The Need for Introversion (Even When You’re Extroverted)
Have you ever had one of those days where you’ve been running around, getting a lot done, perhaps talking to tons of people…but you get home and you need to just chill for a while? For extroverts, I’m talking about the kind of day where you’re cultivating energy like crazy through your interactions – and it’s so, so gratifying – but you need a day (or two) to recover.
I had one of these days recently. I had meetings, ran errands, and ended the evening with an hour and a half presentation. Mind you, I was 5 months pregnant at this time, so I’m a little more tired than usual; but the day still took quite a bit out of me.
After days like this, it doesn’t really matter if you’re an extrovert (and energized by being around others) or not, you’re just tired – emotionally and energetically. It’s important that you give yourself the time and space to rest and have introverted time. Here’s how.
Plan for it.
Prior to it happening, I knew that day was going to be hectic, based on my calendar. So I intentionally made sure I had zero phone or in-person meetings the next day and didn’t (have to) leave the house. I planned for a day of introversion, because I knew I needed the recovery time.
Self-care it up, girl.
One of the best ways I’ve found to recover from a busy time or day is to give myself loads of self-care during that introverted rest time. For me, that’s a bath, meditation, exercise, or simply the guilt-free time of reading a book.
Get plenty of sleep, water, and whole foods.
It may feel like it goes without saying that post-energetically draining day, you should get lots of rest. However, it’s important that you get very aware of this. Actively get ready for bed earlier than you normally do, taking at least one hour away from electronic devices before sleep. Give your brain the rest it needs.
In addition, you should have drank plenty of water and eaten healthy during your extroverted energy-filled day, as well as on your introverted recovery day. Drink (at least) half of your body weight in fluid ounces of water and focus on grounding foods from the earth that will help you recover your energy quickly.
Have you ever taken the time to have an introverted rest day? What did you do?