Being Okay Being Alone
I promised another post about the importance of learning to be alone, but little did I know how much this week would get away from me & that I wouldn’t post anything in between.
If you’ve worked with me for Personal Training or Health Coaching or been a close friend of mine, you’ve probably heard me bring up the importance of journaling at least once. This, for me, has been the most important thing I’ve done in learning to be comfortable being alone. When I feel like I need something from other people like praise or encouragement etc. more than I am getting it, I take time to journal and think about how I can be better about providing those things for myself as well. In the end, sometimes what I do really need to do is go spend time with supportive friends/family and get out of my own head and be social for a while. But most of the time, I can find at least one way to better support and care for myself. This has been such an integral practice for me to get thoughts out of my head and into the world without feeling like I’m dependent on having another go-to person to tell everything to. Back before I was willing to accept therapy, this was probably the one thing keeping me sane. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely fallen off the wagon with journaling (I’ve been doing it on and off since I was LITTLE), but pretty much every time I hit rock bottom or began to rebuild emotionally, it’s something I’ve come back to because it helps me to organize and express thoughts and feelings.
If you haven’t before or you aren’t currently, try out journaling today!
Recently between therapy and being in one of the most supportive relationships, I’ve actually been regularly journaling more than I ever have in the past and have nearly filled my current journal and have also learned more about myself in one year than I have in multiple other years of my life combined.
Honestly, one of my favorite things to do currently is to go to a coffee shop alone and just journal and people watch for hours, and in the past, I would have never wanted to go somewhere alone for hours on end, despite the giant introvert that I am.
Try it out and see what your inner self reveals to you!