Throughout nearly all of human history, our daily lives consisted of a significant amount of time in solitude. Time to ourselves.
Time in our day where we were left to our own thoughts, and without the input of other people.
However, in the last 20-30 years, as technology and consumption-based entertainment became prevalent in our lives, this time in solitude has become more rare.
Most of us no longer have prolonged periods of solitude in our day. We have smartphones, TVs, and computers always able to provide us with some entertainment.
It’s become a habit for many people to always be connected. Checking our smartphone as we wait in lines; listening to podcasts in the car; browsing the internet as we sit at home.
But without having time in solitude, your mind never gets a much needed vacation! You are missing out on it’s important benefits:
- Time to reflect on various aspects of your life.
- Mental space to develop solutions or ideas.
- Learning more about yourself and your inner thoughts.
A great example of solitude in action are your “shower thoughts.” As a sort of forced time in solitude, our time alone in the shower shows us just how important it is for our brain to get set free without external input.
How to Bring Solitude In Your Life
Thankfully it’s easy to bring back more solitude into your life. All you have to do is spend some time by yourself. No purchase necessary!
Here are some ideas on easy activities to do in solitude:
- Go For a Walk
- Driving Without Podcast/Music
- Deep Cleaning Your House
- Lounging Outside in the Sun
You don’t need to do any one thing in particular. There is not one specific activity that solitude requires. The key is that you have no external input to your thoughts.
Just create time to listen and explore your own mind.