It’s Wednesday and I am definitely running on empty. Tired, blah and just plain unmotivated. I don’t have these days often, so it usually catches me off guard. Rather than give in to a “pity party”, I’m going to refuel!
How’d I Get Here?
How I got here is no surprise! My calendar has been full this month, with little room for recovery, and I only have myself to blame. As a social introvert, I enjoy gatherings and being involved with my family and community; however, I also know that if I don’t make space for having time alone, then “empty” is where I’ll be.
By over filling my calendar I set myself up for an inevitable crash into the “blahs”. I know my limits for socializing and activities, but ignored them. My efforts to meet the needs of others left me drained. All of these things were good, just too much at one time!
How To Refuel
Since I’ve been “around this mountain” before, I know how to refuel. A little sleep, food and time to myself should do the trick. Even when the prophet Elijah ran off into the wilderness to hide after a great battle, God sent him food and told him to take a nap! For social introverts, this is excellent advice.
So rather than beat myself up, I decided to do just that. It’s amazing how a nap and a good lunch can turn things around. I also planned to watch one of my favorite tv shows and just chill. I suppose you could call this a little “me time”.
Tips For Social Introverts
- Don’t overfill your calendar. Always leave space for some time alone after socializing.
- Know your limits. Every introvert has different needs for recovery. Know yours and stick to it.
- Prepare for socializing by making sure you get enough sleep and food beforehand.
- Say “no” when you need to have some time alone.
- Incorporate routine “me time” into your schedule. Things like reading, listening to music, going for walks or watching a movie will help you stay relaxed and calm.
- Create a quiet space where you can unwind.
Everyone has days that are just “blah”. The goal is not to “park” there. When you find yourself running on empty, then it’s time to take a break and give yourself time to refuel. A little preventative self care goes a long way toward maintaining your physical and mental well being.