“In solitude, the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” – Laurence Sterne
My current employment requires me to constantly talk to other people, be in meetings, and ingest this large dose of other people’s humanity. Thoughts, biases, moods, emotions, and they all come streaming in at an amazing rate.
How do I deal with it? I make sure that I have time alone, and not dwelling on what others said, but listening to the most important person, me, myself and I. Okay, I joke a little, but it’s the ability to be alone, to work on yourself, to have your own thoughts, that truly makes you resilient in a world of constant struggle.
The Benefits of Solitude:
You might be wondering, how can being alone benefit me? Trust me, it does. For one, solitude helps you recharge your mental batteries. With constant social interaction, your mind is never at rest, and you can easily become mentally exhausted. By spending time alone, you give your brain the chance to refresh and recharge, making you more effective in the long run.
In addition, solitude promotes self-discovery and personal growth. When you’re alone, you have the opportunity to reflect on your life, your choices, and your values. You can ask yourself questions like: What truly matters to me? Am I happy with the path I’m on? What changes do I need to make to improve my life? This self-reflection can lead to meaningful personal growth and a deeper understanding of who you are.
Building Healthy Solitude Habits:
Now, you might be thinking, “Okay, Andrew, I’m sold on the benefits of solitude, but how do I incorporate it into my busy life?” Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are some tips to help you build healthy solitude habits:
- Set aside dedicated alone time: Schedule a specific time each day or week to be alone. Treat this time like any other important appointment and make it non-negotiable.
- Create a solitude-friendly environment: Find a space where you feel comfortable being alone. This could be a room in your home, a nearby park, or even your car. Make sure it’s a place where you can relax and focus on yourself.
- Disconnect from technology: To truly reap the benefits of solitude, it’s essential to disconnect from the constant noise of technology. Turn off your phone, computer, and TV, and give yourself the chance to truly be present with your thoughts.
- Practice mindfulness: While you’re alone, try engaging in mindfulness activities like meditation, journaling, or deep breathing exercises. These practices can help you stay focused and present during your alone time.
Embracing solitude can be a powerful tool for personal growth, self-discovery, and mental rejuvenation. By incorporating healthy solitude habits into your daily routine, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges life throws your way, and ultimately, you’ll become a stronger, more resilient version of yourself. Remember, it’s in those quiet moments alone that you can truly hear your inner voice and discover your true potential.