on September 20, 2013 in Lifestyle
We live in a culture that places more emphasis on productivity and “getting things done” than on time spent in relaxation and solitude.
As a consequence, our days are spent in a hurried rush to meet the demands of everyday life and we rarely get the chance to have moments alone.
But the need to replenish our minds and bodies is just as important as our need to meet our deadlines and complete our to-do lists.
A hot tub is a perfect place to escape to whenever you need a little solitude and relaxation to recharge your batteries.
The importance of solitude
Studies are now showing that healthy doses of solitude are as important to our mental and physical well-being as exercise and a good diet.
Making time for a little solitude can reboot your brain, replenish your body, and help you meet your obligations and solve your problems with enhanced clarity and focus.
By returning to moments of stillness, we breath deeper, see more clearly, notice more, and return back to ourselves.
Being alone versus being lonely
In western society there is a common misperception that being alone means being lonely. When we do find ourselves in moments alone, we retreat into TV, the internet, or escape into another task.
John Cacioppo, a social neuroscientist and author of the book, “Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection” says:
“People make this error, thinking that being alone means being lonely, and not being alone means being with other people. You need to be able to recharge on your own sometimes. Part of being able to connect is being available to other people, and no one can do that without a break.”
Solitude will help you not only have a better relationship with yourself but also with other people.
Solitude is good for your body and mind
- Solitude helps increase your productivity. When you spend some time to regroup without distractions or interruptions, you are better able to concentrate when you get back to your task at hand.
- Being in solitude allows your brain to clear so you can unblock your thinking and give yourself a chance to refresh your mind and body.
- You can work through problems more effectively when you are able to reflect uninterrupted on the problem you are trying to solve.
- Personal relationships will improve when you give yourself the chance to be alone with your thoughts. You have the time to think about who you are and what your real desires are. You also can appreciate the time you do spend with others after you’ve spent time alone.
Finding time for solitude
Any moment where we can find time to spend alone without interruptions can be seen as an opportunity for solitude.
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
These spare moments that you carve out of your day for alone time are valuable and important to be able to be more present in your day to day life and in your relationships.
Reach out to your family to support you in your need for personal solitude.
Let them know that for the next 10, 20 or 30 minutes you are taking time out for “you.” Not only will this allow you to bring more energy into being there for others; you will set a good example for your family.
Find gaps in your day where you can be alone. Maybe that means waking up earlier than everyone in the house or sneaking in moments throughout the day.
Remember that even though it may feel like you are being unproductive, in reality, when you slow down and stop to recharge, you will be able to bring even more clarity and energy to your tasks at hand.
Remember: the more demanding our lives, the more we need the time to rejuvenate.
Create your own personal retreat
Solitude can be like a mini vacation, especially when you own a hot tub.
Slip into your spa and breath deeply. The warm bubbling water and pulsating jets will instantly put you into a relaxing state of mind.
You can forget your obligations for a while and check in with yourself-even if it’s only for 10 minutes.
During your alone time alone you can rest, reflect, and spend time doing what brings you joy, without distractions and at any time of the year.
Use your time to simply relax, or reflect on any issues you need to work out or plans you need to make.
Studies have shown that short periods of solitude can improve memory, focus, and concentration.
The relaxing benefits of warm water therapy paired with time in solitude can work wonders on your mind, your body, and your life.
Looking for the ultimate portable personal hot tub? Check out our 1-2 person Gemini Hot Tub.
So take a little time out for yourself today, and let us know what your thoughts are in the comments!
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