Why Personal Time is Important
If you stop for a moment and think about all that you do in each given day – all of the running around, the deadlines, and responsibilities at home and at the office – it’s really not hard to understand why personal time has become so absent. In today’s connected world where every spare moment is spent plugged into something or somewhere, finding time for solitude really has become a lost art.
And the stigma often attached to the idea of personal time and solitude has seemed to translate into a form of loneliness, attached to emotions of depression, or even being anti-social. But that’s simply not true. In fact, finding personal space and time to focus on you is extremely healthy and even necessary to be able to handle our stressful world, both physically and mentally.
If you’ve been neglecting your own time for personal solitude, here are just a few reasons why personal time is so important.
Allow your Body and Mind to Decompress
When you’re constantly demanding so much from your body and your mind, it’s natural for them to begin dwindling when it comes to providing you with the best stamina and ability to produce your very best. Demanding that anything be constantly in action is a surefire way to have it falter much faster. We must give our body and mind the break they need from being in constant demand each and every moment of the day. Learning to slow down and relish in solitude allows you to decompress so that you can reboot with more clarity, focus, and mindfulness.
Improve Concentration and Productivity
By replenishing your mind and body with rest and relaxation, you improve your ability to concentrate more and focus. This happens when you are able to turn off all other distractions throughout your day. By indulging in calm, quiet moments alone, you gain more clarity and are able to improve your productivity and performance.
Deep Thinking and Problem Solving
Often when we push ourselves too fast and too hard, we shut down. Those key thoughts and solutions that we need to create and produce just simply aren’t there. And all of those frivolous thoughts throughout the day – tasks, responsibilities, commitments – touch our very superficial level of thinking, preventing us from delving deep into thought instead. Over time we begin to forget how to really engage in deep thinking, which is crucial for problem solving, creativity, and even connecting with others.
Being in a constant state of “go” eventually takes its toll on just about every aspect of our lives, whether we realize it or not. Our physical stamina, mental stability, and overall health begin to suffer as a result. And something as simple and seemingly frivolous as personal time is so important to help combat the constant demands of our world today.
If you find that you’re struggling to cope, give yourself the breaks that you deserve by making your personal time a priority. By focusing on yourself and your needs, you’ll start to notice the benefits more and more each day.