Benefits of Solitude
In our ultra-connected world, the concept of solitude is difficult for a lot of people. Sure, you are alone. There is no one else with you. That doesn’t mean you are alone. Is your phone in your hand? Lots of people when they are alone are still interacting with others albeit from a distance.
What is solitude? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, solitude is “the quality or state of being alone or remote from society.” The importance of solitude can’t be ignored. Without it, you can’t take the time to get to know yourself, explore changes that you would like to implement, or make progress towards a better you.
Without solitude, you will begin to feel overwhelmed and exhausted.
5 Key Benefits of Solitude:
- Decompression. Your brain is on constant overload from being bombarded with stimuli. It needs the opportunity to rest and reload. Taking this time to unwind and clear your mind will allow you to have better focus, to be less stressed, and to be better equipped to handle the bumps along the road.
- Deep thinking. Deep thinking gives you time to establish and/or reflect on your values and beliefs; to identify your needs, wants, and desires. With this time, you will be able to discover or re-discover yourself.
- Creation. Solitude provides you with time to create. Different types of creation could be writing, painting, pottery, poetry, scrapbooking, or any other form of art that you can think of.
- Reflection. The time to reflect on the things you’ve experienced and to come to terms with or learn from those experiences.
- Enhanced concentration and focus. You will be able to solve problems that previously would have been too daunting to tackle. Like how to clean hot chocolate out of your carpet or chewing gum out of your son’s hair.
Do you take the time to truly unplug? Go without your phone. Spend time with yourself only? It’s okay to be alone.
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