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Abstract

Purposefully spending time alone with the intention of self-care can lead to mental health benefits for emerging adults. However, when the motivation for spending time alone is rooted in the desire to be socially avoidant, emerging adults may find themselves becoming isolated and may experience increased levels of anxiety and/or depression. Effective solitude excludes any other individuals and the use of social media. As emerging adults purposefully spend time alone, they are creating opportunities for self-reflection that may then lead to the strengthened development of emotional regulation skills. The ability to emotionally regulate provides the necessary tools to cope with stressful situations, such as transitioning to college or entering into a romantic relationship. This literature review discusses the relationship between self-care and improved emotional regulation and mental well-being as well as the relationship of purposefully spending time alone and overall mental health.

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