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, 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?