Cultivating Alone Time
Valuing alone time can take some practice, especially if this is a new experience for you. Here are some tips to help you get started. If you find being alone to be uncomfortable or overwhelming, remember to take baby steps. It is important that this time elicit feelings of ease and well being.
Get to Know Yourself
Contemplate your values and core beliefs. What brings you happiness? As you identify these things, try to focus on you as an individual and not actions that depend on another person. Can you recreate that sensation of joy as you contemplate these things?
Acknowledge the Beauty in Nature
If it is possible, experience the out of doors. Don't just be there with your ear buds or cell phone. Take a few moments to notice - feel the air brushing along your skin, feel the warmth of the sun and become aware of the vibrant color. Simply pay attention.
Indulge Your Senses
Create an environment that nurtures your senses. A warm soak in a tub, soothing music, candles, flowers, quiet time reading, knitting or playing music are a few examples. Everyone is different. What is your special alone time treat?
Of course this sounds obvious. But more often than not we allow busyness and activity to take over our thoughts, actions and atmosphere. Connecting to your breath, even if only for a few moments throughout the day, can help calm your brain and your body to illicit feelings of inner peace. Simply notice your breath. Feel your belly rise and fall. Relax your jaw and allow air to flow in and out comfortably and freely. Imagine that each inhale scrubs out stale thoughts and agitations. Each exhale clears your body and mind of these unhelpful distractions. Taking a few moments of alone time to connect to your breath facilitates calm, mental clarity and a sense of well being.