Alone time

How do you recharge? I have recently discovered that I’m an introvert. In addition to feeling a little silly that it took me more than 30 years to realize this, I feel relieved. This is why I need quiet to be grounded. This is why, even though I love my friends, I only seem to have energy for one or two social activities a week. This is why, at some point every day, I need space.

This morning, the whole family went to a preschool open house for my oldest. It was lovely and also I came home and needed to not have my kids on me right then. I told my ever-understanding husband that I needed to peace out and headed to my happy place: my favorite neighborhood bookstore (Moon Palace books! Minneapolis people, if you haven’t been there, go!). I browsed and doodled and ate at their awesome cafe and I came back 1.5 hours later ready for the rest of my life.

alone time

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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