8 Reasons You Need To Take Time to Be Alone
As social human beings, which we are by nature, in some stages of our life, we dedicate too much time when it comes to sharing experiences and emotions with the people we love.
But within that precious group, we tend to forget the main person: ourselves. From time to time, it is important to remember that we need to spend time in solitude and thereby find ourselves.
“The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-
1. Solitude purifies our minds
The excess of information through our day coming from our loved ones, work, friends, information media, and simply ourselves can impact our body in a less-than-healthy way.
Due to this, it is recommendable for us to enjoy some moments of solitude throughout the day to allow ourselves the chance to set aside that overload of worries and reconnect to ourselves, allowing us to rest for a moment.
2. Creativity is born of peace and tranquility
Feeling at peace when we find ourselves faced with solitude allows us to expand our minds and free our human talents. Solitude allows us to create and have fun by ourselves. Solitude is the true origin of creativity.
3. Your confidence is strengthened in solitude
There is nothing that helps boost confidence more than listening to our own inner voice and analyzing the pros and cons based on our own experience in life. If we stop and take a moment, we can listen to ourselves and figure out what our needs are or how we find ourselves.
4. You improve your decision-making skills
When you are alone, you step away from the outside world for a few moments, from the worries and emotions of your surroundings, which makes it easier to feel much more serene and tranquil in order to make decisions that are good for your person. And surely also accomplish something fascinating: seeing the problem from another, totally different side that is full of positive options.
“Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone and leave it alone.”
-Thomas De Quincey-
5. You leave behind stress and anxiety
When we are alone, we are able to organize our thoughts and regain the strength we need to recover after a day filled with energy and emotional drain.
Solitude will help you understand what you need and what you can let go of in order to achieve emotional stability.
6. It increases your efficiency in what you are doing
Surely you have often felt the need to ask for space and solitude to take care of a task. Taking time alone, allows you to clear up your thoughts, create a plan of action, and determine the steps towards your dreams. The perfect ingredients for successfully carrying out your goals.
7. It strengthens your relationships
It is a fact that our loved ones do not need our constant attention every day.
We could summarize this with the principle of life: “First you must learn to love ourselves in order to learn to love another unique, extraordinary human being.” Having time and dedication for your own person will allow you to enjoy those emotions with the people you love.
8. It allows you to see the authentic and precious face of your life
I learned something enormous in my moments of solitude where I was listening to my heart and feeling my soul, my essence. Being alone allows you to find yourself, to find that ever-so-marvelous magic that each of us has within us as splendid human beings.
I invite you to try it out yourself, to dare to take a step into the unknown if you still have not tested the value of silence with yourself, without anything else. You and you alone…
“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”
Images courtesy of Soledad Mansilla