Eye-opening reasons and ways to enjoy being alone - Advice from an Introvert
For a very long time, I use to think that wanting to “be alone” meant that I was anti-social, avoidant and distant. Often, I would feel ashamed or hate the side of myself that felt best when I was alone.
As a result, I would push my boundaries and throw myself into social interactions and situations which often left me feeling emotional exhausted, sad, and burnt out.
The fact is, there was nothing wrong with me. It’s just that my social battery runs down quicker than others.
It took me awhile before I realized that even though I do love spending time with my friends and family – it was important for me to listen to my mind and my body. Often, what I needed most was a moment to myself. To reconnect with my personal wants and needs. I found that I best thrived and was at my happiest after I had spent time by myself.
I am an introvert.
Comment below if you can relate to needing time to recharge.
This realization resulted with me coming to terms that I am an introvert that loves alone time. Other individuals might feel re-charged when stimulated by closeness and connection – being around other people. Both are completely normal and okay!
Furthermore, I wanted to share with you how beneficial learning to be alone sometimes can be and many things you can do when faced with your own company.
After 24 years on this planet, I’ve learned most of what I know in life from being by myself.
Some benefits to alone time :
1. Catching up
One of the best things about alone-time is catching up with yourself and your life. Often we feel as though “everything hits at once”.
Assignments are due, our work is calling, we have to clean, emergencies happen, fun things are planned AND we still need to spend time with family and friends.
Step away from the things you can reschedule and spend time regaining a handle on life. Prioritize and organize. This will only benefit your mind well-being.
For some reason, I learn something new about myself every time I have alone time. Being by yourself and making a point to reconnect with your mind and soul can be so rewarding.
I find that often, when so many different things are happening at once – I get overwhelmed and my mind grows heavy.
Make it a point to check in with your mental health. You always need to set time aside to see how you’re doing. Something bothering you? Do you need to process and think something through? This is the perfect time.
4. Knock down those creativity walls
This is the perfect time to spark your inspiration again. Clear your mind and do activities that get your creativity flowing again.
5. Dive into Self-Care
One of the best things in the world is taking some sweet time and giving yourself some self-love. There is a very very strong reason why spas are so popular. It’s about making yourself feel refreshed and renewed. Put aside some time to show yourself some self-care and I am positive your mental and physical health will reward you.
6. Strengthen your Independence
Learning how to be by yourself is such a skill to have.
The dependancy on others will disappear and you will see just how powerful that is. You become braver, courageous, more confident. Your self-awareness heightens and you learn just how strong you are.
It’s not that you don’t want anyone else – it’s that you don’t need anybody else. Let me tell you, this is a very important attribute to have.
As you can see, there are many benefits as to why “alone-time” is not only for introverts but should be for everyone! Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely days when I need some awesome human connection.
As a result, It’s all about balance. Learning to enjoy your own company and be comfortable with giving yourself what you need and still being able to socialize whenever you see fit.
Being alone does not mean you are alone – it just means you’re enjoying your own company right now.
So, let me take you through some of my favourite “alone-time” activities you can do. Most of these help your mindfulness, your self-care, and your positive mindset.
Furthermore, It’s so much fun tending to what your mind, body, and soul needs. After all, No one can do that for you except for yourself!
List of fun activities you can do when you're alone :
Watch a movie
Write out your gratitude list
Start a garden
Create a amazon wishlist
Take yourself out shopping
Paint your nails
Wash your hair
Research the best products for your skin
Write out your 5 year plan
Create a vision board
Start a pinterest
Clean your room
Organize any important paperwork
Decide on healthy snacks you want to eat throughout your week
Update your music playlist
Find a youtube influencer that motivates you to live your best life
Start reading a new book
Motivate yourself by organizing your calendar
Create a morning routine
Create a night time routine
Write out a To-Do list of all the things you want done this month
Unsubscribe to emails you don’t need
Go bike riding
Start that book you’ve been meaning to write
Go for a walk
Find an inspirational podcast
Unfollow people on social media that do not feed your soul
Practice some yoga
Cook a new recipe
Learn to bake something yummy for your family and friends
Find some new music
Paint/draw something for a loved one
Play a video game
Write down 10 life goals and break down how you want to get there
Play an instrument
Write a song
Practice one of your skills
Sign up for a masterclass and learn something new
Decide on decor ideas for your bedroom/home
As a final note, I want to share with you some life-changing advice.
It’s okay to be alone. It’s okay to take some time for yourself. Do not be ashamed of saying “no, not today”.
This will only make you stronger and more confident in telling yourself what you’re comfortable with.
What do you love to do when you’re alone? How does it make you feel?