As a semi-former extrovert and social butterfly, for years I filled my days with visits with friend and families. I was always planning ahead of what I was going to do with who, on any given night. Big events often in the works and holidays being planned. I loved being with other people.
Or, did I just not like being alone?
During these times of social distancing, being alone with our thoughts, being alone with the same people, and not being able to be the social butterflies and the (dare I say) over-busy people that we have become accustomed to, is challenging many people.
“All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” – Blaise Pascal.
A 2015 report showed many benefits to spending “me-time” alone. When we are constantly engaged with others it leaves limited time for introspection and reflection.
“Constantly being ‘on’ doesn’t give your brain a chance to rest and replenish itself,” Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. wrote in Psychology Today. “Being by yourself with no distractions gives you the chance to clear your mind, focus, and think more clearly. It’s an opportunity to revitalize your mind and body at the same time.”