Walk away from others. Walk away into your solitude to let your mind breathe fresh thoughts.
Solitude cleanses your mind like fasting cleanses your body. You need a cleansing from time to time in order to keep up your mental health and in order to grow.
Chronic solitude has its negative aspects, yes: the longer you stay in solitude, the more your social skills wither. In solitude, you can’t develop communication skills or leadership qualities. In solitude, there are no social challenges to tackle, no relationships to build, and no dominance dynamics to master. In solitude, there are no women to sleep with. You certainly won’t become a high-status man in solitude.
But who said that your solitude must be chronic? When your solitude is a retreat and a moving inside, you can always emerge back and rise anew. Solitude is a katabatic phase—a phase of walking down and away, a phase of slowing down and growing silent, a phase of strengthening your roots and building core confidence. Solitude is a death that primes a rebirth.
Solitude is not sitting alone at home listening to music, watching TV/YT, playing video games, or reading books. Solitude is not solitary stimulation. Solitude is not an immersion in consumerism. Rather, solitude is walking through forests—alone—and hiking on mountaintops. Solitude is meditating, inside and outside. Solitude is having meals without company. Solitude is working and exercising in utter silence. Solitude is going about your day without distractions: no email, no text, no social media. Solitude is thinking without talking, reflecting without consuming, expressing yourself without echo, and learning without listening to anyone but yourself. Solitude is being alone with your body, your mind, your emotions, your thoughts.
Solitude is not darkness. There is a joyous, glorious glow in solitude that lonely people cannot see. To experience that joy, your solitude must result from a choice—a willful expression of your freedom—that answers a call of your True Will, telling you to retreat into your independent, solitary being. For mentally tough people, solitude is bliss. Solitude is a practice in self-contentment. And it is the well of wisdom.
See, wisdom springs not from pure life experience. How many men have been put through the deepest muds and harshest pains of the earth and never turned wise! Wisdom springs from (active) life experience that has been reflected upon, reflected upon in solitude. Solitude is the state that allows personal experience to transform into wisdom. To gain wisdom, you must walk into solitude, and prepare yourself with experience.