Sunday, 12 April 2020

The bright side of self-isolation: 10 benefits of being alone

Man walking through the trees
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Back in the day, when I was in school, loneliness was synonymous with being uncool. If you were on your own, it meant that you were an outcast, shunned by society. Loneliness was an unwanted thing, to be avoided at all costs. The problem with these social ideas is that over time, your personal beliefs become infected by it. I viewed my loneliness as a symptom of failure - not an opportunity for growth.

The coronavirus pandemic has turned this social worldview of loneliness upside down. Self-isolation is a necessity. The need to stay at home means that we began spending more time in our own company.

Humans are social animals driven to interact and form connections in order to strive in life. According to research, loneliness can lead to mental health struggles and depression. Researchers argue that loneliness 'can make you sick' (Canli, 2017). To some extent, loneliness can feel devastating, especially if it is caused by abandonment.

There is a view that we need other people in order to strive and keep sane. That said, everyone is different, introverts may rejoice at the thought of isolation, in contrast, extroverts may find spending time alone far more difficult.

In this post, I will discuss how you can use loneliness as an opportunity for growth. I will also explore how to change your perspective about being lonely and challenge the belief that being on your own is a sign of failure.  I am here to show you that self-isolation is not all doom and gloom, there are many benefits of loneliness.

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