Alone Time: The Untold Benefits of Spending Time Alone

Boosting Your Mental Health by Mastering the Art of Being Alone

One recent morning, I found myself walking alone on a quiet, winding trail. The path was challenging to follow and covered in snow, but the warmth of the sun on my face made it all worth it. As I climbed uphill, I missed my partner, but felt grateful for the opportunity to visit my sister, whom I don’t get to see often. I spent a few hours by myself that day and experienced a range of emotions, from curiosity and anxiety to joy. It was a refreshing period of solitude that left me feeling calmer and clearer than when I had started out.

As adults in the UK and US, we spend around one-third of our waking hours alone. This number increases as we get older and more people live alone than ever before in many places. In fact, according to a recent survey of 75 countries, 17 of them have over 25% solo households. Historically, social creatures like us have been encouraged to avoid time alone, but research now suggests that spending time away from the crowd can actually be beneficial for our health and well-being. Moreover, there is evidence that alone time can help us feel better emotionally and mentally. So why do we feel so good when we’re by ourselves?

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