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GET SOME SPACE

If you’re always stressed out from answering emails or ferrying kids around, you could benefit from some solo time. Being alone is firmly on trend – and could save your sanity

Can you remember the last time you did something for yourself, by yourself? If the answer’s no, then – ironically – you’re not alone. In this always-connected world, solitude is a luxury many of us feel we can’t afford. A survey last year found some mothers only have 17 minutes per day of ‘me-time’. The demand for solo holidays is at an all-time high, while a US survey found that even young people are opting to travel on their tod rather than holiday with friends.

The psychological benefits of spending time in your own company are well documented. ‘Solid research says time spent alone improves our empathy and memory,’ says psychologist Dr Nick Baylis (drnickbaylis.com). ‘It creates deeper relationships, as you each nurture your own passions and grow as individuals, reconnecting again with more to share with each other.’ A Harvard study even found that it boosts creativity because, away from others’ judgement, we can let rip with our imaginations. There’s no doubt: a bit of space is good for you.

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It's almost Christmas! Get prepared with the December/January healthy magazine, featuring wellness bloggers Zanna Van Dijk, Natasha Corrett and Carly Rowena. Find 37 festive recipes – including clean, free-from, healthy and delicious options to please everyone. Plus, two women reveal their life-changing #bestgiftever – what's yours? Keep your mind and body on track this Christmas with the new digital edition of healthy.