Why You Should Go to The Museum Alone: How To Beat Social Anxiety and Become Your Own Person

Jun 14, 2019

Health & Lifestyle | Daniela Pisciottano

For some weird reason, solo-activities have become stigmatised by society to the point that no one would even think about going to the museum on their own. But what happens if we break that habit?

Once you get over the initial awkwardness of wandering around by yourself you’ll soon find that others take no notice at all. Because that’s what stops us from doing the things we want, “what would others think?” well, for once, stop thinking about that and do something you really want to do.

Some of the most insightful moments of your life will be moments you spend alone and there is nothing wrong with wanting to spend some quality time getting lost in the corridors of a museum while wondering through its big rooms. Alone-time is something precious we tend to take for granted and, in a world that's always rushing, taking a step back to breathe and get lost in a painting can be the key to a happier life.

Museums can be intimidating when you’re on your own; they make you question your work, your love, and your life but you come out of it a better person and that’s the power of art. A solo museum visit gives you the chance to take your time as much as you want. Setting your own itinerary is, in fact, fundamental when you’re trying to get back in touch with your inner self and that can be complicated when you’re with someone else.

If you feel like you want to sit down and stare at a painting for a few minutes you should be able to do so.

This, of course, is the only one of the many reasons why a solo museum visit is the best experience you can have. Besides choosing your own pace and itinerary, in fact, some alone time will bring you closer to your true self and that’s why you should do this every now and then.

Everyone will experience loneliness at some point in their life and learning how to cope with it in such a graceful way can be a precious thing to do. You’re not spending time alone because you have to, you’re doing it because you want to.

If you lack confidence, some alone time can only do you better. Using others as a security blanket when we’re feeling shy or lacking confidence is an unhealthy coping mechanism that will leave us in pieces when that blanket is taken away from us.

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