Spending just 15 minutes alone a day can mean the difference between feeling anxious and calm.
A study has found setting aside a quarter of an hour a day makes people feel more calm and peaceful, whether spent in quiet contemplation or with their nose in a good book.
Being alone, particularly by choice, has been found to reduce people’s anger, stress and anxiety.
The downside is loneliness, which can also set in after 15 minutes, but researchers found thinking positive thoughts could help to overturn this feeling.
The results of the study, led by the University of Rochester, are based on four separate experiments with up to almost 350 people asked to spend time alone.