It's so easy for us get caught up with too much work, after-work activities, kid stuff, errands, birthday parties, and the list goes on. What do they all have in common? People. Oh yeah, there are people everywhere we go and everywhere we look.
It may be hard avoiding interaction with people, but studies have shown that it's worth the effort since getting away from people and being alone can do us so much good. One study that was published in 2003, titled, Solitude: An Exploration of Benefits of Being Alone examined some of its benefits which include freedom, creativity, intimacy, and spirituality.
Here are 4 reasons why alone time is good for your health and well-being.
1) Your interpersonal relationships will improve.
When we're solo, we are able to calm our mind and get ourselves into a relaxed state. As a result, we're less irritable at those pesky little things that bother us and more importantly, we're more tolerant and patient with people. Solo time also helps us broaden our perspective, which enables us to become more empathetic towards others. We're more caring and understanding with people and thus our relationships slowly begin to improve.
2) Your self-awareness increases.
When we're not being a total busy body and we eliminate all the external noise and distractions, the gazillion thoughts we have per minute begin to slow down. If we're able to achieve silence while meditating, for example, we're able to unveil our thoughts and emotions. Isolation and silence helps to set us back into the present moment where we are in a better position to reflect on our inner self.
3) Your creative juices begin to flow.
Yup, doing nothing by yourself and allowing your mind to wander can actually help you tap into all your past ideas and emotions causing you to spark up insight on matters that effect you personally. When you're doing solo activities such as while walking alone, it gives you the opportunity to discover yourself and find your own voice. It does sound a bit contradictory, however, many inventions and business ideas have come about during moments like these.
4) You'll become more mindful.
When there's no one else around, it gives you a chance to think about your own thoughts and not someone else's. You're able to become aware of your present experience as you live and breathe in that particular moment. You not only begin to feel the connection with your inner being but you also feel the connection with your body, the environment including our earth, and the universe.
So, make that extra effort to get away from all the people out there. It may take some sacrifice and getting used to, but as you will soon find out, it's definitely worth the effort.