In today’s world full of people, noise, and technology, most people consider isolation a negative thing. Doctors warn that isolation causes depression and health problems. Teachers and parents worry about kids who seem to spend too much time by themselves. The truth is, solitude is necessary to help us live in such a fast-paced world without constant sensory overload. Periods of solitude carry a myriad of benefits, which we will explore today.
Isolation Increases Inspiration
In our culture of unemployment, underemployment, and working two to three jobs for a decent paycheck, many of us are frustrated with work. Often this isn’t because of the jobs themselves; rather, it’s because work is so demanding and fast-paced. Even those of us who work at home, writers or artists, can feel the pressure to produce great work while simultaneously meeting deadlines. Isolating yourself – going for a quick walk at lunch, taking a breather in the break room, or taking a book to the park instead of joining coworkers for lunch – can clear your head. Refocusing your mind will increase inspiration and the desire to produce quality work.