“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible,” a quote by great thinker Pablo Picasso. Our minds are not wired for multitasking and perform better when focused on one task at a time. For most of us, our daily lives involve continuous distractions, due to interacting with people and technology. If we constantly give our time to others we become depleted, slowly killing our spirit over time. Having a place to go to disengage from the world, and focus on self-improvement, is vital for psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. Here we see how being in your own space can improve your life, and ideas for creating personal space.
How is personal space essential for self-improvement?
Being in solitude frees up space in your mind to roam; this time can be used for getting to know yourself better. Being mindful and accepting of your thoughts make you feel stronger as a person, by promoting self-confidence and self-sufficiency. Use this time to clarify how you want to live your life; review the effectiveness of your current skills and methods used in achieving your goals. Are you on track? How can you improve? You’ll also find improvements in your relationships. After time spent alone, we are able to give to and appreciate others more. This time is the best opportunity to reboot, think deeply about and productively work on becoming a better version of yourself.
Ideas for creating your own space
Your space can be defined as somewhere where you get to close the door to the rest of the world. Let’s start with the most convenient— finding a space in your home. This can be any space from a large cupboard to a room. It should reflect who you are, with things including your favorite books, or memorabilia that reminds you of the great events you’ve experienced in your life so far. To create a great energy that uplifts and inspires you, complete your space by including the things you love and make you happy.
Creating personal space outdoors
Being outdoors in nature and sitting without interruption can be highly restorative and calming. Make your garden your personal space by creating a sitting area using comfortable chairs or outdoor cushions. Sitting under trees or listening to the sound of water has soothing effects, add a fish pond or some kind of water feature to create a feeling of tranquility and encourage psychology restoration. Set the scene for working on your spiritual health by decorating with chakra or healing stones.
Personal space in things you do
Your own space can also be found in something you like to do. Activities for a quiet mind include talking a mindful walk or run, browsing through things of interest at a bookstore or museum; or to physically as well as mentally get away from distractions take a long relaxing drive somewhere.
In your personal space you are able to reconnect to yourself, free your mind, and discover the truth of who you are. It allows time to gauge where you are in life and how to progress to where you want to be. This is the best gift you can give to yourself and should be treated as an essential act of self-love.