Solitude is soul food. It is the decision you make when you want to revitalize yourself, to go deep into your heart and get in tune with your head. It is lighthearted or it is deep, and it is absolutely necessary. You may start to feel the signs of needing solitude slowly — feelings of spaciness, anxiety, negative thinking, or those pointless little tiffs you seem to be getting into with yourself or others.

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With the rise in technology and being constantly at reach by others, it can be hard to release these ways of thinking and feed your soul with some hard earned alone time. However, when life gets complicated, simplify with solitude. Here are some things solitude can do for you.

Enhance Relationships
How many times have you experienced this: you go throughout your day, taking care of others, taking care of work, trying to juggle family and other obligations, and then you are so exhausted that you get, well, cranky? When this happens, be gentle with yourself, because who wouldn’t feel short tempered with so much going on? This can be alleviated with some alone time. Alone time allows reflection of yourself, what you truly need, and what you need out of others.

Revitalizes Your Mind and Creativity
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” — Albert Einstein

When you are spending your time with others, even if it is with your family or roommates, your brain does not get too much rest. When you are alone, you are able to let your brain rest and recoup from constantly being engaged. This stimulates the creative flow by clearing your mind and allowing focus and energy to come through.

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Increases Energy and Productivity
As said before, solitude clears your mind and deepens thoughts. Therefore, concentration is heightened and you are able to focus more deeply on the task at hand. This enhances productivity, allowing everything you need to get done to be completed with ease and done correctly. This will give you far more energy than juggling the laundry list of daily distractions with the work you have to get done.

Get To Know Yourself
The most beautiful journey of life is self-discovery. Allow this time to get familiar with who you are and what you like, even if you know yourself deeply. This is total self-love. Think about it like meeting someone new, the more you spend time with them, the more you get to know them, trust them, and love them.

Do whatever it is you feel called to do in solitude — go outside in nature, take a walk to town, even close the door to your room or office and play your music. It will feel like a weight lifted off your shoulders and you can walk this life with softness of heart.

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Ani Ferlise
Written by Ani Ferlise
A wild woman living amongst the trees in Oregon, I can be found listening to classic rock, talking with my cat Patrick Swayze, and playing with crystals and herbs. I am the Creative Copywriter, creating content filled with how to enjoy the little things and the magic of every day life. I live my life by Bob Dylan’s quote: “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.”