I am watching a gardener in a particularly beautiful public park at the start of spring. Alone, he is focused on the task at hand – planting out a wide and impressive border. He looks content, just him and his thoughts, his plants and his intent and I am envious.
In between commuting, busy open plan offices, must-try workout studios and maintaining an enviable online presence, solitude is a scarcity; so rare it seems to be a luxury.
Distinctly different from loneliness – an affliction that affects people nationally – alone time is a restorative, essential way to rebuild yourself and gather your thoughts so you can stride forwards with resilience.
Alone time could mean avoiding burnout. Even the virtual-crowding of incessant emails, unrelenting app alerts, Instagram FOMO you can take its toll.
From a quiet coffee drunk from a beautiful cup or a woodland walk bursting with nature, to booking yourself in to a world-leading spa hotel, investing in alone time is a luxury we can all embrace.
So where do you start, and what kind of alone do you personally need for it to feel like a treat?
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