The Importance of Being Independent

The Importance of Being Independent

On Valentine's day, we all think about how much we care for our loved ones. Whether to you that means your partner, your kids or even your family and friends, today is about sharing the love. However, what about sharing the love for well, you? Sometimes we forget that being independent is not a bad thing and actually being independent can mean you have healthier, longer lasting relationships with those around you. Take a look at our five reasons why being independent is so important.  

1. Reduce Stress

Being independent means that you are able to rely mostly on no.1 and that is you. By being your own emotional crutch, advisory and counsel you are likely to reduce your daily stress. Relying on others can be a tricky business and if you are able to cope with situations independently you may find you feel less anxious when stressful times come up. It is important to remember that social support is still key and that relying on your inner circle is a good thing. Perhaps being more independent just means you can deal with things easier. 

2. Believe in Yourself

Independence can be seriously good for your self-esteem. Having a belief in your own opinions, choices and actions give you a confidence boost like no other. If you were to constantly worry about what other people thought, you would never be able to be who you are. If you don't have faith in yourself you will always second guess yourself, and that is no way to be. Take a step away from that and be confident and independent. 

3. Be Self Motivated

There is nothing more satisfying than being self-motivated. Don't get me wrong, we all have those days when getting up in the morning is one SERIOUS struggle, but having that self-discipline to get up and be productive is great. If you want to achieve a goal, do it for you. You and you only should be your main motivation for losing weight, moving up on that career ladder or simply making it to the end of the week without breaking down. Each and every success should make you proud of you!

4. Finding Your Passion

Sometimes, relying on other people or focusing too much on everyone else rather than yourself can cause you to lose your way. Do you have a hobby? Maybe once upon a time, you did and now that's gone. Or maybe you never gave yourself a chance to explore your passions. Being independent gives you the chance to leave the family and friends at home and go out and find what makes you happy. Perhaps it's learning something new, helping people or exercise. Whatever that is, allowing yourself the freedom to discover it on your own will boost your self-esteem massively. 

5. Broaden Your Horizons

Being independent all comes down to point number 5 - broaden your horizons. It is so easy to forget about taking time for you during our busy lives and in truth, we all don't practice self-care as much as we should. By consciously broadening your horizons you don't miss out on the opportunity or life experience leaving to less resentment and more fulfilment. Life has so much to offer and regardless of how hectic your life can be or how many people depend on you - ensuring that you grab life with both hands is crucial to future happiness. 

"As I reflect I have come to realize that my greatest triumphs have been born of my greatest troubles"
Steve Maraboli