in charge of your happiness and you should pursue it in your tim, your way by yourself.
In the end, the value of solo time depends on the individual. One person’s lame Friday night in may be another’s ideal opportunity to turn up the Tiffany.
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