Being alone and being lonely are two different things. Humans are social beings and we like being around people. But then there are times of overload, when all we want to do is run away and seek solitude. Sometimes we just need some me time. This doesn’t mean cutting off from the rest of the world. It’s just taking a mini break to come back wiser. Read ahead on how to enjoy your own company because shutting off and enjoying your own company comes with its own set of benefits.
If you’re friends with yourself, you’ll never be alone. A lot of people aren’t comfortable enough in spending time alone, and that’s what we’re here to talk about today.
7 Ways of how to enjoy your own company and be happy alone
1. Let those creative juices flow
Being alone gives you the golden opportunity to unleash your creative side. Whenever I feel that I’m stuck on something or experiencing the writer’s block, I try and take time off.
When you’re alone, you can lose yourself in work. And when you lose yourself in work, you create something beautiful. Find time to pursue an old habit – painting, sketching, poetry.
2. Enjoy quiet moments
Take a break from the chaotic concrete world and rejuvenate with some quiet moments. All through the week we’re hustling, chasing deadlines, and juggling stress. So on a weekend, why not enjoy your own company. It is a lot of fun.
Take time out to do something you adore and do it all by yourself. Put on your favorite playlist, cook a delicious meal, binge watch a series, or maybe be a slouch and read on the couch all day! The idea is to cherish the silence and let your mind do all the talking.
3. Loner ‘Me Time’
I was so uncomfortable going out just by myself, be it a lunch date, shopping, or a movie outing. So one day I took the plunge and guess what, it was so enjoyable.
Going out for lunch or movie just by yourself is such a different and amazing experience. You can take time to look around, observe things, be laidback, and just be yourself.
4. You become independent
If you’re someone who has always been cocooned by family or friends, then breaking that shell can be tad bit difficult. But trust me when you do it and start spending time with yourself, you’ll enjoy it a lot.
You’ll start to recognize the fun and effectiveness of your independence, even in small ways. And this is such a happy feeling!
5. Take a Solo Trip
When was the last time you went on a trip alone? As adventurous as it may sound, taking a solo trip can be the best decision of your life. Traveling to new destinations widens your horizon. You meet new people, make friends, explore cultures, get a better understanding of life. And all this becomes better when you enjoy your own company.
6. Boosts self esteem
Spending time alone and enjoying your own company is a great confidence booster. When you’re with yourself you realize your worth. You understand that you’re worth it and that sense of self is clear. There isn’t a need to please anyone and you can be your true self without any inhibitions.
7. You appreciate people
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Time spent alone gives you a chance to see people in new light. You re-evaluate your relationships and begin to value your social time more. It also gives you time to consider and sense if any relationship is smothering you.
It brings a grounded sense of self and gratitude. You appreciate people for their integrity and for who they are.
Self reflection is important to know who you are and what your feelings are. Going on a loner date with yourself gives you all the time in the world to take time off and think about all these good things. So what are you waiting for, go enjoy some ‘me time’.
Before you leave, do read our 5 ways of how to be happy inspite of hardships in life.