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- 5 reasons why introverts need time alone
In today’s blog post, I want to discuss 5 reasons why introverts need time alone. Of course, I can’t speak for all introverts, but I can speak for myself. I am an introvert who genuinely thought I was broken because I liked having time alone.
When I was younger, ‘friends’ would guilt me into hanging out when I said I felt too tired to hang out. I resorted to lying just to get out of social gatherings. Now I have real friends who understand if I feel too drained to hang out and will happily rearrange plans.
Enough of the rambling; let’s check out 5 reasons why introverts need time alone.
5 reasons why introverts need time alone
Again, every person is different, so I can only speak for myself about why I need time alone. Let me know in the comments at the bottom if you relate to any of these.
I’ve heard the phrase ‘introvert hangover’ before, which I found intriguing. While I do enjoy social gatherings, it takes a lot out of me, which is why I feel like I require time to recuperate and recharge. A cosy night at home helps, or even pursuing my own interests.
Pursue your own interests
When everything feels like too much, I spend time alone, allowing me to pursue my own interests. Blogging and crafting, for example, allow me to recharge my batteries and can be peaceful. My mind is focused on one thing, and it can help me feel less anxious.
I’ve realised that after a lot of back-to-back events with various people (no matter how much I enjoy their company), it can make me feel frustrated. Little things can feel too much, and I can become annoyed at even the most pleasant conversations.
When I spend too much time around other people, I have a tendency to feel anxious. I’ll feel nervous around people I’ve known for years or have trouble concentrating on what they are actually saying.
It sometimes feels as though my heart is beating ten to the dozen as I fidget with my fingers. All because it becomes too much. No matter how much I like the company of the people I am with, I can feel anxious, and I might shut off from what they are saying.
I like my alone time
Sometimes you don’t need a reason to like having alone time. I like spending time alone, and that’s okay. As I mentioned, I once thought spending time alone was weird, but it’s not; it is a chance to get to know yourself and your interests. Whether an introvert or not, spending time alone can be valuable.
Wanting time alone doesn’t mean I hate people. Well, not all people. Being an introvert, for me, just means I need time away from people to recharge to fill my social battery so I can go back into the world.
Wanting time alone is okay. I strongly believe we all need some form of social interaction, but wanting a time-out from social gatherings is perfectly normal.
Overall, I am glad I have friends who accept the fact that sometimes I just want to hang out alone or even have a night at home together, not interacting much.
What is your favourite activity to do alone? Movies? Crafts? Blogging?