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Why Isolation Can Be Good For You

Updated on August 10, 2012
No distractions. Empty fields in West Lancashire.
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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.

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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.

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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.

Put the pieces together to find a solution.
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The Balance

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.

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @lovedoctor, it sounds like you have your priorities in check. I need to check my email more often due to the nature of my work but that is great that you have freedom from technology. Thanks for stopping by to comment and your compliments too!

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      6 years ago

      I love spending quiet time alone. Isolation is beneficial and it's a good way to recharge your batteries. Every single one of us needs it. Second, being in complete isolation allows me to get so many more things accomplished without the daily interruptions. For instance, I no longer check my emails daily. I might read them at the end of the day and reply at the end of the week. Awesome hub.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Gareth, Thanks for stopping by. I am not sure about any reading sources but I will keep your comment up in case anyone stopping by have further information for you.

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      6 years ago

      This is a very inspiring piece, and I am currently doing research into architectural ways we can generate 'isolation' for those who need it in busy, built up areas, does anyone have any suggestions for books or theorists to read?

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @lovedoctor926, yes time alone can be useful! Thanks for stopping by.

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      6 years ago

      I enjoy spending time alone. I can accomplish a lot more in less time. Great hub. thanks for sharing

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Alocsin, thanks for the read and vote. As my hub points out being alone can be beneficial for you.

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I agree with your benefits since I probably like to spend more time by myself than most people . Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @rajan, the days do move so quickly. You are correct that time alone slows down the process and allows us to be more in tune with our thoughts. Thank-you for your insightful comment and vote.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Christy, looking inwards, inside oneself is extremely necessary not only to find solutions to problems but also to destress. In this rat race for survival it becomes very necessary that we spare some time for the self alone.

      Voted up and useful.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Sunshine, you are appreciating your quiet time and that is important :) Thanks for all of your encouragement with my time here on HP!

      @Posh, Nice to see you here! I do hope that more people realize the importance of taking time alone to reflect. Hehe number 50 is associated with isolation, that seemed to not lend well to a group party :) Thanks for your support and comment!

      @John, Even people who live alone get caught up in daily activities outside of the house that involve other people. Learning to say 'no' to some of the expectations and be alone are also important for people to do so that they do not feel worn down. Thank-you for your comments.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Emily, It sounds like you have a good idea about balance and how to achieve it for yourself. What a healthy perspective you have! Great to hear. Thanks for your feedback :)

      @Natasha, You are not alone! I am hearing from a lot of people here in the comments section who identify with having time alone. Enjoy your time and rest, it is a good way to rejuvenate :)

      @neeleshkulkarn, I am glad that I was able to write about what you expected to be part of the hub. I like that you call my writing well-balanced, that's a great comparison! Thanks for your comment here.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Rolly, Your time alone has served you well to help you become the independent soul and writer we see in your hubs today. Balance is so important and I hope the hub helps people understand that time alone can be a positive thing when balanced with social activities.

      @Tammy, Quiet time can be a good time to reflect. You are right that often stress takes us to those quiet moments. I am glad you have found a place to go that suits you. Thanks for your comment!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I appreciate times in isolation. I'm glad it's not because I'm spending time in prison. I hope you get that joke!:))

      Congrats on your 50th Hub!!

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      Steve Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire


      Good job. I would love to get some isolation. They don't understand why we need it here at home. Sometimes we just need to clear our minds.

      50th Hub....why no celebration?

      You are really moving things on now.

      Well done.

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      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nice hub Christy. It's important to be alone at times. But I was wondering, are you referring to people who live with other people needing to spend time alone? Because, if you live/are alone - what's the purpose of doing this?

      Voted up


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      6 years ago

      Great hub Christy! I enjoy my alone time for sure, but try to limit the amount of time in which I isolate myself from others. But since I work with the public, when I get alone time I really cherish it and enjoy it. Great hub!

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      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I think some people don't understand that I like to be left alone at times. I genuinely enjoy not being around people, from time to time. Thanks for letting me know I'm not crazy or alone in the way I think! Voted up and useful.

    • neeleshkulkarni profile image


      6 years ago from new delhi

      as i was reading through the article i had the same thoughts in my mind as you mention in the end under balance.

      excellent article, and yes ,well balanced too.

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... Great subject and one which always interested me. Isolation can be very rewarding as I learned years ago. The key is to find a balance like you have pointed out. We can be good company but after a while we do need others.

      While in the Yukon as you may be aware I had the privilege of being dropped into some of the most remote location only accessible by helicopter with only my supplies and dog. I would spend as much as three weeks at a time the closest people hundreds of miles away. It was a great place for me to rediscover the man in me.

      Great read and very well done...

      Hugs from Alberta...

    • tammyswallow profile image


      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great ideas! I enjoy my quiet time alone and have since I was young. When life gets stressful, I like to be alone, preferably in the woods. Great hub!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @iamaudrealeigh, Thank-you! Your comment is so thoughtful and kind.

      @hectordang, Exactly, balance is important between social activities and time spent alone. Share with the world your talents :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jesshubpages, thanks for the great compliment! Yes alone times can be very important. Have a great day :)

      @Marc, I am enjoying my time at HP! Hehe as for your term 'anti-person-social' I think that instead you just know what company you prefer. Perhaps you have come up with a new Word Of The Day for your blog post tomorrow!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @thougtforce, you are quite right that this is a different take on our days rather than socializing. That is what drew me to the topic. I think both social and solitary activities are important to maintain our sense of self. Thanks for the reads and shares!

      @Deborah, time for yourself every now and then is important. Balance with your responsibilities and reach out to others to help you. Hugs to you.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @billybuc, thanks for the positivity of your comment! You sound in your writing like you have a good balance between isolation and companionship. You are on the right track!

      @ziyena, Thank-you for the vote and comment!

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      6 years ago

      This is a must read! I voted up and shared! I really liked when you stated..."Take time during a period of isolation to give back to yourself. "

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      6 years ago from New York

      Yes, it's time to have some solitude and think time to self at times. Just don't do it all the time and become a hermit! The world loves you :)!

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      6 years ago

      There are times that we need to be alone to ponder upon very important matters in life. This is a great hub Cristy!

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Great hub, Christy! You're on a real writing role now, aren't ya! I don't like to be alone, but i do prefer the company of animals to that of people! (does that make me anti-person-social?)

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      This is a very interesting subject and I wish that I had more time for myself! Nowadays the focus is mainly on socializing so this was a pleasant change. We need time to catch up with ourselves in our busy way of living! Interesting and useful hub, voted up and more, and shared!


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Thank you for an interesting hub.. this is something I need to think about. I need some alone time for myself.but i have so many responsibilitys

      voted up


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have finally found a balance between isolation and the need to be with others. Isolation is important; I use it to organize my thoughts, sift through my feelings and make plans for each day. After awhile I grow tired of talking to myself and seek out Bev for she stabilizes me. Great hub it!

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      Ziyena Brazos 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in Time ...

      Very nice hub. voting up


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