Sure, relationships are fun and it’s always good to have a partner who loves you and cares for you. But have you ever thought about the positives in being single?
Being single definitely isn’t a walk in the park. However, there’s so much value in being single that people often overlook, when we should be embracing and appreciating it instead. When you’re not bound to another person, you have the freedom to learn, grow, and explore, without any of the guilt associated with taking time for self-care.
Here are a few benefits on being single and how you can cultivate a deeper relation with yourself, before settling for a partner.
You can focus on yourself better.
One of the most important relationships you will ever have is with yourself. When you’re alone, it creates opportunity for being more in touch with something inside of you, thus elevating your confidence and sense of self.
Being single can provide a valuable opportunity to learn about your likes/dislikes, embrace your authentic self, and explore hobbies or activities you’ve been itching to try. You learn to value your freedom, make decisions for yourself, and become more accountable for your choices, actions, and goals.
It’s very important to remember that you need to be a whole, happy person on your own before sharing your life with someone else.
You build better and stronger friendships.
One of the major benefits of being single is having the space in your life to spend quality time with friends. Single people not only have a tight knit group of friends and family to reach out to, but they are more likely to receive help and support from that network than people in a relationship.
You are more social and don’t have to worry about anyone else. You are your own person and aren’t compelled to think twice before doing anything. A spontaneous night-out, a sudden picnic – it’s all good!
You sleep better.
It’s a fact – single people sleep better than people in happy relationships.
Being single means being free from the blanket being hogged, or being kicked in your sleep or the loud snores. A good night’s sleep can have numerous health benefits including better focus, better mood, and can keep your body functioning at a healthy rate.
And if you really need a snuggle buddy, you can always get a body pillow.
You have fewer responsibilities.
Being in a relationship can be amazing, but it also means taking on a lot of responsibilities and priorities that weren’t yours to begin with. And most of it can take up a lot of time and a lot of energy.
Single people, on the other hand, are confident, love their lives and love the ability to have no deep-rooted responsibilities that would keep them from doing things at the drop of a hat.
They have a lesser care for things in the world and are carefree.
You have less financial stress.
Being single may mean you’re more socially and financially free. When you’re single and don’t share expenses with someone else, you push yourself to advance and to be resourceful because you’re not relying on someone else to cover your expenses.
You don’t have to worry about spending on gifts or have huge gestures (that could be a bit heavy on your pocket!). Decisions are a lot simpler to make which allows for extra savings opportunities.
You spend on yourself without thinking about what the other person might say, and are content with it entirely.
You focus more on your health.
Research suggests that single people tend to be healthier than those in a relationship. They hit the gym at a higher rate than married people and take care of their mind and bodies much better.
Single people take care of their diet and routines, which help them develop healthier habits as compared to others. They’re more focused and stronger. Being single is an act of purging the clutter and making room for new thoughts (and dreams) to breathe and grow.
You know you can trust yourself.
When you choose to be single, you essentially choose to be true to yourself than just go along with the crowd. You’re self-reliant and independent.
You’re living your life and being true to yourself by doing your diligence and living honestly. Knowing that you’re being authentic and demonstrating good judgement is a huge benefit in singlehood.
You learn to enjoy your own company.
Being single doesn’t necessarily need to be synonymous with being lonely. Instead, being content in our own company frees us from the need to chase others.
When we learn to enjoy being alone, we become more selective about the company we choose—spending time with only those who improve our lives and contribute to our wellbeing.