It might seem odd to talk about learning to enjoy your own company after a year where many of us have felt isolated and alone. We’re more than anxious to get out and socialize, but now that there’s hope on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to use this opportunity to reconnect with yourself before you connect again with others.
Make “Me Time” Extra
Learning to enjoy your own company starts with loving yourself. It’s not just putting yourself first or carving out some “me time,” it’s about finding confidence. Whether it’s taking yourself out for a (socially distanced!) dinner for one, or planning a solo trip when it’s safe to travel, these experiences can help you build resilience and resourcefulness.
Learn to Relax
Thoughtful alone time allows you to rest and recuperate. Whether it’s taking an hour to read or exercise, going for a walk outside, or taking an indulgent midday nap, we all need time to recharge.
Meditation is one technique you can use to reconnect with yourself. Whether guided or unguided, using an app or just asking Alexa to time out 10 minutes while you sit in silence with your eyes closed, meditation can offer insights and help you focus on what’s important to you. The act of mindfulness can help you overcome any loneliness you may feel.
Learn Something New
Take this opportunity to learn something new. There’s many free and low cost online courses available. Learn more about something you love or find something you want to learn more about. Listen to a podcast. Improve your foreign language skills. Studies show that learning new languages can prevent or delay mental health issues like cognitive decline and dementia as you age.
Be More Productive
Self-love can also improve productivity, emotional wellbeing, promote independence and make you appreciate your relationships more.
Remember that loving yourself is empowering! And sometimes we need that extra boost to get us over the finish line.