Spending your time alone can feel very… lonely. But having some alone time can be important for your health and well being. Whether you’re trying to figure out how you can feel happier about spending more time alone, or you feel unhappy every time you’re alone and want to become used to your own company, there are several things you can do to try and feel more positive about spending time without others.
Listen to your own opinions
When you spend plenty of time with other people, it can be difficult to sit back and just listen to your own opinions for a while. We can often become too worried about what other people think – about us, about the world, and about everything in between. Spending time alone allows you to worry less about what other people are thinking, and instead concentrate more on your own valuable opinions.
Take up a hobby you enjoy
If you can associate spending time alone with something that makes you happy, you won’t struggle much to feel happy when you’re alone. Rather than looking to other people for happiness, you’ll start to understand that you can be very happy on your own. Whether you enjoy going for walks, doing something creative or indulging in an embarrassing TV show that you wouldn’t dare to share with anyone else, do something you love.
Create individual goals
Those who are used to spending time with lots of other people can easily lose sight of their individual goals and ambitions. You might start creating goals which are more centered around you and other people – for example, travelling with other people, building a home with somebody, starting a company with a business partner. Take some time to understand that you can achieve great things yourself, and even if you need to partner with others, you can undertake a large portion of work yourself and meet smaller goals without relying on other people.
Do things alone
Sitting at home and worrying about being alone is no way to build your confidence and become happier alone. In order to realize how happy being alone could make you, you’ll need to start doing things alone. Book a short trip away for one, even if it’s just a drive away or a train journey. Stay in a hotel or caravan on your own, and when the next blockbuster hit comes out, buy one ticket and enjoy the experience of the cinema alone.