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Introvert alone in nature

Ask any introvert to name one thing they're good at and chances are they will say "sitting in silence."

There is no denying it: Introverts can seem out of sorts in the loud, fast-paced world in which we live. 

With so many things vying for our attention -- from advertisements to text messages to social media alerts -- it can feel like an all-out assault on the senses.

And, yet, introverts know exactly what it takes to replenish their energy reserves: utter silence. 

Taking a deep breath and finding refuge in solitude -- whether at the park, library, or in our own car -- is what we do best (or at least one of the things we have a knack for).

When we pause, it allows us to reset and consider our options, our possibilities.

This allows us to strengthen ties with others -- from partners to co-workers -- and, more importantly, with ourselves. 

Because here's the thing: If introverts don't get their much-needed alone time, they'll be disinclined to interact with others. And if they don't interact with others for too long, they begin to feel a bit left out and irritable. It's truly a vicious cycle. 

There are those who fear silence, either because they have been conditioned to think it is socially frowned upon to enjoy one's own company, the person is an extrovert who thrives on having others around, or he/she doesn't know what it's like to plop down without a loud TV or chatty companion blaring away. 

Silence offers a myriad of benefits, including allowing us to:

  • Clear our heads
  • Become mindful
  • Nurture our inner voice 
  • Achieve self-awareness 
  • Enjoy solitary activities like reading 
Do you happen to fall into the group of those who fear solitude because they think it will induce loneliness? 

Solitude and loneliness are not one and the same. While loneliness is a negative state from which it can be hard to escape, solitude is a positive one people arrive at when aiming to relax and slow down the pace. 

Never let anyone guilt you into feeling weird or antisocial just because you want time for yourself. Not everyone understands how introverts are wired and just how crucial quiet tranquility is to our well-being. 

So if desiring solitude carries a negative stigma, so be it. Don't feel guilty about declining a party invitation or two if you feel you'd rather enjoy some time alone. Sometimes a good book, the ocean, or the moon is all the company we need. 

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