A balanced life requires time for friends, family, work, and you. We often forget or overlook the latter. We put ourselves last- and for good reason. The kids need to be picked up from school, work deadlines are closing in and you haven’t seen your friend in months! Me-time can wait.
When day-to-day life makes it impossible to devote some time to be alone, we grow exhausted- especially if you’re an introvert such as myself. Sleep may recharge physical batteries, but what about emotional ones? Alone time rejuvenates the soul and allows your brain to reboot. Not to mention it improves concentration, productivity and problem-solving.
So don’t work through lunch. Mark out some time for solitude on your calendar. Put a sign on your door that says ‘KEEP OUT!’ It doesn’t have to be long, just enough time for you to read a book or garden or whatever you like to do in your spare time. As long as you are peacefully, blissfully alone.
“We need solitude, because when we’re alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts.”
― Tamim Ansary,