Creating moments of solitude

countryside-1845693_1920It’s a well known fact that introverts need solitude. Most of the time, I retreat to a cozy corner of my living room, switch on my diffuser, and curl up with a book. But regardless of how you like to spend your quiet time, the important thing is that you get it. Here are a few tips to take advantage of those windows of solitude.

1. Schedule in solitude.
Quiet time rarely just happens. In fact, if I don’t plan for it, I end up burned out and irritable by the evening with no end in sight. I’ve actually written ‘quiet time’ in my daily planner and it’s helped in reminding me to take time to recharge. In order to fit it into my busy schedule,ย I’ve reduced the amount of time spent online and have dedicated it to quiet time instead.

2. Keep your evenings open.
The majority of my quiet time is spent in the evenings. By limiting the number of commitments I have during the weeknights, it enables me to spend my evenings at home. I will sometimes get together with friends during the week, but I try to schedule my social activity during the weekend.

3. Turn off the tech.
I’ve recently started turning off my computer and phone after dinner. This removes the temptation to constantly check my email, endlessly scroll through social media, or binge watch random YouTube videos. It’s allowed me to focus on the things I need to get done around the home. But it has the added benefit of freeing up more time for quiet time and creative ventures.

4. Go for a walk.
I love going for walks. It’s the perfect way to combine both quiet time and contemplation with exercise. I like to run though the days events as I walk, assess and analyze what happened, and make plans for the coming days. It helps me organize all the thoughts swirling around in my head and leaves me feeling calmer and more recharged.

How do you find solitude?

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12 thoughts on “Creating moments of solitude

  1. KDKH says:

    A long hot bath with a book is a favorite, as well as walking my dog(s). Weirdly enough, doing laundry is sometimes my introverted time. No one interrupts me. While my hands work, I get a mini-solitude moment just letting my thoughts stray.

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  2. Bart Leahy says:

    I’m not good about turning off the tech (I figure typing is easier than talking). I am good about getting walks in. I don’t have to “schedule” a lot of quiet time because I live alone and often work from home–if anything, I have to make sure I schedule “people time” once a week so I don’t fall out of practice! As for keeping the evenings free, well, choosing a life of permanent singularity has its benefits. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stay peaceful,

    /b

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  3. Mominimal says:

    It is so important to have quiet time. My quiet time is every evening after 8. My husband and I are best friends, and after baby boy goes to sleep we often read to each other or play a game or just sit and talk. Honestly, there’s nothing in the world I’d rather do with my nights. Sometimes, I go watch the ocean during the day if I need just some me time, or snuggle on the couch with my cat. Being an introvert I’ve gotten pretty good at finding bits of quiet throughout my day.

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