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Spending time alone leads us on a journey of real self-discovery. Setting aside a small amount of time each day can really help our levels of inner wellbeing. With technology innovating to keep us constantly engaged with an instant connection, we are faced with a fast life and a new generation who have rarely experienced real alone time. This encourages a disconnection to self and this leads to a struggle to find happiness.
Here’s why it’s important to spend some time alone:
- It provides opportunity to clear your mind and give your brain a chance to recharge and reset.
- Time for reflection, appreciation, gratitude and observation.
- Boosts self-awareness and a deeper understanding of your emotions.
- Allows you to reconnect with YOU. To re-establish your purpose and motivation, your reason for being without external influences.
- Quiet time allows for pathways that become blocked by life’s distractions to reopen.
- It helps you gain fresh perspectives.
- When you make space, concentration increases and productivity and creativity flows more freely.
- You’ll learn to trust your intuition and find freedom to think for yourself.
- There’s an inner peace that comes with spending time on your own
We all know we need to spend time alone—but most of the time we think we’re too busy, or act this way to avoid feeling lonely. Solitude is a positive and constructive state used for inner reflection, which creates space for growth on a soul level. It´s essential to get grounded and rounded as a human being. We need a lot more alone time to carry the rest of life easily and smoothly.
Being overly busy with a long ´to do´ list is common for most of us these days. The urge to be busy defines our modern living and rest seems to come secondary to work for most people. It´s something we try and find time for in between running around getting things done.
In his new book, ‘Rest’, author Alex Pang argues that we can be more successful in all areas of our lives by recognising the importance of rest. ‘Working better does not mean working more, it means working less and resting better´, says Alex. We know that real rest can help us to reset and recharge and create space for new ideas and creativity to flourish and blossom. So how do we find rest?
My favourite way to rest is looking out on some beautiful scenery. I live in a forest in Ibiza, so its easy to find some green nature around. I find that daily meditation practice is so important for me to help get rest in a busy life as a working mum. When I walk, I find the ideas flow and I feel more creative. Finding time to walk every day isn´t easy but it is worth it.
More than 18,000 in 34 countries took part and showed that 68% of the public felt they needed more rest. Clear results showed that the most restful activities were those done alone. The top ten restful activities were found to be:
- Being in nature
- Being on your own
- Listening to music
- Doing nothing in particular
- Having a bath or shower
- Watching TV
- Meditating or practicing mindfulness
The analysis team noticed that a significant number of the top ten restful activities chosen by participants are often carried out alone.
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