There is nothing I love more than sitting at home, alone on a rainy day, coffee in hand, reading a book or listening to music (which for me means about 90% Lana Del Rey, 10% other artists, lol) while I write. Besides a day spent at the beach or exploring a beautiful place in nature, this is my favorite kind of day. For most people, this kind of day is dreary and boring. And I get why they would feel that way. But for me, spending time alone is one of the best feelings in the world.
If you are an introvert like me, living in today’s fast-paced society can be mentally exhausting. You may frequently wonder what is wrong with you, asking yourself, “Why don’t I like doing what everyone else likes doing? Why don’t I want to go out and party every weekend?” It is easy to feel out of place in this world when you are an introvert. However, you are not the only one who feels the way you do, and there is nothing wrong with you! In fact, there are tremendous benefits in making time to be alone, which is why I’ve created a list of three reasons why solitude is beneficial for introverts.
- Solitude is a great opportunity for improving your mental health and practicing self-care. Every time I use my alone time wisely (meaning I don’t spend hours on my phone aimlessly scrolling through Facebook!) I am able to do things that make me feel better, both mentally and physically. When I am alone I can freely exercise, meditate, listen to a podcast, take a bubble bath, practice yoga, read or listen to music without interruption. All of these things help me clear my mind and relieve stress. Through my self-care practices, I have learned how to analyze and reflect on any negative thoughts that enter my mind, and replace them with positive, uplifting truth. I have adopted a totally new, and much healthier mindset that wouldn’t have been possible without my time spent alone learning during self-care.
- Solitude gives you time and space to create your art and/or be creative with your work. Really, your work should be your art. And I don’t mean art as in drawing or painting, unless that is your thing! But I mean art as in whatever you love to do. For me, it’s writing. Whenever I am alone, my mind tends to wander, and I often get my most creative ideas during this time. My daydreams become ideas that I use in the stories I write. When I am with other people, it is very hard for me to be creative and focus on my work. The stimulation from people talking or the TV blaring in the background is not a conducive work environment for me. However, when I am alone, I am able to take create a calm, quiet environment that allows me to concentrate and get more work done, while still making the work enjoyable.
- Solitude allows you to get to know yourself. When I finally grew too tired to fake being friends with the people in my life who I was just friends with for the sake of having friends, it left me with quite a bit of free time. In this time away from those people who had a large influence on what I did on a daily basis, I was able to start over. I got to know myself. I rediscovered who I was, what I liked to do, what I wanted out of life and who I wanted to be. The new things I found myself doing I never would have done before because it wasn’t considered ‘fun’ or ‘normal’ to my so-called friends. But I decided I’d rather be alone than settle for a ‘normal’ life. In this process I learned to love myself, which unexpectedly was also the cure for my anxiety disorder. Yes, I was lonely at times, and sometimes doubted my decision to end these friendships, but it ended up being one of the best choices I’ve ever made. I discovered that I am my own home, and I already have everything within me that I’ll ever need. I no longer need outside validation, and that has been the biggest freedom.
Contrary to the belief of many in today’s society, there are extremely positive advantages that can be gained through spending time alone. Although sometimes working and/or being in a loud, largely populated area is unavoidable, and it definitely isn’t healthy for us introverts to completely isolate ourselves from others, we don’t need to feel guilty for taking some time to be alone every so often. So please don’t be ashamed of your introverted ways! They make you, you. 🙂
What are some benefits you have seen in your own life from spending time alone/being an introvert? I’d love to hear from you! As always, keep checking the blog for new posts. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year.<3