Being lonely hurts — it can even negatively impact your health. But the mere act of being alone with oneself doesn’t have to be bad, and experts say it can even benefit your social relationships, improve your creativity and confidence, and help you regulate your emotions so that you can better deal with adverse situations.
Once you learn to enjoy being alone, you’re going to grow as a person. Choosing to spend time doing things by yourself can have mental, emotional and social benefits, but the key to reaping those positive rewards comes from choosing to spend time alone.
Here are some key benefits of being by yourself:
You get to recharge yourself.
Often times when we’re surrounded by other people, we’re expending a lot of energy. Trying to keep others happy, make them laugh, soothe their egos, read their emotions, and all of the other rigors that come along with regular interaction.
It can be mentally draining if you’re constantly connected to other people. A little alone time lets you recharge and take a break from the emotionally and mentally taxing job of constant interaction.
You can improve your mental strength.
We’re social creatures and it’s important for us to have strong connections with other people. But solitude may be just as important.
Studies show the ability to tolerate alone time has been linked to increased happiness, better life satisfaction, and improved stress management. People who enjoy alone time experience less depression.
You learn to trust yourself.
So many of us lose touch with our intuition when we stay plugged into the outside world all of the time. Spending time with yourself is a huge game-changer when it comes to developing a clear understanding of not only who you are but also of what you already know, and what’s right for you moving forward.
Alone time allows you to clear your mind and get back in touch with your intuition, inspiring more trust in yourself and in your ability to handle situations that life tosses your way in the future.
Solitude increases your productivity.
Being in the company of other people can be fun and entertaining, but it can also seriously affect your productivity. There are times when the company of other people acts as nothing more than a distraction from getting your work done.
Time spent alone can be some of the most productive time in your life—mostly because there are fewer distractions, and you can just put your head down and get to work.
You’ll stop looking for validation.
So often we feel we the need to get the “OK” from our friends and family before we take action. We constantly look to other people for advice on what we should do next.
Of course, there are times when it’s not only perfectly acceptable to ask for advice, but downright necessary. But there are also times where we’re perfectly capable of acting on our own instead of looking to others for an answer. When you start to spend more time alone, you’ll learn to trust your instincts and make decisions without any third-party validation.
You can explore your interests.
Spending time by yourself is a great way to check-in with what matters most to you! Being alone frees you up to do exactly what you want when you want. You can wear whatever you feel like wearing, eat whatever you want to eat, and devote your time and attention to hobbies that are meaningful to you, allowing you the grace to cultivate happiness in your own life!
Being alone helps you become more comfortable in your own skin. When you’re by yourself, you can make choices without outside influences.