Why Being Alone Is Sometimes Good for Your Soul

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My friends, family, and significant other? They are fabulous. We get along great, and I love being around them . . . most of the time. As a self-proclaimed introvert though, I have to admit that my alone time is just as precious to me. There are countless fun things to do alone, and while it’s nice to have company, sometimes it’s extremely refreshing to appreciate life from a perspective that’s entirely your own.

I recently went on a weekend getaway in Southern California with just myself, a beautiful new 2015 Ford Mustang, and miles of open desert road. Whether it was the fresh air and warm sun or the endless hours of freedom I had at my fingertips, I came out the other end of my adventure feeling like a new person. If you’re able to, take some time to yourself — whether it’s just an for hour or for an entire trip — and see what it can do for you. Here are more reasons why alone time is good for your soul.

1. BEING ALONE GIVES YOU TIME TO THINK.
Life can be crazy sometimes – crazy good, crazy bad, or just crazy busy – and it’s easy to get caught up in your hectic week or month and forget to allow yourself time to process things. Being alone gives us the time we all need to reflect on important events and to organize our feelings about the things that have happened. Without this, we can get overwhelmed with all we are trying to juggle mentally, and this can cause extra anxiety and stress.

2. YOU CAN GET CREATIVE.
There’s nothing like putting on headphones, listening to your favorite songs, and getting down to work. It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer, an artist, a musician, or a software engineer; we all have creative outlets and we all need to nurture them as much as we can. Being by yourself gives you the motivation and the opportunity to open your mind and explore new ideas, then put those ideas to good use.

3. YOU CAN RECHARGE.
Being around people is both exhilarating and exhausting. It means having to constantly be alert and aware of what’s going on around you and in conversations that require your full attention. Socializing at work and with friends is definitely a positive thing, but it can also be draining. When you’re alone, you can use that quiet time to recharge and regroup. It’s essential to do this so that when you’re around people again, you feel refreshed, more energetic, and ready to interact.

4. YOU GET TO KNOW YOURSELF BETTER.
Spending time alone means taking your thoughts and feelings into account above anyone else’s, and when you do this, you get to explore your personality in depth. The more time you get to know yourself, the more you’ll find out just how awesome you are.

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Source: PopSugar | Hilary White