- Socializing is important for our physical and emotional wellbeing, but alone time is beneficial for our mental health.
- Allocating a little alone time on a daily basis can increase productivity, reduce stress, boost creativity, and make us more empathetic.
- Make it more attainable by scheduling time each day, doing activities that you enjoy, and avoid any distractions like social media.
Alone time — people either love it or hate it. Personally, I love it. It’s a great way to recharge and focus on my own self-care. But for lots of other people, they refill their cup by engaging and socializing with others. It all comes down to personal preference. At the end of the day we are social creatures, social interaction is a necessity, but there’s no denying alone time has some pretty amazing benefits. Even if it is just a few minutes.
In fact, research has shown that alone time can be beneficial for our mental health. Social connections focus more on physical and emotional well-being, while alone time benefits our mental health. It’s considered self-care and unfortunately, a lot of people find it hard to take the time to invest in themselves (as silly as that might seem). We’re all busy and it’s hard to find the time to just sit in solitude. But the busier a person is, the more likely they could benefit from some alone time.
If you’re interested in learning more, here are just a few of the ways alone time can benefit your health…
Builds Mental Strength
As we’ve already mentioned, we’re social creatures who thrive on connectivity with others. But being alone has its benefits too. According to Forbes, people who are able to tolerate being alone are happier, have better life satisfaction, stress management, and experience less depression.
Just like we can build our physical strength from working out and going to the gym, we can build mental strength from times of solitude. “Being alone can help you build mental strength,” says Cynthia Catchings, LCSW-S, CFTP, and Talkspace Senior Therapist. This is especially true for people who do it over the long-term and not just as a one-time thing. A lot of people struggle with being alone because they feel like they need constant reassurance from others or they just don’t want to have to sit alone with their thoughts. Being alone with difficult emotions like fear, anxiety, hope, and dreams is hard, but you’ll be mentally stronger from doing it.