Whether you find yourself working remotely in the absence of colleagues, or living a life of solitude as a solo home-owner, read on and discover why embracing alone time indoors can bring joy and peace to even the loneliest and longest of days…
IT BOOSTS PRODUCTIVITY
Working as part of a team, whether big or small, is great. After all, we are social beings and thrive on the energy of others. But it can also be incredibly distracting – especially if you work in a busy, past-faced environment, or a a noisy office. Working alone, in the comfort of your own home, gives you the chance to knuckle down in a quieter and calmer space, helping to boost concentration levels and allow you to get more done. Write to-do lists and rest in the knowledge that you now have the time to really focus on the tasks at hand without as many, or any, interruptions.
IT INCREASES GRATITUDE
For those who love socialising and being in the company of others, adjusting to a new and quieter way of life, filled with more ‘me-time’, can feel strange. But, as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder – and many of us will be longing for the days in which we can safely get together with friends and family again. Until then, now’s a great time to stop and be thankful for the people who mean most to you. Be sure to reach out to them via social media, or pick up the phone and say hello, most days. It’s also a great time to appreciate the beauty of nature, your favourite coffee shop or restaurant, going to the cinema or the spa, a feel-good session in the gym or a good old shopping spree – all the things we can no longer do (for now anyway), but miss so much.
IT MAKES YOU CONFRONT YOURSELF
Self-isolation means a lot of quality time spent with the person looking back at you in the mirror – and for some that can be quite hard. However, practicing self-reflection is one of the best things we can do for our mental health and wellbeing, so why not give it a go while you have the time? Get to know yourself by writing down a few habits you’d like to change and the things you like and dislike about yourself. Ask yourself, how can I improve? What do I like most about myself? What do I want out of life? Discover new things about yourself, now that you have more time to look inward. Shy away from makeup and embrace your natural beauty. Tell yourself kind words and treat yourself with care and compassion. A little self-love can go a long way.
IT PUTS THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE
Now’s the time to really appreciate what’s important in life and focus on the fundamentals: your health, your home, your loved ones and your general safety. Never before have the small and mundane things, which most of us take for granted, meant so much. Now’s the time to let go of grudges, stop complaining, realise the luxuries around you and seek joy in the small things. Having a warm roof over your head, food in the fridge and cupboards, hot water, a comfortable working space, TV and internet and a healthy body are all basic things – but right now, they feel like riches. Alone time and living a life free of day-to-day distractions, teaches you that.
IT FORCES YOU TO SLOW DOWN
Whether you’re single and living alone, hunkering down with housemates, setting up camp with your other half, or settling in to a new, quieter life at home with your kids and family, chances are, your daily life will have slowed down – and it’ll only continue to do over the coming weeks and months. For the busy-bodies out there, this might feel unnerving. Filling your time and running around like a headless chicken often creates a false sense of purpose and productivity – and it’s a great way of distracting yourself from your own emotions, such a fear, doubt or anxiety. Slowing down, however, forces you to confront such matters – and also allows you to be ‘in the moment’. Now that life has slowed down, make a conscious effort to ‘sit’ with your emotions as often as you can and relish in being ‘present’. There is so much clarity – and there are so many joys – to be found when you do.