Alone time is necessary although it can be difficult. People have different tolerance levels when it comes to how much “me” time they can handle, with some using it to replenish their energy and others needing to be around others in order to function properly. There’s nothing wrong with either; there are introverts and extroverts and people in between. Still, alone time provides benefits for everyone and can be used to nourish yourself and your inner world.

Introverts and extroverts are different. Despite the myths that surround them, introverts don’t need to be shy and anxious around others; they simply enjoy spending time alone, are likely conflict avoidant and make for great listeners. In contrast, extroverts tend to feel energized when interacting with others and likely find being alone draining.

Here are 5 things that can help you find joy in your alone time, whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert:

Talk about your feelings

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Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it’s okay to feel comfortable or uncomfortable with being alone. Talk about your feelings with the people closest to you, letting them know if you want space or if you want to create boundaries that way you can create a space for yourself without the intrusion of others.

Use alone time for self care

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Some activities work better when practiced alone, and can be more beneficial if you create boundaries that allow for alone time. Turn off social media notifications and create the space for doing activities like exercise, meditation and sleep. Don’t view this as punishment, simply view it as a way as growing more resilient and comfortable with yourself.

Hang out with animals

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Animals are great companions. They’re silent but their presence can be felt and it contributes to a less lonely environment. Hanging out with cats or dogs is nourishing and can help you get in touch with your feelings, while also taking responsibility for an animal that depends on you for care.

Use your alone time to feel productive

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Spending time alone can be very productive. It can be a time for introspection and reflection, used to develop a better relationship with yourself and with loneliness, which isn’t easy to cope with.

Get creative

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While alone time can be spent doing nourishing things like eating out, reading or watching a TV show, you can also try out something creative like painting or drawing. Use your alone time to dive into a new creative project and try to enjoy yourself as best as you can.

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