Asking for alone time offers you the chance to be still, go inward and hear your own voice. It is easy to become disconnected from your own feelings when dealing with challenges from damaging relationships. When your inner compass is broken, looking outward for direction only creates more confusion. Instead, ask yourself questions in a curious way without worrying about the right answers and let them show up in their own time.
Space also allows you to filter your thoughts and discern what's really important to you. Keeping a journal is often a very private and cathartic way to sort through thoughts and painful past experiences. You may discover patterns, gain insight and confidence to see yourself in a new light — a light you brought up on your own.
Privacy is also a great way to cultivate creativity, which in turn heals emotional pain and trauma. When you are bombarded with outside stimulation, it is hard to get creative, especially if you are not used to taking the time to express yourself. The act of creativity, be it through painting, writing, drawing, dancing or a variety of other options, actually expands and opens your heart, allowing you to find love for yourself and life.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself." Privacy and solitude will nourish and strengthen your inner reserves and act like a salve to emotional pain. People need people, but you can be in a better emotional space when you give yourself and those you love permission to enjoy the privacy and sanctity of time alone.