[A collaboration post – all thoughts are my own.]
Do you enjoy being alone?
Being the only child in my family and having hard-working parents has led me to spend more time alone at home. This, I believe, continued until I was 21 years old. Perhaps the neighbors or other people feel sorry for me when they see me returning from school or leaving the house alone. But when I’m by myself, I feel completely comfortable.
Being “alone” is considered a bad thing by certain people. It either implies that you are antisocial or unwanted, neither of which is a nice situation to be in.
Many people who are affected by the COVID-19 problem are forced to stay at home and are unable to visit with friends and relatives. Perhaps this is the time when being alone hurts the most. However, there are a few advantages to learning to appreciate solitude, so being alone isn’t always a bad thing. What I’m trying to say is that you will grow once you learn to enjoy being alone.
You’ll be more aware of your own feelings
When you’re constantly surrounded by other people, you have to pay attention to and try to read their feelings. Such a degree that you risk losing sight of your own feelings.
You will have a better understanding of your own feelings if you learn to enjoy being alone. You will have a greater understanding of what makes you happy, what makes you angry, and what makes you depressed.
Knowing this makes it simpler to keep your emotions in check. But understanding your feelings comes from spending some time alone.
You will have time to recharge
When we are surrounded by other people, we frequently use a lot of energy. We are trying to make others laugh, keep them happy, read their emotions, and all the other pressure that comes with routine interaction.
It might be mentally exhausting if you’re always connected to other people. You can recharge and take a break from the mentally and emotionally exhausting nature of constant engagement by spending some time by yourself.
You’ll become more productive
Being in the company of other people can be fun and entertaining, but it can also seriously affect your productivity. There are times when being in someone else’s company is nothing more than a distraction from your job. I totally feel that when I work outside with my friend; either we keep talking about random things or I can’t focus because someone else is keeping me company.
While being around others can be enjoyable and engaging, it can also negatively impact your ability to get things done. Alone time can be one of my most productive periods of time because there are fewer distractions and I can focus better on my translation projects without interruptions. This is truly something that benefit me as a freelance translator.
You’ll start doing things you actually enjoy
When you’re always with other people, you’re constantly making compromises to come up with ideas that the whole group can appreciate. And sadly, your interests may not always align with those of the group.
So, once you realize that being alone gives you more freedom to pursue the things you genuinely want to do, it is simple to like being alone.
You’ll give up seeking approval
We frequently think we must seek approval from our friends and family before acting. We frequently ask others for advice on what to do next. Of course, there are situations in which asking for advice is not only entirely acceptable but also absolutely important. But there are other situations as well where we can act alone without asking anyone else.
You’ll learn to trust your gut and make judgments without seeking others’ approval as you start to enjoy being alone.
You won’t have to please everyone
Relationships are a big part of life, and most of them only continue as long as both sides are happy. Depending on the person you have that relationship with, that could turn into a draining job. Now, not just personal relationships are covered by this; all relationships are included.
When you’re alone, your happiness is the only one that matters at that specific moment. It’s okay to reward yourself with something that makes you happy but may upset someone else.
You’ll feel more independent
You’ll feel more comfortable being alone once you start to enjoy being by yourself. You will eventually experience a greater sense of independence.
Once you learn to enjoy being by yourself, you won’t have that anxiety or intense desire for company anymore. You won’t experience the urge for regular social interaction or the fear that comes with being the only person in the room when you look around.