Ok, so maybe not everyone is as introverted as I am and in need of alone time. But I have a suspicion that even extroverts can benefit from a little aloneness and quietness. But the point is not whether or not you need alone time. It's making sure you get what you need to recharge and feel at peace with yourself again.
This past month I've been putting together a magazine on my own for the first time, and it has been a lot of hard work! Work that I enjoy, but I don't like having tasks hanging over my head for too long. Even editing full-length books only takes me about 3-6 weeks. Doing this magazine had so many non-linear tasks so it felt like I would never be done!
So even any relaxing time I've had lately has been a little stressful. My brain is tired! Now that the magazine is with the proofreader and temporarily off my to-do list, I feel so much more relaxed! I have two and a half magazines to read (that aren't asking me for editing or layout), a new hazelnut candle, and maybe a long hot bath calling my name, if I decide my tattoos are healed enough for a bath (I think they should be). I'm looking forward to it!
When I can have a good balance of time alone vs. time with people, I am much better able to meet others' needs and cheerfully do my job as mom, wife, friend, and even housekeeper and cook. (On the other hand, too much alone time makes me emotional and depressed...that's how I spent my teen years. Marriage did wonders for that!)
What do you do to relax? Do you need alone time, or people time? Whatever recharges you, do more of it!