The Benefits of Solitude
It’s only in the quiet that you can actually get to know your thoughts. Solitude is the root of innovation and creativity. It is restorative. Quiet time eases stress, lowers inflammation, and promotes well-being.
“Solitude is a catalyst for expert performance,” writes Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
When you’re alone you are more likely to make progress on a goal or resolve the challenges you’re facing. You are more likely to tap into your insights, to identify your emotions and where they are coming from so they become a source of knowledge and strength rather than an impetus for wild behavior or rising anxiety. From quiet moments with self you tap into your greatest strengths, identify your capabilities, and use them for good. You gain perspective and access to your greatest resource – yourself.
So, today, take a breath, and find a moment of quiet. Here are four ways to help you do it: