I’m not really much for being around other people. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not one of those people who hates everyone and wants to live on a secluded island or anything like that. But, social interaction – like anything else in life – is best in moderation. Sometimes, less really is more.
If you enjoy your alone time, too, here are 13 reasons why you should totally own it.
1. It’s necessary to recharge after social situations.
This might not be the case for everyone, as I’m sure some people really thrive when they can spend a lot of time around other people. I think some people are actually energized by their social interactions. I, however, am not one of those people.
2. You don’t have to wear a bra.
My friends all laugh at me because one of my favorite perks of working from home is that I do not, in fact, have to wear a bra to work. Or a shirt. Or pants. It’s true with any alone time. You can do it naked without any risk of judgment or fines. (Score!)
3. You don’t have to worry about what other people think.
Personally, I’m not really one for worrying about what other people think anyway, but if you are the type to wonder if you’re being judged, alone time pretty much guarantees a certain block of time that you are definitely not being judged by anyone except yourself (and maybe your pets).
4. You can do whatever you want.
And I mean whatever. Want to binge on Netflix? Go for it! Rather watch reruns on TV or color in one of those 30 adult coloring books you just wasted half your paycheck on? That’s fair game too! When you’re alone, you don’t have to please anyone else – it’s all about you.
5. You don’t have to pretend to be nice.
OK, you should be nice anyway. But after a long day of dealing with people who aren’t nice to you, it’s nice to have some time set aside to not hold things back.
6. You can pass gas whenever you need to.
This is something that most women don’t really like to talk about, but I don’t care. If you’re alone, feel free to toot as much as you want. It’s okay. No one will ever know. No reason to hold it in until you get to the bathroom – it’s not like you’re bothering anyone else with it.
7. Need a nap? Take one!
I don’t know about you, but being around a bunch of people is really draining for me. I’m not too proud to admit that I occasionally use my alone time to nap.
8. You can clear your mind by finally processing everything you’ve been holding in.
Stuck on that stupid thing you said four days ago? Spend your alone time to work it out. I’ve been known to “rehearse” full conversations when I’m alone. Sometimes, it helps!
9. You can sing as loud as you want.
I love music, and I like singing. The only problem is, I don’t like people hearing me sing. When I’m alone, I belt out all the tunes at the top of my voice. I live out in the country, so my neighbors are about a half a mile away – if they hear me, they’re too close to my house.
10. You can catch up on giving your pets attention.
I’m pretty bad sometimes about forgetting to give my puppy the love she needs. Thankfully, she’s pretty good at entertaining herself most of the time, but I still feel bad. Spending some time alone means that she’s getting 100% of my social attention, which she loves.
11. You can stay in the bath until the water is cold.
For a while, I was only able to take baths, and I sort of took it for granted. But there’s a difference between “have-to” baths and “want-to” baths, and when you want to take a bath, you don’t want to worry about keeping someone else from using the bathroom (or even worse – someone coming in to use the bathroom while you’re still bathing!)
12. You can catch up on anything you’re behind on.
For me, that’s usually work, and occasionally the few TV shows I actually watch regularly. When my girlfriend goes out of town to visit her family, I’m free to spend 16 hours a day alternating between work and television, and that’s perfect for me.
13. Did I mention no bra?
Seriously. This alone is enough of a reason for me.