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Why You Should Seek Solitude


In today’s world full of people, noise, and technology, most people consider isolation a negative thing. Doctors warn that isolation causes depression and health problems. Teachers and parents worry about kids who seem to spend too much time by themselves. The truth is, solitude is necessary to help us live in such a fast-paced world without constant sensory overload. Periods of solitude carry a myriad of benefits, which we will explore today.

Isolation Increases Inspiration

In our culture of unemployment, underemployment, and working two to three jobs for a decent paycheck, many of us are frustrated with work. Often this isn’t because of the jobs themselves; rather, it’s because work is so demanding and fast-paced. Even those of us who work at home, writers or artists, can feel the pressure to produce great work while simultaneously meeting deadlines. Isolating yourself – going for a quick walk at lunch, taking a breather in the break room, or taking a book to the park instead of joining coworkers for lunch – can clear your head. Refocusing your mind will increase inspiration and the desire to produce quality work.

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Even Superman Needed a Fortress of Solitude

Fortress Of Solitude

Sensory deprivation tanks are often described "new age" and many approach the topic with great skepticism. Being such an unusual experience, with float tank centers boasting of the many benefits, this skepticism is merited and also a great way for float tanks everywhere to build credibility in time. The truth is that sensory deprivation is not a new idea at all and is a concept that humans have cherished for many years. 

Before preparing for hunts men in hunter-gatherer societies would sometimes withdraw from normal activities and at times even live in a small shelter away from the village in order to hone their hunting abilities. "These periods of sensory deprivation increase acuity of smell, taste, sight, and hearing."  

As rites of passage in other cultures young people could spend weeks in darkened huts or be sent out into the wilderness on their own to prepare for adulthood. These experiences would serve to make them more responsible, aware, self-reliant, and wise so that they could better assimilate into the culture and provide for their society.