Each and every one of us has their own perception of what their time alone means to them. However, if there’s on common denominator to down time, it’s that every one of us needs it. For me personally, if I don’t get my alone time I become a complete wreck. You can only imagine what kind of mental damage the COVID-19 pandemic has done to people who cherish time alone.
But let’s get back to the importance of said alone time. Frankly, it doesn’t even matter what the alone time is for. It could be meditation. It could be watching television. It doesn’t matter. I think it’s crucial that all of us have alone time every single day for whatever period of time it is. Even if you’re the kind of person that always wants to be around others, you need to be alone. In fact I’d argue that it’s even more important for those types because God forbid a pandemic does come and puts us all in isolation, we need to be prepared for that.
The fact is, you can’t always rely on other people. By no means am I saying that you shouldn’t rely on other people. In fact that’s one of the most important mental wellness steps in our entire lives. Being able to lean on others in any capacity if crucial to our survival and development. But as I said, we cannot ALWAYS rely on others.
It’s also important to develop this skill from a very very young age. How do we do this? Or how can we can START doing this? Remember to take some time out for yourself each day. Even if it’s five minutes and choose something, ANYTHING to do alone. We can get into all the activities at another time. Just remember that alone time is good.