Do you have enough alone time?
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Do you have enough alone time?

Do you have enough alone time? A common theme among us highly sensitive people is that we enjoy being by ourselves. It allows us to have quiet time, which can sometimes be essential to re-charging our emotional and physical batteries and honing our creativity.

While alone time is a good thing and does help get our creative juices flowing, by no means does it mean that we have to be anti-social.

Here are some benefits of spending time alone and how this will help boost our creativity in the process. They are as follows:

  1. Increased Concentration. When you’re alone and not distracted, it’s easier to concentrate, which in turn can also help with your productivity. Being alone with the TV on or while sitting in front of your computer is not the same thing as truly spending time with just yourself. Instead, find a place you can devote specifically to quiet alone time where you are free from distractions. Then set aside a specific time each time to go to that quiet space and let your creativity flow.
  2. Clears Your Mind. When you spend time alone, free from distractions, you’ll find that it’s a quick and easy way to clear your mind. Not only does it free you from all the chaotic thoughts that race around in your head continually, it’s also an opportunity to unwind and relax. Creativity thrives when your body is relaxed and your mind is free of mental clutter. Again, just like I mentioned in the benefit above, make time each day to clear your mind so you can tap into your creative self.
  3. You become a better problem solver. Quiet time gives you the space to problem solve. This is essential for increased creativity. When you begin to train yourself to spend quiet time alone and tap into your creative side, you’ll be able to start thinking about different solutions to solve a problem(s) that you’re having. You can then begin to solve problems more effectively.

Does all this sound just a bit like meditation? Perhaps. But here’s the key: When you make time to be alone – even if it’s just 20 minutes every day – your brain then becomes free to do what it does best – think! Isn’t that what we highly sensitive people do? When you’re constantly bombarded by input from your smart phone, the television, a conversation with your spouse or coworker, the podcast you’re listening to and more, there simply isn’t room in your head for anything else.

Do you spend enough alone time? If you’re like me, you probably don’t! Why not allow your brain the luxury of quiet time? You’re well-being depends on it! I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Kristie

    Hi Cliff,
    It’s weird how nearly every post you have here is in relation to what I am experiencing at that exact time. Hmm. We are all connected more than I ever realized. This morning I was unable to sleep past 2 am and after lying in bed for an hour and a half trying to get back to sleep, I decided to just get up. I would have to be quiet as to not wake up the house full of people and decided to do some writing. It is hard to find quiet alone time here these days and this was a perfect time to get the creative juices flowing. I am much more productive and able to focus on tasks at hand without interruptions. An HSP thing you imagine?

    1. Cliff Harwin

      Hi Kristie,

      We ARE more connected than you ever realized! LOL

      Sometimes I’m unable to sleep too. I find that my best writing is done in the middle of the night. I don’t know if this is a HSP thing or not.

      We all have to decide when our best focus times are. It’s important to make this a priority in our lives.

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