Not only are social breaks okay, they are highly recommended. One can get mentally tired from too much talking and socializing and need a break from “peopleing”.
There is now a term out called an ambivert. It’s a hybrid of an extrovert and an introvert. I believe this describes me the best. I love people and socializing, but the best time I have is in recharge mode, all alone.
Ambiverts get that just because you fall back from everyone for a while, it doesn’t mean you don’t want to talk ever. You simply need to refocus.
Again that’s OK. Just politely tell folks you’ll talk to them another time, don’t be rude or shady. People are best in small dosages anyways. This is Halloween week/weekend, where all sorts of socializing and weird stuff happens. Children gain the courage to ask strangers and friends alike for candy. After the sugar and people rush, they definitely need a break as well.
So continue to be social, but don’t apologize for canceling an appointment, a dinner date, or an outing. That me time is so important. I’m getting mine in right now. Enjoy!