This is the third installment of my Covid-19 blog—a blog in which I wax eloquent on the subject of coping strategies during these trying times:
3. Some of us are contending with feelings of loneliness. Alone time is not necessarily a bad thing; believe it or not, there are certain benefits:
a) One learns to value one’s time. If there is anything that should be deemed important and precious, it’s ‘time’. Individuals who spend time alone understand that, and they give their limited time the respect and value it deserves;
b) Time alone can make one more self-aware. When you are constantly with others, it’s easy to ignore one’s own thoughts and emotions. When you are alone, you have no choice but to embrace these thoughts and emotions, become fully aware of them. This pandemic could possibly serve as a golden opportunity to get to know yourself better than ever;
c) It has been said that time alone keeps you level-headed. Being alone allows you to learn how to focus and grow your will power as a result of all your time reflecting. People who spend time alone generally do not get overwhelmed because they know themselves so well.
Blake R. Lyngseth, Ottawa lawyer & mediator. Blogs primarily on issues of Ontario & Canadian family law & estate law.