Alone but not lonely.
There’s no denying that humans are social creatures who need to connect with others for their well-being. But, these days, more and more people are entertaining the idea of going solo. Some do it by choice; others do it because they have to. While living alone may seem daunting, it also offers benefits. And if you do it right, it may be one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Here are some of the top perks – and valuable lessons – of living solo.
1. You get to know yourself better
There’s nothing like alone time to inspire you to learn more about yourself. Self-reflection allows for personal growth – you get to figure out what you like, what you enjoy doing, what you don’t like, how you respond to positive and negative situations, and more.
When you’re by yourself, you have the opportunity to think about your goals, your progress, and the changes you want to make in your life. You become more comfortable in your own skin while refining and pursuing your interests.
2. You gain confidence, independence, and freedom
Living alone builds character and confidence. You get stronger because you learn to cope on your own. You better understand the values of discipline and responsibility that come with paying the bills, maintaining your home, and dealing with the consequences of budget failure.
Being alone can be very liberating because you don’t have to conform to other people’s expectations, norms, and limitations. There’s no need to compromise to fit in with someone else. You’ll be more independent and make decisions on your own.
3. You make your own rules
You can do whatever you want, whenever you feel like it. Whether that’s eating dinner on the couch, do workout exercises at home, uninterrupted binge-watching, bathing for as long as you wish, singing out loud, and walking around naked – you don’t have to ask permission to do anything because you manage your own time and space.
You can go out till late or invite whoever you want. You never have to worry about another person making a mess or using your stuff without asking. You also get to decorate your own space exactly as you want—colors, appliances, and more. You set your own rules and have your own system and routine to make sure everything’s on track.
4. You get to enjoy the little things
Dinner without distractions? Drinking a cup of coffee in chilly, quiet weekend mornings? Reading all day long? Being alone means you’ll have me-time at its finest. You’ll get to appreciate the simplest of things and realize that you’re really the only person you ever need.
5. You save more money
Having no one to split the bills with may sound scary. But with the right mindset, it can actually encourage you to save more money. This is because living alone will make you more aware of the value of hard-earned cash.
It’s easier said than done, but you’ll develop the habit of reviewing your budget and living within your means. You’ll also learn to shop responsibly and approach your purchases with caution and hesitation. With a frugal lifestyle, you get to understand the importance of saving for your future.
6. You can be creative and productive
Being alone sparks creativity and fuels the imagination. The quiet space gives your mind the opportunity to wander and get lost in things or situations that excite you. You’ll have all the time in the world for your creative pursuits. Without the noise, you’ll also get to invigorate your focus. Living alone helps you perform better and do your tasks efficiently.
7. You enjoy the silence and solitude
Living alone affords you the privacy and personal space you need especially after a long day’s work. The peace and quiet help you recover from the hustle and bustle of life. With the silence, you can take a step back, listen to your thoughts, and reflect. Being alone gives you a sense of calm and satisfaction like no other.
8. You can build stronger relationships
Just because you’ve chosen to live alone doesn’t mean you can’t build stronger relationships. There’s a chance that your circle has become smaller, but you’re sure to forge friendships that last. And with time in your hands, you have more opportunities to expand and diversify your networks and pursue your connections. You can choose when to invite friends over. You’ll also learn to reach out more and truly cherish your friendships.
Living alone can be empowering. The right attitude will help you understand the difference between loneliness and solitude. And these are realizations you wouldn’t get if you share space with others. With all the valuable lessons on control and freedom, you’ll be surprised to find out who you are and what you can be.