#0062: Alone Time

Every day, we are surrounded by other people.  You get up in the morning surrounded by family; you drive to work surrounded by other people doing the same thing; at work you’re surrounded by co-workers; at lunch you’re surrounded by other fast-food customers; and when you get back home, you’re once again surrounded by family.

All this interaction with others during the day is all well and good, but at some point it can be quite draining.  People feed off other people’s energy, and at some point others can literally zap the gusto out of you.

It’s nice, then, when you can somehow manage to work in just a little bit of time during the day to get away from other people and be by yourself. Why?

1. IT GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO RELAX AND RECHARGE

Interacting with people is a HUGE exercise.  You have to use most of your senses, you’re constantly moving around, and your brain has to keep coming up with things to say.  Getting some alone time allows you to take things at a pace that’s mellower, and regroup yourself before going back into the socializing world.

2. IT HELPS YOU TO GATHER YOUR THOUGHTS

Sure, throwing around ideas with others can be a good way to figure out a way to do things.  But hearing all those people throw ideas out at one time can actually distract you from thinking out the full extent of how an idea could work.  Alone time lets you block out all those other voices so you can use your inner voice to have a complete thought.

3. YOU CAN CATCH UP ON THINGS YOU’VE BEEN MEANING TO DO

It’s hard to read a book, work on a business plan, walk the dog, or do grocery shopping when there’s other people around.  Yes, it can be done, but it’s much more effective to do these and other things when it’s just you doing it by yourself.

4. IT CAN BE A GREAT WAY TO AVOID HEIGHTENING AN ARGUMENT

When interacting with people, it’s inevitable that someone is going to make you upset.  When this happens, taking a break from the fight to be alone and think about what you want to say can end up being more effective in the long run than trying to continue an argument at full speed.  Many couples have broken up because one person said something to the other that they wish they could take back – if they had just taken some time to themselves, they probably would have talked themselves out of saying it in the first place!

In short: don’t think you have to always be around people.  It’s a good idea every once in a while to remove yourself from others and be by yourself!

Ah, alone time… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!

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