Isolating? Withdrawing? Or do you just need alone time?

“Society is afraid of alone though. Like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements. Like people must have problems if after awhile no one is dating them. But lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless, and lonely is healing if you make it. You can stand swaffed by groups and mobs and hands with your partner, look both further and farther in the endless quest for company. But no one is in your head. And by the time you translate your thoughts an essence of them maybe lost or perhaps it is just kept. Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from pre-school over to high school groaning, we’re tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cause if you’re happy in your head, and solitude is blessed, and alone is okay.”

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

This was first posted a year ago. Many have told me they found it helpful and so I’m posting it again.

Alone in nature: my idea of heaven

In mainstream mental health circles we are encouraged to believe that “isolating” or “withdrawing” is always bad, that it is in fact pathological.

This is really too bad, as part of healing from mental distress for most people requires spending some time alone. Unfortunately, we find that in professional mental health circles this very natural inclination is often maligned and people are shamed if they show a propensity toward needing time alone.

I certainly need to be alone sometimes and have found some of my deepest healing and found access to those places in the alone times.

Anyone who has spent time in a psych ward know that people are prodded out of their bedrooms and forced to socialize and be in…

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