Where Is the Line Between Isolating And Me Time?
Is Fall the Season for Isolation?
It's fall. The sun is rising later and setting earlier. Fifty degrees in February feels positively balmy, but in October it sends me inside for a blanket and a fire.
So quite naturally people are spending more time indoors and less time socializing. Alone time can be healthy and stimulating. But where is the line between isolating and me time?
You Know You're Isolating When...
There is one major difference between isolating and having me time. Intention. If you plan time alone to do something you enjoy, that's healthy. Everyone needs to breathe and indulge in things they can only do alone. So, if you spending your time alone doing things that stimulate you, you're fine!
If your intention is to avoid stimulation, conversation, or being "on," you may be isolating.
This is an important distinction because humans are social creatures. Yes, even introverted ones! We all need human company and connection to thrive.
What Do You Do If You're Isolating?
If you're prone to seasonal depression or isolation, now is a great time to put some practices in place to make sure that this year, you take better care of yourself.
The thing to remember is, fall is the season for letting go, but everything has balance. Don't let it all go and forget to care about yourself and engage in life.
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