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 writer with a master's degree in psychology. She crafts helpful, science-backed pieces that come straight from the heart. Her writing about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood has appeared in The New York Times, Elemental, Forge, and more.

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