The idea of being alone can bring up mixed responses. Some people actually look forward to it, whereas for others, the thought of having to spend time on their own can bring up emotional reactions or fears.
Alone time can occur a couple of ways. Firstly, it can be planned, which can include:
- Scheduling time regularly for review and reflection.
- Going for a walk on our own.
- Taking a trip and getting away from our day-to-day activities.
- Experiencing something new on our own such as going to an event, taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill.
Secondly, it can be unplanned, which can include:
- Losing a partner or loved one we have come to rely and depend on.
- Losing a job, which can affect our identity and confidence.
- Feeling like we have so much to do and we have to do it all ourselves.
Whichever way we look at it, being alone can have both positive and negative consequences, however, there is a lot we can gain if we build in alone time into our daily, weekly or monthly schedule.