Categories
Body icon
Body
We celebrate all shapes and sizes because we see nothing but beauty.
View Topic
Life icon
Life
GR8NESS isn’t something you do; it’s how you live.
View Topic
Mind icon
Mind
Infuse mindfulness and awareness into everything you do.
View Topic
Self Care icon
Self Care
Refresh, renew, and reconnect with your inner self to nurture your wellbeing.
View Topic
Soul icon
Soul
Connect with all of humanity and discover your true self.
View Topic
Body
We celebrate all shapes and sizes because we see nothing but beauty.
View More
Categories
A life in motion is a life well lived. Move. Discover. Grow.
View Topic
True health lies in finding the perfect balance of mind, body, and spirit.
View Topic
Chronic pain can be debilitating. Regain control of your body and mind.
View Topic
Remedies sourced from nature help heal pains, both seen and unseen.
View Topic
Feed your body properly and you’ll nurture more than just the physical.
View Topic
Life
GR8NESS isn’t something you do; it’s how you live.
View More
Categories
Ease the way you move through life with simplicity and intelligence.
View Topic
Strengthening your relationships helps you celebrate who you’ve become.
View Topic
Raising children is the job of a lifetime. And you never get to retire.
View Topic
Our planet is a marvelous gift. Become the change the world needs by helping it heal.
View Topic
They’re an extended part of your family. Care for them the way they deserve.
View Topic
Mind
Infuse mindfulness and awareness into everything you do.
View More
Categories
While you cannot escape the stresses of life, you can find shelter inside yourself.
View Topic
Calming anxiety, easing depression, and discovering peace of mind are within your grasp.
View Topic
Everyday tools, training, and techniques to convince your brain it can be so much more.
View Topic
From mantras for self-love to changing the way you look at wellness.
View Topic
category alt tag
Self Care
Refresh, renew, and reconnect with your inner self to nurture your wellbeing.
View More
Categories
The journey of self-discovery is never-ending. Embrace your journey.
View Topic
Feeling good about your outside impacts how you feel about your inside. Feel beautiful both ways.
View Topic
Soul
Connect with all of humanity and discover your true self.
View More
Categories
Dive into your practice and experience something new every day. Give your mind some space to grow.
View Topic
Feed your mind with powerful positive statements to help you believe in yourself.
View Topic
In a fast-paced world, sometimes the best thing you can do is to breathe.
View Topic
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Olya Kuzovkina / Unsplash
500 Views
4 Min Read Time
0 Shares

Why Spending Time Alone Is Necessary for Self-Care

GR8NESS RATING
2
gr8 vote
GR8
0
meh vote
MEH
0
pass vote
PASS

When I first moved across countries into a new and unknown town, I had no idea how to be alone. Never mind how to enjoy spending time alone. The truth is, we believe spending time alone is feeling lonely. When the reality couldn’t be farther away from that concept, spending time alone – and learning to cherish it – will be the best thing you’ll ever do for your self-care practice.

Being alone sparks creativity, gives you time to reflect, makes you more empathetic, improves your self-esteem, and even gives you more energy if you do it right, of course.

It Helps You Recharge

When it comes to living, we’re almost always running on autopilot. We wake up, go to work, make sure everyone around us is happy, we stuff our feelings and emotions into our pockets, and carry on with our days. Then, we get home, greet our special someone, our family, even our dog, and keep putting on a brave face to make sure everyone else’s needs are taken care of.

This is exhausting.

When you spend time alone, you give yourself a chance to recharge and break away from everyone’s expectations for a second or two.

Let’s Practice Self-Discovery

From the moment we’re born, up until the moment we die, every single one of our decisions will be influenced by someone else. Whether we’re aware of it or not. When was the last time you sat down and tried to discover what genuinely makes you happy? Are you happy right now?

Spending time alone allows you to practice self-discovery. Find who you genuinely are. Explore the things you genuinely love to do and point out those activities you do to satisfy others’ wants and needs, but that feel draining to you.

It Improves Your Productivity

Trying to conquer the world while also attending every possible meeting at work? How is that side hustle going in between your partner asking for movie recommendations at home? How about that tight deadline you must hit by the end of the week that keeps getting pushed back due to friends’ invitations to go out?

I get it. Trying to keep up with our social lives is exhausting and often makes us fail in the productivity department. When you spend time alone, the only distraction is your mind. If you plan, ditch the phone, and set yourself up for success, time alone can be just what the productivity doctor recommended.

Let’s You Have an “AHA!” Moment

When you tune out the noise from the outside world, it’s easier to let your mind wander and dream. Spending time alone, doing the things you enjoy the most, can significantly boost your creativity. Not to mention, while you practice self-discovery, it wouldn’t surprise me if you experience one of those “aha!” moments when suddenly everything bothering you falls into place, and you can see what your next steps should be.

It Improves Your Health

Just as having toxic people in your life can harm your health, spending time alone can improve it. Many studies have linked spending time alone with enhancing your brain’s health and possibly reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. However, keep in mind that feeling lonely (not social isolation) can increase your chances of dementia. Not to mention, spending time alone has also been considered the best way to recharge and have more energy.

Lastly, spending time alone will eventually help you live a calmer and happier life. When you prioritize “me” time, you can prevent overload burnout, improve your self-esteem, and plan your life with a clearer mind.

A Note from GR8NESS

If you do choose to start spending time alone, make sure you do it correctly. Set the stage for your alone time, making sure you either have the house for yourself or can go to a quiet place alone. Forget about your phone or constantly checking your social media. This moment is for you and your mind alone. Set your boundaries before you start. Note how long you will be alone and the purpose of these “me” time practices. Choose your distractions wisely, meaning, know what you’re willing to compromise during your alone time for it to be successful.

In the end, enjoy your own company because you’re GR8.

GR8NESS RATING
2
gr8 vote
GR8
0
meh vote
MEH
0
pass vote
PASS
Geraldine
GR8NESS Writer
Geraldine is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about self care, clean makeup and beauty, mental health, and relationships – as well as natural remedies and fitness. She’s a coffee enthusiast with Venezuelan roots, a former ballerina, and the sunscreen patrol. Most of the time, you can find her working on her skincare routine or trying a new dance workout.
Learn More
Related Articles
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Self-Care 101

The Ultimate Self-Care Guide for Everyone

Whether you are dipping your toe into the waters of self-care for the first time ever, or are an ultimate guru of all things relating to personal development, serenity, and inner peace, GR8NESS is the place for you. We are a community of individuals who are all on the same...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Christina Morillo / Pexels

How to Listen and Engage with Opposing Viewpoints

One of the most distressing and damaging developments in recent years is the breakdown in our ability to discuss issues with people with whom we disagree. And I don’t mean just in the political space, although it is certainly a challenge. I once witnessed a fistfight between two older gentlemen...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by fizkes / Shutterstock

Family Friendly Activities That Dads Will Enjoy

Because there's only so much love that a craft beer subscription or a new tie can convey, it's a GR8 idea to plan some fun family activities with Dad to really show how much you love and appreciate him. Read on for lots of different ways to have fun with...
GR8NESS expert Expert Reviewed
Image by Nappy / Pexels

5 Top Free Online Parenting Classes for New Dads

From the excitement of finding out that you're going to become a father, to learning how new dads can help out, there’s a lot going when you bring your new bundle of joy home. Kids don’t come with directions, and often it may seem as if you are on your...
The URL has been copied