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Podcasting: Are You Alone? Your Company Is The Greatest Company You Have

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“In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.”

– Maya Angelo

Each of us has been reintroduced to our most essential relationship…the one we have with ourselves over the last two years (in covid period). The concept of being alone has evolved some negative connotations in modern culture. On a Friday or Saturday night, being at home alone is frowned upon. You’d be labeled a “loser” and your pals would inquire as to your well-being. We’ve been programmed to believe that being alone is a bad thing. We’ve also mixed up the terms “alone” and “lonely.” Of course, this is not the case. Being alone does not always imply loneliness, and many people might feel lonely even when others surround them. “Loneliness is about perceiving that no one is there for you, However, isolation entails making the decision to be alone with your thoughts ” Amy Morin, an author said. The point I’m trying to convey is that learning to spend time alone is critical for your mental health and personal development.

Below are some of my finest recommendations for discovering your own path, which will allow you to create the life you want while still enjoying your own company.

Pay Close Attention To Your Feelings

Solitude is a door to self-care. Check in with yourself just as you would with your loved ones. How are you feeling? Physically? Emotionally? Mentally? Solitude is the key to higher self-awareness, which then opens the door to change. It’s not easy to be able to sit alone with your thoughts for extended periods of time, but at an age when social connectivity is the constant, it’s imperative for our mental health to frequently unplug.

Determine your objectives

Take charge of your own destiny. You’ll wind up spending your life on autopilot if you don’t spend the effort to be alone with your thoughts and question yourself, “What do I want to accomplish this year?” You must have a goal in mind, a destination to strive for. Take the time to consider your long-term goals.

Find a pastime or a project that you are passionate about

When you ask most folks what they enjoy doing, they’ll probably say work, exercising, literature, hanging out with friends, and possibly traveling. Underwhelming and predictable. Having a hobby, or PLAY as we used to call it when we were kids, is extremely beneficial to both physical and mental health. It improves happiness, promotes flow, and strengthens bonds. Start by looking at your social media habits if you’re not sure where to begin. Do you have a lot of florists or chefs following you on Instagram? Always creating new Spotify playlists to share? Begin where your passions already lie. If you still need more persuasion to pick up a guitar, pick up a camera, or start writing that novel you’ve always wanted to write, consider this: having a hobby has been shown to increase your work performance, and improve your physical health, and reduce stress. So, let’s get started! Make an attempt at something new. Your mind, heart, and loved ones will reward you.

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