Most of us don't like to spend a lot of time alone. We prefer hanging out with friends or going to events instead. But, learning to spend time by yourself without any distractions is a valuable skill. It allows you to reflect on your needs, wants, and goals so that you can become truly happy. Need some help? Here are seven ways to love your own company:

1. Go to sleep every night with a goal

1. Go to sleep every night with a goal

Before going to sleep every night, come up with a specific goal you'd like to achieve the next day. It could be getting to work five minutes earlier or eating a healthy lunch. Whatever the goal is, it'll make getting out of bed feel more purposeful.

2. Journal

2. Journal

A lot of people find it challenging channeling their emotions. But there's no better way to do that than through journaling on a regular basis. Get into the habit of journaling every single day, whether it's just a few sentences or long paragraphs. It can be about something that happened to you, something you learned, or something you find interesting.

Find your quiet time

3. Find your quiet time

Quiet time doesn't have to mean meditating. You can sit quietly with your thoughts while you drive a car or walk around. The great thing is that you can find your quiet time almost anywhere.

4. Exercise regularly

4. Exercise regularly

Exercising on a regular basis, such as hiking or running, will teach you how to fall in love with your own company again. It gives you an opportunity to get lost in your thoughts while boosting natural endorphins, which are feel-good hormones.

5. Concentrate on your own life

5. Concentrate on your own life

It's easy to get caught up in other people's lives, especially if you're on social media a lot, but you should try to focus on your own life instead. You'll notice that you're more purposeful, productive, and less stressed.

6. Learn more_

6. Learn more

Is there something you'd like to learn more about? Spend your alone time reading about topics that interest you. Not only will you learn new skills and knowledge, but you'll really savor your alone time.

7. Declutter your surroundings

7. Declutter your surroundings

Try to maintain a clutter-free living space. This means cleaning out your closet, going through mail, avoiding impulse purchases, and organizing all your belongings. It'll be much more enjoyable being alone if your environment is carefree and calm. Make your home a special place where you love to spend time.

Embrace who you are

Being alone can sound unappealing, but learning to love your own company has tons of perks. Not only are you able to discover what makes you tick, but you're also able to better focus on your life goals. Try out the above tips for learning how to love being by yourself more often.

References
  1. "5 Tips for Enjoying Your Own Company," mindbodygreen, n.d.
  2. "30 Ways to Fall Back in Love with Your Own Company," Thought Catalog, June 21, 2016.

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