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. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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