Confession: I am an introvert. It took many years to accept and love my God-given nature. For a long time, I felt like I was broken or lacking some important personality part because I couldn’t handle excessive activity and interaction.
But I’m not broken. And if you are an introvert, you aren’t broken either. I’m very comfortable being a wallflower. I prefer to stand back and watch rather than be in the middle of the party and it’s totally ok.
We are the quiet ones, but on the inside our gears are going 100 mph. We are thinking, rehashing, planning, preparing. Our thoughts alone can be exhausting. We require alone time to recharge our batteries.
Sometimes I think it would be so much easier to be an extrovert but that’s not going to happen 😀
Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE my extrovert friends so much! They are amazing, fun, outgoing, and the life of the party. But I am only able to take on the energy in small doses before I have to recharge. It is how we are made and it is normal.
So how do introverts deal with a largely extroverted world? We have to find quiet time to get centered. Some need just a few minutes. I love at least an hour alone but that isn’t always possible.
What else do I do that helps?
I stay light-hearted. I have a Pinterest page for that. I also stay away from drama. There are some people I just cannot be around because they suck the life out of me. Energy vampires is what I call them.
I cannot take on too much activity so I’m choosy about what I do. Luckily my husband and kids are also introverts so we are pretty happy hanging out together at home alot of the time. My kids keep their extracurricular activities to a minimum and we have found a good balance.
Working at home is my personal life-saver. It’s funny, but network marketing can be a perfect job for introverts because we desire personal, one-on-one connection. It takes on a very different look from what an extrovert would do with large home meetings, classes, and parties. It may take more time to develop a business, but it is a very rewarding way to work. I have also met great people and one of my very best friends through this. It is awesome!
I force myself to go out and be social on purpose. Yeah we have to do that! I love to attend small groups from church, or brunch with a couple of friends.
I also use social media to my advantage. I have joined small groups with topics that interest me and have made quite a few good “virtual” friends that way.
I use essential oils daily. They help bring balance to help protect me from feeling stressed and over-exposed. Sometimes even though I’m not mentally stressed, my adrenals are still in overdrive. I can’t really control that, but Stress Away, Valor, Balsam Fir, Inner Child, and Frankincense are all helpful for keeping my cool. Oils have hundreds of natural chemical constituents that have an immediate effect on the body. Try them!
We take walks in pretty, quiet nature places. I love the woods. In central Ohio we have Metro Parks which are great.
Exercise. This is SO important! I would probably never be comfortable in a class or group but I have found great solutions for working out at home. Right now I’m using Metabolic Prime and LOVE it!
So those are some of my best practices for being an introvert. What do YOU do? Comment and let me know you favorite tip!