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  • Writer's pictureSteve Braun


I love being alone. I crave it!

Those closest to me know that I’m out exploring any chance I get. Whether it's going for a drive or finding a new fishing spot, when I hit those dirt roads I instantly feel at peace and ease.

The solitude of the outdoors doesn’t necessarily solve my problems, it prevents them from happening in the first place.

There is no denying that we are social creatures but finding time for solitude in our hectic lives can be extremely beneficial.

Many people struggle with being alone–finding it boring, lonely or anxiety-inducing.

Time alone gives us a chance to direct our attention to self-care and self-discovery.

Solitude is NOT the same as loneliness. The distinction between the two rests with whether or not we want to be alone. 

Solitude can lead to a sense of freedom of choice, heightened creativity, spirituality and even a greater sense of intimacy or connectedness with others, despite the apparent contradiction. (Long and Averill 2003)

Solitude is a time that can be used for reflection, inner searching, growth or enjoyment. 

Solitude is refreshing; an opportunity to renew ourselves. It replenishes us.

Keeping my glass full prevents outside stresses from becoming overwhelming and allows me to serve others at my highest level. 

Seeking solitude does not need to be a reactionary response– it is a proactive approach to stress prevention.

The stresses of the holiday season can be extremely overwhelming. Try to find some time for yourself. Step away from the chaos for as long as you’re able and allow yourself to recharge.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, stuck or stressed--Let's connect!

Steve Braun

Call or Text: 778.932.1978

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About the Author:  Steve currently resides in the sunny Okanagan in British Columbia Canada where he spends his free time camping at remote lakes chasing monster rainbow trout with a flyrod.

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