The Importance of Alone Time

For some, the idea of spending time alone sounds terrible.  I for one, do not mind the time I spend alone, in fact, I look forward to it.

I spend plenty of time alone but tonight, as I was walking to yoga, I realized the importance of spending time alone.  And let me clarify, I do not mean sitting alone texting, Facebooking, Tweeting, or any type of social media where you are still connected to others.  I mean connecting with yourself, alone with your own thoughts.

Alone time allows a person uninterrupted time to listen to their heart and mind.  This is important because minds can become busy and things get lost but when a person takes the time to listen, important things can be heard.  It’s also important to give your heart a chance to be heard.  Listening to your heart allows it to tell you what truly makes you happy, far beyond the superficial happiness.

This time gives a person time to reflect and recharge.  Those thoughts that are always pushed to the back of your mind, for whatever the reason may be, are brought forward and reflected upon.  The time alone gives you time to recharge from addressing those suppressed thoughts.  Today on my walk to yoga, I thought about my relationships and which I feel do not have a positive, equal energy flow.  This is a subject I have consciously suppressed but after taking the time to reflect and understand what I have been feeling, I now feel more capable of doing what is truly best for me.

I also feel more confident after spending time alone with my thoughts.  Alone time teaches you to love yourself and prevents you from being dependent on seeking approval; instead you become self approved.  Your mind, heart, and thoughts make up who you are.  If spending time alone creates an uneasy feeling, maybe it is time for a change.  Learn who you are, what makes you happy.  If you are unhappy, you are the one who has the power to make the change.

So next time you find yourself without any plans, don’t look at spending time alone as a negative.  Embrace the time you get to yourself.  Your mind, heart, and happiness will thank you for it.

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