Probably about three years ago, you would not find me alone much. I didn’t like it, because I easily got bored and didn’t know how to ‘entertain’ myself. During my internship, I lived by myself and I really had to learn to be alone. I didn’t find it easy, especially when I went to my own place after a full scheduled fun weekend with family and friends. Although I had to experience this difficult time for a while, I found it easier when I went to London for three months. I realized that having alone time also has many advantages and is actually good for you.
Now that I officially live by myself, I’m alone more often than before, but I don’t bother to do things by myself, and I think people underestimate the importance of being alone. Many people think that you don’t have friends to hang out with, or that you don’t have any social skills. So, hereby, I’d like to mention the plus side of it!
This is why you should love alone time:
1. You can do whatever you want to do and wear whatever you want to wear. Sweatpants and pizza? Netflix and chill? A bath with a scented candle? Or strolling around the internet (or the shopping street) to find the perfect shoes to add to your closet? C’est possible
2. Your self-confidence will grow, because you know how to handle things by yourself, and you know that you don’t specifically need someone to have a good time. In the end, the longest relationship in your life is with yourself, so you better make the best of it!
3. I can get relaxed more easily when I’m alone. You don’t have to talk about things, you don’t have to look good (or feel good), you’re just putting your mind on ‘relax mode’.
”I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and and not be defined by another person” – Oscar Wilde
Don’t know where to begin with loving to be alone? Find things you love to do, but do too little (because of school, work, your social agenda). Like reading books or magazines, watching a film or series you love, listening to music, redecorating or just moving furniture, or just hanging behind your laptop with a cup of tea (my personal favourite). Soon you will see that time flies when you’re having fun (alone)!
Q: What do you do during alone time?