Great Benefits of Spending More Time by Yourself Doing What You Like

Spending Time by Yourself

Solitude is often mistaken for loneliness and as such, it has acquired a bad reputation. As much as social isolation and loneliness can increase the risk of anxiety, depression, heart disease and obesity, being alone by choice has been linked with improved immunity, resilience and even longer life. It may also be a great opportunity to explore your inner self like a true shaman with the help of a mind-healing plant like mimosa hostilis.

Spending time alone doing what you like can be very beneficial for your overall well-being and here are ways you can do it.

Being alone vs being lonely

Although there’s an abundance of evidence pointing to the downsides of social isolation and loneliness, more and more proof is appearing supporting the quality time spent alone and the benefits it brings to the overall well-being of an individual.

Research shows that many people seek refuge from noise, distractions and influence of others and prefer solitude. This desire is influenced by your personality type so as much as extroverts might dislike it, introverts tend to prefer it. However, this doesn’t have to be a universal rule. Introverts sometimes need the company and support of others whereas extroverts occasionally need peace and quiet. What needs to be remembered is that being alone and being lonely are two very different things – loneliness means social isolation despite the desire to have social connection whereas being alone simply means taking time for yourself between your typical social events.

Spending Time by Yourself

Go solo

If you’re always on the go and you often struggle to slow down and take a break, doing things on your own and adding some quiet moments to your busy schedule can be a true refreshment!

Why not take yourself out to dinner? Dining out is typically seen as a social experience but it can be quite nice to treat yourself to a nice meal and enjoy it in peace so you can fully focus on the taste and texture of your food and drink.

Similarly, go solo to the cinema or to a concert of your favourite band. There’ll be no one else’s opinion you’ll need to worry about, plus, you might get the chance to meet someone completely new who shares your interests!

Also, don’t hesitate to book a vacation for one! It may seem intimidating at first, but it can be truly rewarding and challenging to travel by yourself and learn new things, meet new people and get to know new cultures and customs.

Take up a physical activity

There are numerous benefits of doing physical activity and even if you join a group, you can still stay solo. Whether it’s CrossFit, HIIT, kickboxing, cycling, aerobics or Pilates, burning calories will improve your fitness and being a part of a group of similar people can boost your athletic performance, pain tolerance and even your social skills, if you choose so.

If you still feel you need to get away from the noise, kayaking could be a great choice. It gives you a great opportunity to paddle out on your own and enjoy the peace and quiet on the water for a few hours. It can also be an empowering hobby as you’ll only have yourself to rely on and you’ll need to trust your own body and your decisions.

Another fantastic way to relax and unwind is by taking up fishing and going on a fishing trip. It’s great stress relief in a natural and calming environment that can improve your immune system and sleep quality while it reduces your anxiety and depression. Moreover, fishing isn’t very physically demanding but just by being outside in the fresh air, your lungs and heart will benefit the most. If you’re really enthusiastic, you might choose to go exploring to find the best fishing spots so it might require some hiking and climbing but that will only provide additional exercise for your cardiovascular system.

Your only concern here is to stay safe, especially if you go ocean rock fishing. A firm and secure foothold is extremely important so a pair of top quality shoes are a necessary part of your angler kit for those occasions when you need to tread on traverse ocean rocks or sea wall. Such terrain can often be extremely slippery and falls can result in serious injuries.

Having ensured your safety, fishing will also help you relax mentally as it’s not a challenging activity in that respect either. There’s also no deadline or time pressure and when you’re solo, there’s no worry about your company being cold or losing patience waiting for fish to bite.

Spending Time by Yourself

Try volunteering

Research studies show that volunteering has numerous benefits and that the act of giving to others can greatly improve one’s mental and physical health. It can help you reduce stress, anxiety, fight depression, offer mental stimulation and give you a sense of purpose. Also, it doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment or take up a lot of time on a daily basis. By giving just a fraction of your time and effort, you can offer a lot to those in need, so check out the opportunities in your community and devote your time to something that inspires you.

Being socially isolation for too long can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health, but finding a fine balance between spending time with others and on your own, you can greatly improve your concentration, boost your productivity and creativity and experience deep personal satisfaction.

Claire Adams
Claire is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. She enjoys life to the fullest and loves sharing her insights into healthy lifestyle. Feel free to reach her on Facebook and Twitter.
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