Being Alone is the Best Way to Recharge

When you’re looking for a way to recharge, you may be tempted to call up a friend to watch Netflix or hop onto social media, especially if you have a highly sociable personality. But, according to a massive global survey, we all need the same thing to reset: time spent completely alone.

The BBC survey, called The Rest Test, sought to define what rest means for different people and sought to hopefully draw conclusions about how proper rest relates to a person’s wellbeing. According to the study, the majority of the 18,000 participants claimed they don’t get enough rest. Additionally, participants who had more hours of rest scored higher on overall wellbeing. So, if anything is clear, it’s that rest is a good thing. But, the issue lies in actually getting it.

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We live in an era in which busyness is a sign of success. The busier you are, the more well-off you must be in life, right? But all of this busyness is extremely unsustainable. We are not designed to handle this much stress and constant stimulation. We desperately need down time. Unfortunately, no one seems to know how to take a break.

Luckily, the answer doesn’t necessarily lie in becoming a meditation master, a professional yogi or a Trappist monk. According to the survey, the top activities that helped people recharge all had one thing in common—they were all done alone.

Whether reading a book, lounging around doing nothing or spending solo time in nature, spending quality time with yourself  is paramount for one’s wellness. Even if you are a notorious extrovert and associate being around others as an energizing activity, alone time is essential for your mental balance. It makes sense: you need time to check in with yourself without the influence of others. It’s a practice in re-centering and grounding. Stop being so afraid of being alone with your thoughts. Your body is craving it.

Not sure how to start? It’s pretty easy. Set aside a block of undisturbed time and do whatever you want. Done. Here are some great ideas that topped the survey as great ways for spending a few hours on your own:

-Read a book.
-Go out in nature.
-Spend time alone doing absolutely nothing.
-Listen to music.
-Take a gentle walk.
-Take a long shower/bath.
-Allow yourself to daydream.
-Indulge in a good tea or coffee.

What is your favorite way to rest and reset? Is it usually done alone? Do you feel guilty, unproductive, or lazy when you rest? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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91 comments

Danuta W
Danuta Watola6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Lesa D
Past Member 6 months ago

& breathe...

thank you Jordyn...

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Marija M
Marija Mohoric6 months ago

tks

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Sue H
Sue H6 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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heather g.
heather g2 years ago

Meditation wasn't mentioned ??

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W. C.
W. C2 years ago

Thank you.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

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Melania Padilla
Melania P2 years ago

So agree, I adore being alone during the weekends.

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