Do you enjoy being alone? Or do you hate it? There is no right or wrong answer to this question. This is one of the many things that make this world an interesting place. We are all uniquely different, although some people share some similarities with others.
Furthermore, you do not need to be a scientist to know that humans are social creatures. We are not meant to live in isolation. And the benefits of having fulfilling relationships with other human beings are undeniable. That notwithstanding, as aforementioned, we are all different and need different degrees of social interactions and isolation or alone time, as the case may be. In order words, whether you are an introvert, extrovert, ambivert or omnivert, extroverted introvert, whatever terminology is used to describe oneself. We all can benefit from some form of alone time now and then. Granted, however, that certain personality types (from the 16 personality types) require more alone time than others.
It must be stressed that being alone or enjoying quality alone time does not mean that a person is anti-social, and it is not bad to enjoy spending time alone in one’s own company. Once people enjoy quality alone time, they will likely experience self-development growth; this is discussed in more detail below.
So whether you hate being alone or enjoy being alone? There are numerous advantages to spending time in just your own company. Here are 11 benefits of enjoying quality alone time.
Table of contents
- 1. You will value your privacy a lot more.
- 2. Recharge Your Depleted Energy.
- 3. Self Reflection
- 4. Alone time enables you to become more conscious and aware of your own emotions
- 5. Spend time alone in your own company, and you begin to do more things that make you happy.
- 6. You become more productive.
- 7. You will enjoy the company of others more when you have had sufficient quality alone time to energize and enjoy your own company.
- 8. You become independent when you spend quality time alone and enjoy your own company.
- 9. You would get a much-needed break from trying to make other people happy
- 10. You would not need to apologise for anything when alone, enjoying your own company.
- 11. Enjoy your own company, have quality alone time, and you will no longer require validation or approval from other people.
1. You will value your privacy a lot more.
This is not to say that you will not value your privacy if you do not spend time alone. However, your privacy will be of more importance to you when you are in the habit of spending time by yourself. You will be aware of the information you put out into the world. Not just online but concerning the people around you. People will only know what you let them know about you, saving you from stress.
The thing is, privacy has a direct effect on control over a person’s life. In the sense that the more people know about you, the more control they can have over you, the more opinions they will have about you, and the more they will have to talk about. Ever heard the saying? Familiarity breeds contempt. Well, it is true. Alone time and the appreciation of privacy can help you establish healthy boundaries with people. Be conscious and aware of yourself as a sovereign; protect your space and personal information, and share what you choose and are comfortable sharing. Read more here: Why does privacy matter?
2. Recharge Your Depleted Energy.
Being alone allows you the opportunity to recharge your batteries. That is, replenish your depleted energy. People usually expend a whole of energy when surrounded by other people. Energy is used up trying not to offend people, make them laugh, decipher their emotions, stroke their egos, or generally make people happy. Not forgetting all the other hassles that come along with social interactions with others. It really can leave a person drained and downright exhausted.
In other words, constantly being connected to or around other people can be physically and mentally draining. This is where some much-needed alone time can help you recharge your energy. By taking a break from the physically, emotionally and mentally taxing job of constant social interaction. However, what amounts to sufficient alone time to enable one to recharge one’s batteries, so to speak, varies from person to person. Some people may need longer time or periods than others to recharge and vice versa.
3. Self Reflection
Alone time allows you to focus on yourself and no one else. A time of self-reflection for personal growth and development. A time to evaluate every aspect of your life to see if things are going in the direction you would like. If not, it is a perfect time, free from distractions, to come up with possible ways to head in the right direction of your choosing.
4. Alone time enables you to become more conscious and aware of your own emotions
When constantly in the company of other people, we sometimes absorb their feelings and emotions as our own or just feel for them. This is especially the case when you are a highly sensitive person or an empath. Examples could include feeling sad when around someone sad, crying out of sympathy when someone is hurt etc.
You can also pick up stress from other people. All these can be a bit much if you do not take a break from being around people to let go of emotions that are not yours and just feel your own emotions and no one else’s.
5. Spend time alone in your own company, and you begin to do more things that make you happy.
Spending time alone is a great way to care for one’s self; it gives you the freedom to do just what you want to do. This can also help with stress relief. You get to take time away from others to do things just for yourself. Things that you enjoy doing that make you truly happy.
