The Importance of Spending Time Alone

Want to hear something mind blowing?

A recent study by Informate Mobile Intelligence shows that the average American spends 4.7 hours a day on their phones. That means in total, we spend about 71 days out of the year being on our cell phones. 

Imagine what you could do with all that extra time? You could go on a three week vacation to Europe. Or train for a half marathon. Or even write a doctoral thesis.

But instead, most of us are choosing to spend that much time consuming ourselves in text messages, emails, and notification after notification. *Insert sad violin song here*


The Negativity Associated With Alone Time

A lot of this phone consumption stems from the rise of social media and the internet in the last decade. Social media has created this sense of connection that is unlike anything we knew in the past. Now, if you aren’t checking your Facebook or Twitter accounts daily, you immediately begin to feel like you’re missing out on the latest updates and are disconnected from the world.  

But what we fail to realize is that all of this online communication is depriving us from real face-to-face, human interaction.

Think of how many times you’ve been sitting at the dinner table or have been out at a restaurant with friends and no one is talking or interacting, because everyone is staring at their cell phones. You know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s as if you’re sitting in the same room as someone else but there is a concrete wall dividing any form of communication.  

What’s even worse, is that this kind of communication also keeps us from having meaningful interactions with ourselves. 

Being Alone Comes With Many Benefits

Something special happens when you are alone.

First off, being alone allows you to drop your “social appearance” which allows you to think for yourself and access the intuitive aspects of yourself. Too often we get caught up in the attitudes or beliefs of those within our circle of influence and forget who we really are.  

Secondly, being alone tends to improve your relationships. Whether it be with family, friends, your spouse or your kids. You cannot possibly have a healthy relationship with others if you haven’t learned to have a healthy relationship with yourself.

Last but not least, spending time alone can greatly improve your mental and physical health. When you isolate yourself from the masses, your pulse naturally slows down and your muscles begin to relax. This greatly reduces stress, anxiety, and muscle tension or pain.  Spending time alone also helps you to think more clearly, so you can excel in daily life and achieve your goals.


Think Big but Start Small

I’m not recommending that you need to go book a week vacation by yourself after reading this article. (Although, that would be quite nice.) But I do think you should start with 10 minutes a day.

As you learn to naturally isolate yourself during times of high-stress or anxiety, begin to make alone time more of a part of your weekly routine.  Some people like to meditate, other people like to exercise or take a walk.  But if you’re really wanting to achieve max results – there is no better tool than a float tank itself.

Spending time by yourself should not be considered a bad thing, but rather an important tool in regards to our life and overall health. Give yourself the gift of solitude – it’s worth every single minute.


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Posted on July 23, 2015 and filed under Health & Wellness.