Every so often I go into hermit mode. It’s not that I don’t like socializing with other people, but I’ve recognized in the last few months that I need time to observe my world and my thoughts.
Hermit mode gives me time to think about any feelings I haven’t quite come to terms with yet. You know, those little passing moments of stress or frustration that we brush off in order to get on with our days. When all of these moments build up, I feel like I respond to everyone with fire or like my head will explode.
So, my solution? I take some loner-time. I’ve found that taking at least a half hour every week to do Abby-things helps to keep me feeling balanced. I zone in to my thoughts instead of zoning out in front of a screen. I walk along the water, take extra time to meditate, write, or take myself out for tea (and savour it rather than slurp it down). I come out of hermit mode feeling happy, social, and at peace. This week I made myself a delicious carob-almond-milk-english toffee stevia cappuccino before going on a half hour stroll and meditation next to the seawall. I noticed how beautiful the water was with the sunlight glistening against it, and was super grateful to be exactly where I was, alone in hermit mode on a Sunday morning.
I highly recommend everyone try this. It helps me to remember that I can make myself feel better, which is a very powerful feeling. On the flip-side, I’m also learning the value in asking for help, even if it’s just asking for an ear while I spout out my worries. It gets these feelings out of my system, and sometimes brings amazing advice. Remember, when your life is really awesome, lots of great things happen to you. Taking time to acknowledge all of them helps to keep them coming! Happy Monday!