(LifeHack) A lot of people tend to view “being alone” as boring. They think it means they’re anti-social or unwanted. The reality is, being alone definitely isn’t a bad thing. Once you embrace solitude, plenty of benefits begin to surface. I’m not saying you need to go live in the woods and abandon society; no one can argue the benefits and the fun that come along with fulfilling relationships. What I am saying, is that once you learn to enjoy your alone time, you’ll be begin to grow as a person.
Here are ten amazing thing that will happen once you start to embrace being alone:
1. You get to recharge.
Being surrounded by other people drains us of our energy. We have to keep others happy, make them laugh, read their emotions, etc. It can be mentally exhausting to be constantly connected with others. Alone time lets you take an emotional break and recharge.
2. You get more time to reflect.
Life is constantly moving at 1000 miles per hour. We have to act fast and it can often be a challenge to find some time to sit and reflect on your life. Being alone gives you a great chance for some self-reflection. You don’t have to process the thoughts and feelings of others and it gives you time to focus inwards.
3. You get to know your own emotions.
Once again, if you’re always surrounded by other people, you constantly have to read and cater to their emotions. Leaving you with no time to keep up with your own. Being alone can give you a better perspective of your own emotions. You’ll get a better idea of what makes you sad, what upsets you, and what makes you happy. Once you know these things, it becomes a lot easier to regulate yourself.
4. You’ll begin doing things you’re actually interested in.
When surrounded by other people, you have to make compromises to figure out ways that the entire group can enjoy an activity. Usually, the things you want most, are not always what the group wants. Being alone gives you the freedom to do what you truly want to do.
5. You’ll be far more productive.
The company of other people is without a doubt entertaining and fun, but it also drastically effects your productivity. Oftentimes, the presence of other people merely distracts you from getting things done. Alone time is when you’re most productive. Less distractions.
6. Relationship will become even more enjoyable.
If you’re able to spend time alone on a regular basis, you’ll eventually begin to enjoy it. You’ll also notice you enjoy your relationships with others even more! This is because the time you spend alone, gives you a greater appreciation for yourself and others.
7. You’ll become more independent.
If you enjoy being alone, you’ll feel more confident in your actual ability to be alone. Which in turn, will naturally make you more independent. You won’t feel a burning desire for company, or anxiety from being alone.
8. You don’t have to constantly keep other people happy.
Life is loaded with various relationships. Most of these relationships are maintained when both parties remain happy. This can become extremely draining depending on who the relationship is with. Once you’re alone, the only person’s happiness you have to be concerned with is your own.
9. You don’t have to apologize for anything.
When you begin to embrace your alone time, you’ll rapidly learn that solitude means you don’t have to constantly apologize for what you’ve just done. We tend to do things that upset other people, or hurt their feelings, and we quickly have to apologize for it. This is not the case when you’re alone. Being alone removes all the pressure. You can stop second guessing yourself.
10. You’ll stop requiring validation.
A lot of the times we feel the need to get approval from our friends and family before taking action. We love looking to other people for advice on our next move. I’m not trying to say asking for advice is a bad idea, but there are plenty of times we’re more than capable of acting on our own, but yet we still insist on looking to others for an answer. Spending time alone teaches you to trust your instincts and make decisions without any outside influence.