In our uber connected, extrovert world, be it online, in person, and where being ‘social’ and ‘friendly’ is something that even teachers grade young children against, it is no wonder that being alone has become something of a lost art. Susan Cain in ‘Quiet’ talks about how for many people, being over stimulated is exhausting and draining. For many others, being alone causes worries: they are not ‘liked’ if they are not around others; there is something wrong if they’re not ‘busy’.
Spending time alone is important. To re-charge our batteries, to re-energise. And to understand our responses and how to draw strength from inside ourselves, rather than from those people and situations around us.
This is a great article on how to be alone: