Thought I'd share my story here too, originally in a comments section of this community (which I'm so glad exists):
I'm by nature a social person I love being around people and conversing, going out and doing social activities. But that's just one side of me.
Sometimes I just really need to enclose myself in my personal space away from everybody and lose myself in a good book or have some time to contemplate my thoughts. I always hope people understand and don't think I'm being weird, I just really need time to gather my thoughts, have some peace quiet and serenity and recharge the energy that's been drained.
What reactions have people got to needing this alone time (from family members, friends), do they understand?