Being Alone: The Pros and Cons of Time Alone

What are the pros and cons of time alone? Lena Firestone has written an informative piece about this topic that we all have to find the right balance around. She explains that while human beings need time alone to allow their brains to rest and rejuvenate, too much time alone or a lack of social connections can be harmful to our mental and physical health. It is important to distinguish between healthy time alone, where we are being productive, creative and introspective, versus negative time alone, where we are being self-critical or feeling lonely. If you find yourself constantly around others and feeling depleted, make sure to schedule some healthy alone time. If you find yourself predominantly alone or are feeling lonely, make sure to invest more time seeking meaningful social connections. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, it is important to find the right balance for you.

 

Read Lena's article in full on PsychAlive by clicking here.

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