Throughout history, the sages, yogis, shamans, priests, philosophers, and psychologists have advised us to spend more alone time. But these days, it hardly seems possible. We’re almost always surrounded by people at home, at work, outdoors…even home alone, most of us are either busy social networking or watching YouTube. Never truly with ourselves. Ayurveda encourages you to take time for yourself. It’s wonderful for your body as well as mind. We hope that this guide to spending time alone will help you enjoy more “me time” and improve the quality of your life.
Spending Time Alone: Why It’s Good For You
1. You Feel Less Stressed.
Spending time alone is essential for sound mental health. It’s only when we’re alone that we process thoughts, experiences, and emotions. Being alone means lesser input from the outside world and the mind has a chance to wind down. Spending early mornings alone in meditation significantly lowers stress as well as depression.
2. You Can Find Inner Happiness.
We all have inner happiness, but we’re too busy seeking it elsewhere. It’s only during alone time that one ever has the opportunity to search for and experience this beautiful inner happiness that is independent of external circumstances. And if you find happiness within, this will reflect in the outside world too. Pursuing hobbies, meditating, and working out are a few ways to find inner joy, peace, and strength.
3. Your Relationships Also Improve.
That’s right, more alone time actually can make your relationships even more meaningful and fulfilling. “Me time” helps you understand yourself better. You can evaluate your needs, desires, and preferences that concern other people. Activities done alone like writing in a journal, meditating or reflecting bring you more in touch with yourself, and this makes it easier to connect with others.
4. Your Brain Functions Better.
Another reason to make time for yourself regularly is that it’s great for your brain. Spend alone time taking walks, naps, listening to music, meditating, doing yoga or pursuing hobbies. This relaxes and refreshes the brain. When you return to work, you‘ll notice that you’re able to focus and concentrate much better.
5. Your Energy Levels Increase.
Being around too many people all the time drains our prana (life force energy). If you feel ungrounded, tired, and stressed, try to take time for yourself more often. Your body will calm down as the external inputs reduce, and your energy levels will naturally get replenished.
How To Get More Alone Time
- Take time for yourself by disconnecting from technology. Switch off your gadgets at the end of the day so that you can unwind. Maybe take an aromatic bath.
- Do yoga and meditation.
- Just like you make appointments for work and with friends, schedule days to spend time with yourself. Enter it in your calender.
- Walk, jog, run or cycle. Preferably in natural surroundings.
- If you live with people, wake up an hour earlier so that you have the morning all to yourself.
- Pursue hobbies alone. Perhaps exercise, a warm bath, cooking, gardening…anything that you enjoy and that brings you closer to your inner self.
- Eat your meals silently and alone. This is also great for digestion.
- Maintain a journal. This brings you inwards as you recollect and process your daily experiences.
- Practise saying no. When social interactions start feeling draining or stressful, learn to take a step back.