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Lonely, but not lonely: how to enjoy your own company

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun6,2024

Lonely but not lonely: how to enjoy your company

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There is a significant difference between the concepts of being alone and feeling lonely. Being alone, or spending time with yourself, simply means not being in the company of other people. Instead, loneliness is an emotional feeling of disconnection, lack of support, or isolation.

Time alone has many benefits, including opening up new opportunities for introspection, relaxation, and personal development. This is stated on the Psychological Support platform.

If you learn to appreciate the time spent alone, it will help you develop a strong sense of your own “I”, will increase creativity, productivity and emotional well-being.

Loneliness can be a serious problem for some, but there are many ways to help cope with it.

1. Create a comfortable living space
Arrange a cozy place for yourself. Design your space to reflect your tastes and interests. Add coziness with lamps and lights, paintings, throws, pillows and pleasant aromas.

2. Learn something new
Use the opportunity to be as useful and productive as possible for yourself. Learn a new language, learn a musical instrument or a digital skill. This will significantly increase your self-confidence and open new horizons.

3. Keep physically active
Physical activity can be good for your health and mental well-being. Do an exercise you enjoy or dance to improve your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.

4. Connect with nature
The calming effects of nature can help reduce stress. Walking in the park, working in the garden, taking care of flowers or taking care of your pet can be a great way to spend time alone.

5. Immerse yourself in a good book
Immerse yourself in the world of exciting stories, or choose the world of psychology or history. It will help you take your mind off your worries, stimulate your imagination, better understand yourself and broaden your horizons.

6. Explore your creativity
Time alone can be a great opportunity for creative expression and self-discovery. Try to write a sequel to your favorite book or movie, start keeping a diary in your own style, start drawing, weaving, sculpting.

7. Give yourself pleasure
Listen to music, massage, take care of yourself, use sex toys. It will help you relax, feel happy and enjoy every moment.

8. Take a break from social media
Reduce the time you spend on social media to avoid feelings of inferiority and comparison. Instead, use your alone time to do worthwhile things that boost your self-esteem.

9. Become a volunteer
Become a volunteer during the war in Ukraine – it is not only an opportunity to help people who have suffered, but also to find meaning and feel connected with others.

10. Immerse yourself in adventure
Exploring new places can give you a sense of freedom and fulfillment. Plan a trip to discover new things about the world and yourself.

While solitude can be good for reflection, self-development, too much time without meaningful social interactions can lead to increased feelings of depression, anxiety, and disconnection from others .

Signs that your alone time has turned into unhealthy isolation:

  • constant feelings of sadness or anxiety when alone;
  • avoidance of social interactions , even when opportunities arise;
  • persistent feelings of loneliness or detachment;
  • distancing from any relationship;
  • loss of interest in activities that you liked;
  • a deep feeling of emptiness.

If you have any of these signs, it is important to seek help from a psychologist, psychoanalyst.< /p>

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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