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The Gift of Solitude

In today’s constantly connected world, finding solitude has become a lost art. In Western cultures, spending time alone can be mistaken for being lonely or sad. However, seeking solitude can offer great health benefits and also can be instrumental for self growth.

Here are some benefits for seeking solitude:

1. Solitude offers an opportunity to discover your individuality. By spending time alone rather than a group, you give yourself a chance to discover your own authentic self making personal decisions and thought processing.

2. Solitude allows you to clear your mind and unwind. By being alone, you give yourself time to gain clarity without distraction by clearing your mind and body feeling refreshed.

3. Solitude promotes productivity By spending time alone you have the space to allow for more productivity.

4. Solitude provides time to think deeply Making time through day to day constant tasks for solitude will allow for introspection and to think deeply to work through problem solving.

6. Solitude can enhance the quality of your relationships with others. By spending time with yourself and gaining a better understanding of who you are and what you desire in life, you’re more likely to make better choices about who you want to be around. You also may come to appreciate your relationships more after you’ve spent some time alone.

Tips for Solitude:

Set intentional time: Wake up a half hour or an hour earlier than everyone else, and use that time to create, produce, problem solve, meditate, or whatever makes you happy.

Take a walk in nature in solitude Spending time alone in nature has great health benefits and promotes happiness and mood lifting.

Disconnect. Set aside some time each day to unplug from all the ways you connect with others. Turn off your cell phone, Turn off your Internet. Turn off your TV. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can get done when you’re not distracted.

Claim your Space Give yourself permission to take time for yourself and let people know you are busy. Put a do not disturb sign on your door, send a message to whoever needs to know and set a boundary for yourself.

Schedule time Literally schedule time in your calendar to spend time with yourself even if it’s a short time. Any time that you can spend alone with yourself to reboot, meditate, focus, relax, create, produce, and/or think deeply is better than no time.

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