Being alone sometimes carries a negative stigma. People don’t want to feel isolated. Loved ones don’t understand why you need to be by yourself (and they take it personally). But we all need alone-time. Sometimes nothing is wrong and we just need to take time out to recharge. However, there are times when we are stretched so thin that if we don’t detach, we may do things that we would regret later on. These subtle signals in your mood will tell you when you need a break:
If you’re wound up tight, you probably need to pull back. Being around others may cause more stress.
Instead of letting your anger erupt, sometimes walking away and cooling down is the way to go. You can reflect on what’s going on and choose appropriate action.
You have a short fuse and little things that wouldn’t have bothered you now seem monumental. You’re making mountains out of molehills.
You’re projecting the worst case scenario much of the time. You lack perspective and feel overwhelmed by it all.
Time for a break.
Here’s a video about how to be your own “good company”: