Treat Yourself to Some Alone Time …. A guest post from Ali over at Homey Improvements
The world can be an exhausting place. Too often we are focused on what others think and pleasing everyone else around us, and the outside world can get so loud we can hardly hear ourselves think. This is why it is so important to treat yourself to some alone time and just relax.
There are lots of beneficial ways to spend your alone time, and it’s time to start now.
- Take Yourself Out on a Date.
- You definitely don’t need to rely on another person to take you out for a bite to eat and to see the newest movie. Take a break from your friends and go it alone. Go to your favorite restaurant and indulge a little. Date yourself for a bit.
- Sometimes it feels like we’re never actually alone, even when we are. When you’re so involved with social media and glued to your phone, it’s difficult to separate real life from what’s online. Unplug for a few hours when you’re by yourself. Don’t go on social media, don’t check your email and put your phone on do-not-disturb mode. Let the quiet sink in and avoid comparing your life with the posts of others. This will help you feel at peace. There are so many reasons to unplug.
- De-stress. Other people can add a lot of stress to our daily lives. Surrounding yourself with gossip and negativity will eventually catch up with you and leave you totally drained. Do something that relaxes you, whether it be yoga and meditation, reading a book, going for a run or baking. This will feel like productive time on your own and will recharge your energy.
- Being alone is a great time to think. Think about what you want for yourself and for the future. Pull out a big calendar and plan it all out. Decide where you want to go and who you want to be, even if your plans don’t involve other people.
Doing these things on your own will ultimately help you in the other aspects of your life. It will allow your creativity and emotions to flourish so you are more productive. Being alone will give you time to think and recharge so that the stresses of outside life don’t get to you. You will actually be a more enjoyable person to those around you, and you’ll also be able to enjoy and appreciate the company of others better.
It’s all about balance. Constantly being around others or always being alone won’t work, but separating the two and making sure you are doing both equally will make a big difference in your everyday life.
A great way to make it happen is to schedule it. If you don’t plan it out ahead of time, it will never happen. Even if it’s just a few hours a week, write it down and set the time aside. Once you’ve made a plan with yourself, it will be harder to break the commitment. Think of it as a treat and it will be.
Bio: Ali is a kombucha-sipping writer who focuses on healthy and sustainable living via her family blog Homey Improvements. Find her on Twitter at @DIYfolks.