Studies and articles tend to focus on the negative aspects of living alone, but there is something to be said for the pleasures of alone time.
Living alone doesn’t always have to be associated with isolation, depression and poor mental health.
In fact, living alone could also be a sign of independence, self-sufficiency, self-actualization (potentially) and even good mental health. Experts weigh in on the potential mental health benefits of living alone.
Mikaya Heart, a life coach and author of books such as “The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women” and “My Sweet Wild Dance,” said that living with others is a more culturally acceptable way of living, but it’s important to our health to live alone at some point. Living alone can actually help you learn more about yourself and who you are.
“You must separate yourself from cultural and familial influences in order to identify what it is that you need, how you want to be in the world,” Heart said.
“We are much more able to get in touch with the personal inner wisdom that is available to all of us when we have quiet space to ourselves; and we may also be able to get in touch with feelings inside that need to be given a voice.”
“Ultimately this always makes us healthier people, but the process of getting in touch with those feelings is sometimes difficult,” she added.
“So there may be a period of time when we are still seeking to distract ourselves from our feelings, and in that period of time, living alone can feel unpleasant, even though it may be a necessary part of the process of achieving health.”
However, it does come down to an individual preference, and there must be a choice to either live alone or with others, or the lack of a choice could lead to unhappiness.
Tina B. Tessina, a psychotherapist and author of “It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction,” said in an email that if people are connected while living alone, then living alone is not an issue.
“If a person has a social circle and is active, living alone is not a problem,” Tessina said.
“In fact, it can be healthier than living with someone in a dysfunctional relationship.