When we voluntarily let go of a familiar (but lethal) coping tool, we can experience emotional discomfort. But it gets better with time.
In order to let go of that coping skill we may need to (at least temporarily) withdraw from certain social settings. Some of the old “places and faces” can be really strong triggers.
Being alone can give us time to practice acceptance, can help us focus on the world within, and can help us avoid unhealthy dependence upon media and technology.
Let’s make time for and celebrate our “alone time.” We’re good company!