It’s hard to express how important this is. More introverted people find this quite easy, and feel the need for space more acutely, while others who enjoy being around people a lot find this much harder. I usually fit into the second category.
Sometimes all you need is a few minutes to your self, to reflect and simply be with you. This can be over a coffee or a few moments of reflection or prayer. Other times, longer periods of separation are needed if you’ve really been putting out a great deal of energy. If you work around a lot of people it is likely that you experience the need to be alone. Often though, things are left to deteriorate, our energy levels that is, and you know this when you start to feel more irritable, angry, or just less passionate about life. I’ve often found that illness can coincide with this. When we become sick (I don’t mean major illness of course) it’s often our body making us slow down and remove ourselves so we can recharge. Indeed, when we stress ourselves, through an excess of work, social interaction, or physical or mental activity, and don’t properly allow for rest our body will often express this in a loss of energy, health, and general wellbeing. If you don’t make time for you, your body will find a way, and it might not be to your liking! With the new year, resolve to becoming more in tune with you energy levels.
Make a practice of creating time for yourself each day, it can be anywhere – at home, in a park, café, church – wherever you feel comfortable. The more flexible you are about the external conditions the more easily you’ll be able to satisfy the need. The important thing is just to stop for a few minutes. When I do this, I use it as time to write in my journal – this helps to get thoughts and ideas out of my head and onto the page. Doing this regularly will help you maintain your energy and peace of mind. Don’t wait until you become sick or grumpy. Recharge everyday.