We live in a society that can get stressful - especially if you live in a big city. I live in London and it can really be a challenge because there is a lot of traffic and a lot of people pretty much everywhere. And everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere, so staying centred and grounded (I try!) has really been a test for me.
I grew up in the countryside in Switzerland and I'm used to having pure, beautiful nature around me everywhere I go. I'm also used to very few people, because there are just not as many people in Switzerland! So moving to London has really been a big change for me, especially being around people a lot and to sort of mingle and interact with them, when actually I'd like to be by myself. I believe part of my journey's destiny is to reach others, the very thing I fear. I've encountered many people that are more introverted but their expression is destined to reach others. I know the feeling all too well of wanting to retreat from humanity. I believe I have understood some vitals though. For one, we are meant to live a life where we express ourselves fully and joyfully. Where we are continuously discovering ourselves and our God nature, transcend the chaos of thoughts and thus change our world and reality. As we release binding programs and limitations our expression becomes full. In that sense, we're doing ourselves a favour in balancing our social lives. We retreat when we need to, but do not withdraw from human interactions.
Remembering these things in midst of a chaotic city has really helped me connect and stay grounded. If you can go outside and spend time in nature, of course that's an added bonus ;-)