Time Out: Good For The Soul

Waking up yesterday, I felt so much better than I had in weeks. I’m still a little low, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it has been. The best part is that I feel refreshed.

I took the week for myself. No social engagements (except for group), disconnected from social networks, and stayed off WhatsApp for a few days. I would get home from work (took Wednesday off), then the rest of the day I would spend reading, writing, watching my favourite TV shows, and just daydreaming (my meditation). I also spent about an hour with my other therapist… The beach and ocean.

Isolating myself for a while has paid off. These times aren’t about anyone else. It’s my “selfish time”. I do it because it’s what I need in order to recharge. To take care of myself and keep myself safe (and sane). Those people who say that I need to force myself to get out there and do things, don’t know anything about how my internal world functions. If I force myself, and follow that advice, it’s like adding fuel to the already blazing fire inside me. People drain me. Being out in the world with people all over the place, is exhausting. There’s just too much stimuli out there, and I think that feeds into my hyper-vigilance. So instead of adding even more stress to my body, I choose to stay in the comfort of my room (and one day, my own place). I don’t mind having a friend over for coffee during these times, but I won’t go to a coffee shop or any other public place.

When I can afford it, I’m going to invest in a tent. Whenever I feel like I need to get away and be alone, I’ll go camping. Spend time in nature, and enjoy the silence.

Obviously, I’m an introvert. Most of the introverts I know, can recharge after a day or two. But I take longer. It sometimes takes me a week or more. I accept this part of me now, whereas before I’d just beat myself up over it.

One of the OT’s shared this quote with me, and it’s one of my favourites.



29 responses to “Time Out: Good For The Soul”

  1. Good for you, Rayne. Glad to see you regenerated. 🙂

    That tent idea sounds pretty great, being out in nature can be exactly what we need sometimes. Otherwise, we can always go to Narnia. 😉

    Love the quote, big hugs dear ❤

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  2. Love this post. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. I’m in the process of recharging, ignoring messages and for disconnecting from people. A few days isn’t enough for me either. I need a week or two away, to calm my thoughts and get myself together. It’s what’s needed for introverts like us. There is a peace from cutting off social engagements. =)

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  3. I shared that quote on my Instagram the other day. I had a really good in depth convo last night with someone else who is like me – a highly sensitive person, an extroverted introvert, and sometimes we just need to recharge.

    I’m glad you recharged.

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  4. I can so relate. I used to deal bad about spending so much time at home with YouTube and my books but I actually think it’s better for me to do that than be surrounded by people everyday. And now i kind of accept that. Everyone is different no one can tell you what you should or shouldn’t be doing with your life because they are not you. Take care ❤ xx

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    • One good thing about being the way we are, is that we’re content with our own company. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be afraid of being alone, like so many people are. So we have an advantage there. ❤ xxx

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  5. Its so lovely to read this. You took care of yourself and it really paid off honouring your real need for healing solitude. Very inspiring and a great reminder of how important quiet time is when we are highly tuned and sensitive. Love it 💞

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  6. That is a great quote! I love it.
    I love that you have taken time for yourself. I’d love to sleep out in nature too. I try to be out in it as much as possible. It is very calming to me.
    I was just thinking about you today and I’m so glad I saw your post.

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  7. Glad to hear that you took time away for yourself! Us introverts need this in different time lengths..Sometimes I need a couple of days, other times I can be quite content on my own for longer. x

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