What Are the Benefits of Solitude?


Solitude is not something to be afraid of---it is, in fact, healthy to regularly spend time by yourself. Many people don't realize that, when they engage in "me time" by enjoying hobbies or other activities alone, they are actually enjoying solitude.


  • Being alone reduces stress. Shut off your phone and computer and let yourself relax with a book, a bath, a walk or your journal.


  • Solitude removes distractions and stressors that can keep you from thinking clearly and enables you to improve your focus on a project you're working on.


  • Periods of solitude can heighten your self-awareness because the stillness allows you to process your thoughts in peace. This can lead to critical breakthroughs or self-discovery.


  • The isolation forces you to rely only on yourself to get things done, which can improve self-confidence and self-reliance.


  • Solitude is a time-honored means of exploring your spirituality, spending time in reflection and achieving enlightenment.


  • You have no one to answer to when you are alone; you can do and be whatever and whoever you want to be.

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