9 Reasons Why Solitude Can Benefit Your Health

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, 9 Reasons Why Solitude Can Benefit Your Health, Dr. Nicolle

Hello and welcome to Motivation and Mindset Mondays! Today, let’s talk about the benefits of solitude. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of our lives. Life gets filled with obligations, work, extracurricular activities, social events, hobbies, and even family. We all must find time to relax and unwind, but we often have a hard time doing so, because when we’re not at work, we’re probably scheduling something else that comes with a list of requirements.

 

Every day, we’re inundated with phones, children, spouses, and work emails. Although it can be hard to fight the urge to reach out, it’s important that you don’t sacrifice your health in the process. To keep your stress levels at a minimum, do some things that are good for your mental health.

 

It’s a common misconception that solitude is the same as being alone. This is unfortunate because the two are not the same thing. There’s a difference between loneliness and solitude. Solitude is a choice that provides freedom and space from the demands and interruptions created by others. Spending time alone is good for you. It doesn’t imply that you’re antisocial, depressed, or mentally ill. There are numerous benefits to spending time alone on a regular basis.

 

Social media has made it more challenging to spend time alone. Even when we’re alone, we feel the need to check in with the rest of the world.

 

One thing is for certain. If you want to spend more time by yourself, only you can make it happen. Take some time each day and enjoy a period of solitude.

, 9 Reasons Why Solitude Can Benefit Your Health, Dr. Nicolle

Reap the benefits of spending time with yourself:

1. Being alone provides the space needed to think deeply. 

After a busy day, it’s necessary to take a break to give your brain a chance to delve deeper into your thoughts. Getting things done is important, but spending time in thought is important, too. You also have the chance to be more creative while alone.

 

2. You learn to be more self-reliant. When you’re alone, there’s no one else to help. 

You have to solve challenges yourself and entertain yourself. You also have to make decisions by yourself. This can be difficult if you’re used to relying on others, but it becomes easier with practice.

 

3. For those that are introverted, some alone time is necessary for happiness. 

Introverts recharge their energy by spending time alone. Solitude is a true pleasure for an introvert.

 

4. Being alone is a great time to rest. 

Your mind and body have a better opportunity to rest when you’re away from other people. You can be yourself 100%, clear your mind, and regain your focus.

 

5. Alone time can be a significant part of mental health. 

Some studies have shown that teens and adults that have a moderate amount of alone time enjoy better mental health than those that spend significantly more or less time alone.

, 9 Reasons Why Solitude Can Benefit Your Health, Dr. Nicolle

6. When you’re alone, you’re in control.

You can spend your time exactly the way you choose. The TV remote is under your complete control. You can eat what you want, go shopping where you desire, or watch the movie of your choosing. There are no compromises when you’re alone.

 

 

7. You can get more done. 

People are another form of distraction. You’ll face fewer requests and interruptions during your alone time.

 

 

8. You learn more about yourself. 

By spending time alone, you have more opportunity to examine your thoughts. You can give more consideration to what you want and need in your life. You can be a better employee, friend, and family member when you understand yourself better.

 

 

9. Solitude provides clarity. 

Life and other people can taint your view of the world. You’re freer from the influence of others when you’re by yourself. Modern life tends to drive an external perspective. Being alone provides the chance to re-center yourself, go inward, and view life from a more personal perspective.

 

 

Solitude is something most of us desire, and we should all work towards cultivating it. It is a powerful antidote to the constant distractions that come with constant contact and the social pressures of life. A lot of us treat solitude as a privilege reserved for the well off — but the reality is that all of us can benefit from it in some way.

 

 

Regularly spending time alone is good for your mind, body, and soul. Studies have shown that spending a moderate amount of time alone is good for you. If you’re not spending any time by yourself, find ways to capture a few minutes for yourself each day. Consider waking up early, eating lunch alone, or going for a walk by yourself.

 

 

You schedule other activities. Schedule time each day to spend by yourself. You’ll feel better and be more productive.

I would love to give you a free resource sheet to support your quest for a healthy mindset. Click the button below to receive your gift.

 

, 9 Reasons Why Solitude Can Benefit Your Health, Dr. Nicolle

 

I really wanted to talk about this topic today because I wanted to share some lifestyle-based strategies to improve your overall mindset and mental health, which in turn improves your life. You must do the internal work to improve your overall health. You can do this by learning what motivates you and working each day on improving your mindset. Your thoughts control your feelings, which controls your behavior. You can cultivate certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.

 

If you are familiar with my approach, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle modifications, such as stress reduction and mindfulness exercises, can help you feel better about yourself and your life. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.

 

Is Dietary Supplementation Right For You?

For some people, vitamin and mineral supplements offer important health benefits. Supplements are designed to fight deficiencies found in our diet and complement the food we eat regularly. Supplements are basically “helping hands” to our daily food.

 

If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better.

 

If you are unable to eat better, you may want to consider supplementing your diet with some supplements.

 

It is very important to note that we are not eating the same foods we ate years ago because the soils have been depleted of critical nutrients through current industrial farming practices. And because the soil is not as good as it used to be, the food supply (grown from the depleted soil) is not as good as it used to be. For example, you are not getting the same levels of magnesium as you would have gotten 50 years ago.

 

Second, much of the food has been genetically altered, which can impact the inherent and unique nutritional composition that each food possess. For example, ancient einkorn wheat has less gluten, more protein, more Vitamin A, and more beta carotene, than modern genetically modified wheat.

 

Third, the toxic load in the environment today is much higher than it was 100 years ago. We can see this with global warming, toxic landfills, polluted oceans and waterways, etc. Toxicity levels interfere with nutrient assimilation and absorption not just into the foods, but into our bodies as well.

 

So… if you are unable to eat better, the supplements in my Mindset and Mood Support Bundle may provide the extra boost you need.

 

These are my favorite Mood Support Supplements to use! This Mindset and Mood Support Bundle will ensure you have the intake of the important vitamins, minerals, and probiotics to decrease inflammation and boost your innate wellness day and night. Taken together, it’s a solid plan for increasing your body’s natural resiliency while you improve your sleep, decrease your stress, and improve your mental clarity, naturally.

 

Tools For Motivation And Mindset

Meditating

Although you don’t need a cushion to meditate, you may want to consider using one at some point.  You could meditate in a chair, or simply sit on the floor if you want. You can also use pillows or cushions from your furnishings to try out. Cushion, chair, bench, floor – it’s all good. Eventually, though, if you’re not sitting upright on a chair, you’ll probably do well to buy a dedicated meditation cushion. The cushion will support your sitting posture and help you create an appealing mindfulness corner that will encourage you to practice every day. I recommend this meditation cushion and mat bundle.

 

Journaling

If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can be a great idea. Even if you don’t have these conditions, journaling can enhance your life in many ways. Having difficulty processing your thoughts and emotions? Journaling can help clear that mental clutter and move towards a positive mindset. Research suggests that keeping a journal can have positive impacts on both mental and physical health. So, to start you on your journey, I recommend this self care journal.

 

Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, meditation and mindfulness, as well as healthy and supportive relationships are the best ways to support mental health. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

Stay healthy,

 

Dr. Nicolle

 

PS. I am always asked what tools and resources I recommend to help you reach YOUR health goals. Here is the ever-growing, always updated list for you.

 

PPS. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe stress, anxiety, depression and/or other mental health issues, please contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

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