Make Time for Solitude
In a previous post, I spoke on the benefits of solitude.
As a quick recap, I will summarize the 5 Key Benefits of Solitude.
- Deep thinking.
- Enhance concentration and focus.
As a mother, there are probably limited times that you are alone. Even when you’re asleep, someone is likely invading your private sanctum with a midnight request for a drink, a snuggle in the night, a calm-down from a nightmare, a growth-spurt leg cramp that needs massaged, or a coughing fit that lasts an hour.
At this point, you’ve been inundated with stimulation from all corners of your life: your children, your significant other, your boss, your social media accounts, etc.
How can you gain precious time to spend with yourself in solitude? It might not be as hard as you think.
- Get up early.
- Stay up late.
- Get a sitter.
- Leave the kids at daycare or school and take the afternoon off.
- If your children are older, set the timer for 15 minutes and tell them your going to be in your bedroom. Or the bathroom. Or the garage! And as long as no one is bleeding, they are to leave you alone. Actually, the amount of blood could be up for debate.
- Turn on a movie and give the kiddos a snack.
- If you work, shut the door and sit in silence. Do some deep breathing.
Now that you’ve carved out that time, what are you going to do with it? The list of things that you could do to appreciate yourself and disconnect from everyone is countless. However, it is important to focus on those things that bring you joy.
Has it been so long that you’ve forgotten what you like to do? I’ll throw out some activities that I enjoy doing that might interest you.
10 Solitude Activities
- Bubble Bath
- Crossword Puzzles or Sudoku
- Enjoying Nature
- Playing with a Pet
Bet you had no idea that #10 would make the list!
How do you carve out time for yourself? What do you do with your time for solitude?
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