Here’s What Happens When You Spend Time Alone
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Here’s What Happens When You Spend Time Alone

Being alone. What does that even mean today in age? Are we ever really alone?

In case you haven’t noticed, we live in a time where the need of being “connected” is worth more than the time spent alone.

Relaxing poolside on the eastern Caribbean ocean.

It’s a world of constant contact, never-ending noises of notifications, texts, tweets, and emails.

The result of all this constant contact, and not unplugging from the noisy busy of connectivity to the rest of the world, is overly stressed people who forget that they too need to learn to unplug from the madness of it all.

Solitude. This is my word for 2017. Not because I want to become an introvert and distance myself from everything, but because let’s face it, my work depends on me staying connected.

sol·i·tude
ˈsäləˌt(y)o͞od/
noun
the state or situation of being alone.

Solitude is needed from time-to-time for your mental and emotional well-being. I will look at this as a professional plus – in order to live a truly fulfilled life, making time just for me, and learning how to enjoy spending time alone. And there are some amazing benefits/things that happen to you when you learn to spend the time needed alone.

Here’s What Happens When You Spend Time Alone:

1. Essential Recovery From Daily Life.

All of us, whether we are single, married, kids/no kids… we need to recharge! There is no better way to do this than to spend time alone. I like to call this my “Me Time”. My family understands that during this time I am not available for anything. This past summer we took a Carnival Cruise to Turks and Caicos, Half Moon Cay and Nassau Bahamas, and I did just that. My husband and I both had the opportunity to pick a day where we ventured off alone – no interruptions.

2. It Doesn’t Matter – Do What You Want!

I absolutely LOVE spending time with my friends and family, but so many times we have to compromise on what we all want to do. This leads to more stress for me, because 98% of the time I cave into what others want to do. I learn to make the best of it, but it doesn’t mean I don’t need the time to do my things either. Being alone does just that. I can do anything I am in the mood for. Some days I go out and run errands in silence, others I head to the gym and get a good workout in. What did I do during our summer cruise? Spa, shopping, swimming, reading, and even a nap!

“she savored her few hours of freedom and solitude”

3. You Learn to Enjoy Yourself.

When was the last time you truly enjoyed being alone? Spending time alone helps you to think clearly, from anyone’s opinions or influence. You get to learn to trust yourself and enjoying your own company will help boost your confidence. Sometimes we start to think that we need other people around because we are boring, or become restless while alone. The time alone helps you to see that you are enough.

4. You Appreciate Others.

As a military spouse, I am a firm believer that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. Having time alone lets you see others in a different light. I walk away with a renewed sense of gratitude and eager to spend time with my loved ones.

 

“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” -Ellen Burstyn

 

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines. The opinions and text are all mine.*

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