Spend More Time Alone



I'm going to start this off by asking you a single question, do you like to spend time alone? And I mean alone, completely alone. Without family, friends, or anyone. Do you like that? Many people don't. They prefer to be with other people. They don't like to just sit there with their thoughts. But I'm telling you, there's really something to be said about solitude. It allows you to drop your 'social guard' and just 'be'. It gives you the freedom to be introspective and to think for yourself. Lay your thoughts out on the table, and just ponder for awhile, without any influence or distraction from others. It's meditative and it can be very soul-healing. Of course it's all about balance, and you should balance that alone time time with social time with the company of others and friends, but if you don't spend much time by yourself, you should and here are some reasons why:

Discovery of true passion and purpose
Your passion is your what, why, where, and everything in between. Purpose is your reason for being, your motivation. Being alone will allow you to do the things that complete you. To be selfish. You can be as you please. No compromising. Do as you please without hesitation. It opens pathways that were previously roadblocked by life's chaos. 

Self-awareness boost
Understand your emotions, thoughts, weaknesses, strengths, and beliefs. Understand how you perceive others. Strip back those protective walls you've surrounded yourself with. Reflect. When there's only you, you learn to trust your instinct completely. Without the other outside influences, you own your decisions and the consequences that go along. You think harder as you navigate logic and instinct more closely. 

Reflection, appreciation, and gratitude
Time alone allows a chance for deeper reflection, appreciation, and gratitude. When your mind is free from disturbances, calmness and peace follows. You'll find clarity. You'll be able to view your life from a different perspective. Focus on your gratitude - the road to happiness is paved in gratitude. 

I'll finish this off with a story of my own personal experience. When I was a teenager, I didn't like being alone. I wanted to spend as much time with friends as I could. Over time, though, I eventually grew to become my own best friend and I cherished every moment of me-time. It gave me a chance to get creative and do things that fed my soul; to turn inward and focus on what truly made me happy. Understand that you are good enough all by yourself, and that sometimes the best cure for loneliness is in fact to be alone. It will send you on a journey of self-discovery that will most definitely alter and benefit your path in life.

13 comments

  1. Love being alone for certain periods of the day. I thrive off of quiet time.

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this post. I love my alone time. I learned so much about myself this way.

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  3. Yes! I love my alone time. Probably too much. I'm an only child so I grew accustomed to having a lot of it so getting married and having kids was an adjustment for me. But even now, I make sure I get alone time. I've never understood people who hate being alone.

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  4. I have always been quite happy in my own company even as a child. As a parent alone time is the best time haha but only for short periods ox

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  5. Despite being an only child, I don't love or seek extra time to be alone. However, I every once in a while I don't want to be bothered and just need a few hours of quiet with a book.

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  6. I actually love being alone. I even turn off the phone on purpose.

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  7. I love reading this blog post because I do enjoy spending time alone and I've always been like that ever since a kid. Growing up I found it difficult for friends and family to understand I needed my alone time but as I've gotten older I appreciate the time I get to myself because I think taking time self-reflect once in a while is so important. I love that you focus on gratitude during your alone time! I totally try to do that too!

    ~Crissy
    www.whimsicalfawn.com

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  8. This is an amazing and true post. I love to spend time alone, just with me,myself and I. It give me the opportunity to unwind from people and their opinions, learn and listen to what I want and just over a peaceful way to relax.

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  9. Being alone and being lonely are too different things .You need to happy with yourself to find happiness .A very insightfull post.U need alone time to think

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  10. I love being alone. I go on several dates alone. It's amazing. Sometimes being alon is much needed. There are so many daily distractions that some alone time is much needed

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  11. I actually really like spending time alone. I need time to myself to destress sometimes and just relax.

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  12. I do like to take time for just me and my thoughts, to get things into perspective, think what I'm grateful for and goals i want to achieve.

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  13. Traveling alone for me is good. I like to travel alone sometime to discover more of myself and also have some me-time. This is my time to reflect too.

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