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Tiny Bites 20: On Being Alone

February 22, 2018
Tiny Bites Ep. 20: On Being Alone | Tiny Ambitions

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In this week’s episode of Tiny Bites, I’m exploring what it means to be physically alone. Specifically, how we can use alone time as a tool in our minimalist toolbox to check in with ourselves to see if we’re on the right track. I’m also sharing a listener question about how I use Anchor, the app I use to record my podcasts.

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  • Lisa February 24, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    What a great discussion of being alone, Britt. I hadn’t ever consciously thought about the points you bring up, so you’ve given me some food for thought. I absolutely love being alone, especially after a long day of interacting with others. As an introvert, I really need alone time or I get completely drained of energy and quite irritable. For me it’s quite fascinating to hear people talk about how much they need to be around others, because I just can’t relate to it. My sister-in-law, for example, gets very depressed if she’s not around people for even relatively short periods of time. I can appreciate that it’s the way she is, but I can’t understand what it would feel like to need that kind of continuous social interaction.

    I like your idea of a quick check-in when we find ourselves alone to recalibrate a little. Now that I’ve started incorporating mindfulness techniques into my life to help me with my mental health, I’m realising that those quick check-ins are just as important as longer, scheduled meditation sessions. If I don’t find those little moments of stillness throughout the day, even if I’ve done a meditation in the morning, I find myself feeling tired and overwhelmed well before the end of the day.

    • Britt February 24, 2018 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! It’s so interesting hearing other people’s experiences of how they deal with social interactions. I definitely wouldn’t be able to relate to your sister-in-law either. Needing social time is so foreign to me, since I try to avoid it at all costs!

      That’s so awesome you’re doing quick check-ins with yourself. I think for a lot of people, taking two seconds to just notice where they are is more feasible than getting them to do a 15minute or more formal meditation session. I know for myself, it just seems to daunting to commit that time formally. If the whole point of meditation is awareness, I see no reason why a 30 sec check-in can’t be just as useful.

      Thanks for listening, Lisa! If it wasn’t for your kind comments, I might have stopped doing Tiny Bites a long time ago.

      • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment February 27, 2018 at 4:53 am

        That is my pleasure! I’m glad you’ve persisted with Tiny Bites Britt and I hope you’re enjoying creating the podcast. As I think I may have said before, it’s a perfect complement to your blog content. When a new episode comes out I listen while I walk to the train station after finishing work, and I always look forward to it. 🙂

        • Britt February 27, 2018 at 7:46 am

          Thanks, Lisa! That means so much to me!

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