Spend Time Alone to Rejuvenate Body, Mind, and Soul

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Take Care of Body, Mind, and Soul

The question, "Is it normal to want to be alone," posed by Hub Pages writer Susana S in early March of this year, raised both quick answers and a feeling of compassion in me.

In our current world, people give too little attention to cultivating health of body, mind, and spirit. While it is trendy to care for one’s self among those few who have plenty of money and free time, those people are a very small proportion of humanity.

Most people in this world must work night and day just to make ends meet, and many individuals have no work, which results in extreme poverty and lack of basic human needs such as shelter and food. Those people rarely have time, means, or strength to care for their bodies, minds, and spirits, though it is common knowledge that even the poorest person can appreciate spiritual moments and find solace in self care, just like his/her wealthy brother or sister.

It is sad that most people do not know how important it is to take time alone regularly if one is to create and maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Taking time alone does not mean becoming a hermit or living away from others for extended periods. Loving relationships, family, friends, and associates, are crucial to good health and happiness. Being alone for long periods can result in loneliness and isolation from family, friends, and society. That is counterproductive to health, since we all need loving relationships to flourish. However, everyone also needs some time alone to take stock of and care for one’s body and mind and to focus awareness on one’s spirit and communicate with one’s higher power or God.

Caring for the Body

It is common knowledge that human beings need adequate food, sleep, exercise, and (for those of age) sex to be healthy. Yet, jobs, school, hobbies, and other commitments often demand so much that people neglect taking care of their physical needs. People need to make sure to balance their lives by making time for adequate physical self-care, including bathing, resting, exercise, caring for one’s possessions, monitoring one’s health, and de-stressing—just to name a few of the many important responsibilities we each have to our bodies.

Sometimes people forget how hard they work themselves, making healthy physical routines fly out the window as a result. Often people work multiple jobs, taking stimulants or drinking excessive amounts of caffeinated beverages to get through their workloads, just to pay their bills. When they finish work, they are too exhausted to exercise or for sex. They have little appetite or often eat unbalanced diets or too much food as further stimulus, attempting to power through excessive work. Their bodies are tired and sore from work, even if their job is not primarily physical, and yet quality, adequate sleep often remains elusive, due to irregular schedules, inability to relax, and many other factors that inhibit healthy sleep patterns. Working behind a desk on computer for several hours a day takes a toll on one's circulation, muscle tone, and overall health. Long hours driving to and from work or hassling with public transportation's delays and transfers provide additional stress. It is very important for people to recognize their physical limits and organize their lives so that they can make time to recharge regularly, daily if possible. To organize and regularly practice simple actions like performing yoga or other exercises in the morning, making a healthy breakfast, getting eight hours of sleep, and watching one’s diet requires quite a bit of focus and attention from an individual.

Caring for the Mind

Our minds, too, need time alone. If we constantly interact with others, taking responsibility for others’ problems and concerning ourselves with others’ ideas, desires, and activities, we lose track of our own thoughts or never fully develop them. Reading, researching, writing poetry or prose, playing a musical instrument, and enjoying a solitary hobby such as painting are examples of activities that stretch the mind and provide individuals with inner space and time for reflection, deep thought, philosophical analysis, and other positive, solitary mental activity.

Spiritual Self-Care

Spiritual activities are often shared with one or many others, such as in church or group meditations. However, the solitary spirit can—and arguably, must—search for and find his/her higher power, or God. The individual spiritual experience is crucial to human development and happiness, and that experience often happens when one is alone. It is easy to nourish one’s spiritual connection with the higher power, and with the entire universe, when alone. This is a commonly lauded experience, the solitary soul communing with God or higher power as that soul strolls alone on the beach, walks in the woods, or sits in sunlight.

Humans should all welcome regular time alone as a means to care for themselves, body, mind, and soul. Our lives would be healthier and happier as a result, and we would have more joy to share with others as well.

Relaxing in Child's Pose (Hatha Yoga)

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Listening to Classical Music Can Be Very Relaxing

Inner Strength

in the middle of the day

(middle of my life)

I find myself

alone

no companion with whom to converse,

together to read a book, take a class

or just chatter on and on

about anything and everything

pick and chew our way

through huge dinner salads,

a friend to whom I might wish good night

a lover to caress until we fall asleep together

although alone, I am free

to relax, revel, let time slow

until my mind makes sense of things,

until the air streams through my lungs, becoming

blood running through my veins

now healthy red instead of blue,

now filled with oxygen,

infusing me with ease and health,

worry gone

I sit at my desk

plan dinner, write my thoughts

watch, feel the day unwind around me,

late June sun banks its ferocity until tomorrow,

cool river breezes gently swirl through the room,

mothers call children to supper

shades drawn, mind open to the air,

to the thoughts and lives of all around me,

I am not completely alone

even though no one shares my day,

the world sings and throbs with life around me

I am not afraid

About "Inner Strength"

I wrote "Inner Strength" around 2004, as part of a series of poems; the series is titled, "Sacred Space: Reclamation Project." The idea of creating a sacred space is common to many cultures and spiritual disciplines. Sacred spaces can be used for rejuvenation as well as devotion, creative work, or simple appreciation of a moment in life. "Reclamation Project" refers to reclaiming or restoring one's inner power, life, joy, spirit, balance, etc. As mentioned above in this article, restoring one's inner life is one of the best things to focus upon when taking time alone.