You can use your alone time any way you see fit. Catch up on some much-needed snooze, meditate, do some extra work, literally anything that gives you joy. Because whether you realise it or not, when you are constantly in the presence of other people, you are consciously or unconsciously making compromises, even with respect to fun activities. Sometimes you may not even get to do what you want to do if that is not the popular choice of the people you are with. In essence, time alone can make you a happier person.
6. You become more productive.
Time alone enables you to plan your personal and work life better. It enables you to be more organised and focused on your goals. This is so because consistently being in the presence of other people can be very distracting. It can cause you to procrastinate on things that are of importance to you, which would thereby affect your productivity.
Time spent alone can be super productive as there would be much fewer distractions. You could literally just put your head down and get as much work done as you require or as is required of you. Read more on putting your heart into everything you do.
7. You will enjoy the company of others more when you have had sufficient quality alone time to energize and enjoy your own company.
When you enjoy being alone or you have had your quality alone time. It becomes more enjoyable to be in the company of others because, for starters, you will not be energetically drained. You would have had your time alone to do you, to be your unfiltered self, energised and ready again, to be in the company of others. When you spend time alone, you will also develop a greater appreciation for people and things you have in your life and as well as a greater appreciation for yourself.
But where you do not get time alone, in order to a break for your self-care and sanity. You may begin to resent the people around you and become quite an unpleasant company for them. Read more on great ways to show kindness to those around you.
8. You become independent when you spend quality time alone and enjoy your own company.
Spending time alone and doing things by yourself will naturally lead you to become more independent and reliant on yourself. You would trust yourself more and enjoy your own company. You would also enjoy the company of others more. However, you would no longer crave the company of other people like you did before. When you start to enjoy your alone time, you will not be lonely when you are alone. Read more on ideas on what to do when stuck indoors by yourself in order to enjoy your time alone by yourself.
9. You would get a much-needed break from trying to make other people happy
This may arguably not apply to everybody. Some people may say that they do not care how their actions affect others. But even at work, for instance, you have to dress, act and talk a certain way. You act professionally and try not to offend your colleagues, subordinates and bosses.
This also falls under the category of keeping people happy and does take some effort and energy. Here a great work-life balance is crucial. A person should not work all the time but have some personal time, including some quality alone time.
In the same vein, most of us try not to offend people and be respectful to all in our everyday lives, both young and old. But honestly speaking, being ‘politically correct’ and trying not to offend people can be exhausting. Sometimes it would be nice to call certain people out on their BS, but we do not, except perhaps when pushed to the wall.
Therefore, it is nice to have some alone time where you do not have to worry about making someone else happy, as most relationships work when all parties are kept happy. This can be quite draining. However, with the help of some quality alone time, you can better appreciate and enjoy the people in your life.
10. You would not need to apologise for anything when alone, enjoying your own company.
When you enjoy spending time by yourself, you would not need to apologise to anybody for anything. You would do things on your terms, as there would be nobody around to get offended by anything. You would be at peace doing you. Your personal growth and development from spending time alone will also enable you to treat people as you would like to be treated. And you would more easily identify situations that can easily go sour and avoid them like a disease because your senses or intuition at this point would have become heightened.
11. Enjoy your own company, have quality alone time, and you will no longer require validation or approval from other people.
“The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.”Dennis Waitley
Many people usually like to run their ideas or thoughts past their family and friends before making decisions. Therefore continuously seek external validation or approval for the things that they do. Although, there is arguably nothing wrong with this. And, of course, there are those crossroad situations where you might need a little help dissecting all the possible courses of action before taking a final stance. And that is perfectly fine.
But then again, a majority of the time, you are capable of making decisions for yourself, by yourself. Alone time helps you become so aware and in touch with yourself that you know your core values. You know what you want out of life as you would have had sufficient time to reflect on your life and all-important encounters.
As a result, you would trust your instincts a lot more, and decision-making would become more of an independent process. Except for those rare occasions now and then when you seek the opinions of others. Only this time, when you seek opinions, it is not for validation or approval.
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12 Comments on “Do You Enjoy Being Alone? 11 Amazing Benefits.”
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