Thursday, April 4, 2013

Benefits of Solitude

Solitude is a lost art these days. We live in a time of increased connectedness, and while I recognize the beauty of this global community, I do think there’s a need to step back from it on a regular basis.

Some of my favorite activities include being alone and away from all the sources of stress that can come from the outside world. I love to be alone with my thoughts and just disconnecting, finding the quiet.

Don’t get me wrong: I love being with loved ones, and chatting with a friend over common interests is something I appreciate. But solitude is an absolute necessity for me.

Here are just a few of the benefits I’ve found from solitude:

Allows you to reboot your brain and unwind.

Helps to improve concentration and increase productivity.

Gives you an opportunity to discover yourself and find your own voice.

Provides time for you to think deeply.

Aids you in working through problems more effectively.

Increases your self-esteem, which positively impacts your outside relationships as well.

There are many more benefits, those are just a few off the top off my head. The real benefits of solitude cannot be expressed through words, but must be found in doing.

So disconnect and find moments of quietness for yourself today. Make time to be alone. You don't have to be a hermit or a monk to reap the many benefits of solitude. Just make time for solitude, and I guarantee you'll be in agreement with me about it's importance. :)


  1. I agree. It's ironic that people in ancient times (in societies like Rome, where food wasn't a major concern) were in a constant battle against quite and boredom. Entertainment was a luxury.

    Now, silence and time away from our devices is actually considered a luxury! Many people feel guilty about turning their phones on silent, because what if somebody tweets at me?? Irony.

    Also, you might enjoy this piece by Scott Berkun -

  2. I really love this post and have shared it on my blog, thanks for the insight. James Miller

  3. Sometimes I have to write my comment twice, because this gadget does not know how I do things. Anyway thanks for sharing your views on solitude, it's ok to do that I think. Share solitude !! Sometimes I call mine meditation or nothing but I do need it every day, and I think that is Hedonistic,
    Happy Jack