- Quality of Life & Wellness
Why Isolation Can Be Good For You
What Is Isolation?
Recently, KeithJK of HubPages asked whether it is healthy to sometimes isolate yourself. This hub is composed in response to his discussion question.
Isolation refers to spending time alone. Being alone means many of the distractions that often take us away from planned tasks are removed. Common distractions include other people, social media websites, and telephones. Isolation is beneficial to the self as it is a great way to rejuvenate, to strengthen your sense of who you are, and to work through current conflicts.
Use isolation as a technique to refresh yourself. When you choose to spend time alone, the world around you becomes quiet. You are better able to focus on you alone rather than family demands and needs of other people.
Isolation forces a slowdown of activity while at the same time prompts you to step into the driver's seat. You determine what you do in your alone time. Quiet time can be spent relaxing and doing activities you enjoy that only involve yourself. Examples are taking a bubble bath, reading a book, and watching a favourite movie.
There are no demands from other people and their expectations are not in the same room as you. There is no pressure to make conversation, other than with the thoughts in your mind. The demands of other people, combined with trying to live up the expectations of others, can leave you feeling mentally tired. Take time during a period of isolation to give back to yourself. You will emerge rejuvenated and ready to tackle a new day when you emerge from the break.
Strengthens Your Sense of Self
Isolation is a great way to learn more about you. If you are alone in a room of your home, ask yourself what you and you alone, want to do right now. Isolation helps you figure out your own interests without distraction or peer pressure.
As well, isolation gives you time to get used to these special personal activities without interruption from other people. Your confidence in your abilities to do the specific activities increases as you complete them multiple times without an audience. You also begin to identify these actions with your sense of self. The activities become part of your self-worth. Your self-confidence increases as you solidify your sense of self.
Isolation is also beneficial to the self as it gives you the freedom to work through your current conflicts. The quiet time that is provided allows your mind the ability to wander at its own pace without talk from people around you. Your body and your mind slow down and relax. You have time to reflect on the current situation through the problem-solving process.
In isolation, you are able to concentrate more and therefore make progress at resolving your current dilemmas. A new type of resolution may occur to you when you are alone with your own thoughts.
While isolation has its benefits, do not discount time spent connecting with other people. Social activities are great ways to learn, have fun, and feel a sense of belonging. Periods of isolation are important, but they need to be balanced with relationships with other people. Individuals with depression do need to be careful of long periods spent in isolation as withdrawal can intensify the mood. A healthy lifestyle includes time for yourself as well as for social relationships. Balance is needed to fully feed the self.