Isolation. A small word which might mean something different to each of us. I go through periods where I completely isolate myself away from the world.
I still go to work and do the things that you have to do but when I'm not doing those things, I hide away. Not all the time but every now and again, I'll go quiet. Whoever I'm talking to, friends, family, I just go off the radar for a while.
I wish I could explain why, sometimes I just need to be alone, sometimes I just don't have the energy to try and make conversation. I don't mean that in a horrible way to anyone, I'm not doing it because of something someone had done or said but it's almost like an exhaustion.
Being around people, having to make conversation, having to be social wears on you and I think January is one of those anti-climactic months. Christmas has just gone, parties, lots of time spent towards being social and January is a great escape from all of that.
I know humans are social animals but I genuinely believe I could spend a long, long time being completely alone and just getting on with my own things. It's nice not to have to find the energy to be social, it's nice to put yourself into isolation and take a break. Sometimes, it's necessary.