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Spend Time Alone to Rejuvenate Body, Mind, and Soul 13 comments

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sandrabusby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

I did a double take when I saw the title of your hub because, in my head, I am planning one with the exact same title. I so agree with all that you say, but now I will have to see if I have anything to add. I live alone and like it; but it is a bit more difficult to keep your emotional supply lines full. Requires more reaching out. Hubpages has been a gift for me in that sense. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby


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healingsword 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Sandra,

Thanks for your comment. I think your Hub on this topic would easily be different and original; I'd like to read it! As an English Instructor, I often read/grade scores of essays on the same topic by 30 or more students in my class. Usually each is notably unique. And yes, it is challenging to remain healthy emotionally when living alone. I don't think humans are meant to live completely alone; we need love and companionship, family and friends. I agree, HubPages is one kind of extended family, and I love that about it :-). Glad to meet you.


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healingsword 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Starting a biz,

Thank you so much for your praise. I am not adept at reaching out--I'm actually rather shy and introverted. Also, I dislike routine, and discipline seems like a burden rather than a help. However, I've had to learn discipline through work, school, and other commitments, and perhaps some of it has rubbed off. If I were really disciplined, I'd write at least one or two new Hubs each week. I have neglected writing new Hubs when swamped with other work. Now I am on one week vacation from two of my jobs, so took the time to write a Hub. I teach writing online and when I can get a class, on ground at community college. I also work in a coffee shop, tutor, and am training to be a yoga teacher. I'd hoped to find full time teaching work by now, and still hope to do that. Honestly, though, I crave time when I can set aside any "to do" lists, turn the clock away from me, and just follow my body and mind's natural rhythms, writing, cooking, being with loved ones, puttering, etc.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I enjoy my time alone! I am a true introvert. I like my company. I enjoy my family and my dog, but there are times that I just want to be alone. Great Hub.


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healingsword 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Mary615,

Yes, I can relate to your "true introvert" self-description! I have learned to open up to others and know that I need family and friends. However, without regular time alone, I am not myself--it's hard to process things deeply, and then there are the activities like writing poetry (and Hubs) that really need alone time. Thanks for your comment, Mary!


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Thank you for writing a great hub on this important topic. I believe it's vital for people to spend time alone so they can have a chance to reflect on life. Loved the poem as well. Voted up, beautiful, and interesting (:


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healingsword 4 years ago from California Author

Thank you, Olde Cashmere, for reading and for your comments. Glad you liked the poem...I wasn't sure about including it, but went with my desire to share. I'm looking forward to reading more of your Hubs, as well. Write on!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

There was a time not that long ago when the thought of spending periods of time alone would have terrified me. Now I crave my solitude - for all the reasons that you have stated here. I love your poem also - it makes being alone very appealing. This is a lovely hub and for those who are frightened of being alone, this dispels the fear. Thank you for sharing. My votes and best wishes to you, healingsword, from Annie.


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healingsword 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Annie, Thank you for your wonderful comment. Solitude is not always lonesome and blue; it can be joyful and inspiring. However, we all need others, and I am happy to find this great writing community, including you! Great to meet you.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I definitely feel being alone to meditate, pray, walk in nature, do a hobby, read or just rest rejuvenates body, mind and soul and helps maintain a healthy balance in life.

I enjoyed this well written hub, especially the Inner Strength poem that you wrote.

Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.


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healingsword 4 years ago from California Author

Thank you for reading and for your kind comment, Happyboomernurse! I am glad you enjoyed the poem and shared the Hub. Enjoy the autumn approaching--definitely my favorite season!


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kerlund74 23 months ago from Sweden

Very important hub that I think many people needs to read. I have my time alone every morning 5-6 AM and I spend it with yoga, reflection and writing. It is a great way to start a new day:)


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healingsword 23 months ago from California Author

Hi Kerlund74, Thank you for your supportive comment and for reading my Hub! You must be a morning person by nature, Kerlund74--I am struggling to change my schedule to get up early and do my yoga and reflection then, rather than staying up into the wee hours as I have been for the last decade. It's a hard switch, but will keep me steady since I will be teaching a morning class weekly now. No matter when one takes that time for oneself, it truly makes the difference, returning one to a place where he or she can again hear the "still voice within."

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