ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Completely Underrated: Alone Time

Updated on January 18, 2011

When was the last time you took some time for yourself?

It seems to me that people today don’t appreciate the wonders of alone time. Simple, quiet time to yourself spent reading, watching a movie, meditating, eating, or contemplating. Personally I can never seem to get enough alone time, and having my own personal space to do my own thing is critical to my happiness. But in a culture obsessed with partying and spending every waking minute keeping busy, I think people forget to take some time for themselves. Why is staying home on a Friday night a bad thing? Just because someone is spending a quiet evening by themselves does not make them sad or inept or antisocial.

Sometimes I actually cancel plans simply because I don’t want to go out; I don’t want to deal with people. Sometimes I much prefer staying in doing something I enjoy rather than going out for a night on the town, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, I think it’s a healthy attitude. I wish people would spend more time getting to know themselves and pursuing their solo interests rather than getting drunk every at every opportune moment. People can’t seem to tolerate being alone with themselves, which is a grave misfortune. We as a society are terrified of the prospect of being alone.The best company available to you is your own – you don’t have to worry about saying or doing the right things, impressing others, or looking a certain way. You have no one to impress, so just enjoy.

Sometimes you just have to take the phone off the hook and work through things - issues you’ve been avoiding thinking about, something that happened recently that’s bugging you. Devote some time to think about your life at this very moment – how have you been feeling lately? Are you happy with the way things are going? If not, is there something you could change? Life is lived forward but understood backward. Gain some perspective. Most people don’t understand themselves or know who they are or what they want or why they do what they do. This creates a vicious cycle of mistakes and regrets that are committed again and again because there is no thought given to them. Devote some time to you, and you will reap the benefits.

It’s also essential to enjoy your own company. Make a day out of it, even. Need some ideas? Get all dressed up, knowing that no one else will see. Cook yourself a scrumptious dinner and enjoy it by candlelight. Read a novel with a hot beverage or settle down to watch a favourite movie. Write. Create. Work on a hobby of yours. Dance like no one’s watching, because no one is watching. Sing at the top of your lungs. Take a nice long bubble bath. Paint your nails. Work out. Try something new – a new recipe, a new makeup look, a new perfume.

As Buddha once said,

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”

So don’t be afraid of who you are. Don’t be afraid to love yourself.

I don’t care who you are or where you’ve been or what you have to do. Find a quiet space, and be alone. Entertain and nourish yourself. Be happy. Take deep breaths. Relax.

And repeat. Frequently.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • ms_independent profile imageAUTHOR

      Celine 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I see that you are also one of the few people who can appreciate the value of taking time to reflect and get to know oneself. Good to know I'm not the only one :)Thanks so much for the feedback!

    • Bella Nina profile image

      Bella Nina 

      6 years ago from USA

      I liked your hub, and I agree with the importance of spending alone time. That does not equal lonely. This was a great reminder to not only take time to and for ourselves, but to make it a priority, and a way of life. Great hub.

    • Sarah Masson profile image

      Sarah 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I love my alone time. I think everyone needs some to stay sane

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)