Research actually shows that by spending time on your own, you will:
- Get to know yourself - Really feeling comfortable in your own skin and in-touch with yourself. You aren’t influenced by society, friends, work or social media.
- Increase productivity - According to loads of studies, humans actually are more productive with privacy.
- Get your creative juices flowing - Giving your mind a chance to wander can really pump up those creative engines.
- Build mental strength - Even though having social contact is really important, solitude can actually increase happiness, allow for better satisfaction and improve satisfaction.
- Increase planning - Time alone can really make you ensure that there’s purpose in your life. Why do you live such a busy life? What’s the purpose of that?
- Increase empathy - When you’re separated from people, it can really make you re-connect with people that you wouldn’t normally connect with.
If you really think about it, how many times have you longed for a break? Just a few months ago, I was craving a week in the woods to write, train and just enjoy some time on my own……although the current situation wasn’t quite what I was thinking.
It’s important to realise that appreciating your own company is not the same as appreciating being lonely. In the age of social media and support, there’s no reason for you to be lonely. Remember to reach out if you are feeling lonely.
Some people really struggle with the lack of stimuli, which is present with social interactions. Being alone can really be a great time for you to have freedom to be yourself, without social or societal pressure. This is also your opportunity to get some really great planning and training done. You can use this time to revaluate your friendships, work, values and other life factors.
Ultimately, you must treat yourself how you would like others to treat you. Start by just taking some time to appreciate yourself. Run yourself a bath, do some reading or explore a new interest. If you find yourself having wandering thoughts, writing them down can really help- blogging, writing or whatever makes you happy. Try to avoid distractions such as your phone when taking time to appreciate your own company.
If you aren’t used to being on your own company, it can feel very strange and scary but this could be the start to becoming a better you! Make the most of it!
Teacher of Mathematics from Basingstoke
Age group: 25-29