As an introvert, I enjoy my own company and doing activities in solitude.
I’m a little quiet and reserved, but I love listening and taking in everything around me. Often I feel I, along with many other introverts, can be misunderstood. That said, I thought I would share with you a little insight into my mind, the mind of an introvert.
Because introverts generally enjoy their own company, we often have a small number of close friends. Therefore our friendship circles are small and tight-knit. It’s not that we don’t like people; we struggle in big groups and can find it very draining. Social situations also can make me somewhat anxious, especially if they involve people I don’t know well. I struggle with small talk and hate being the centre of attention—all typical attributes of an introvert.
Sometimes socialising can be quite draining
As a result, we introverts often need more space and time to recharge after socialising. It’s an actual balancing act getting out enough to not turn into a hermit; versus taking enough time to renew and refill my cup.
Consequently, I find people have considered me somewhat shy and/or anti-social at times. I’m not really, though. I love to sit back and listen, take in everything around me and contemplate it. It’s how I enjoy socialising; Being able to take it all in first and then come back with a thought or opinion as I’m ready. Although, I have found myself getting left behind in conversations at times because I contemplate too long. But that’s ok generally I get what I need from the interaction. I also find I can burn out fairly easy when socialising even online so I need to make sure I take time out to recharge. This I’m sure has made people feel I’m not so keen on hanging out, but I am I love to get out amongst it even if I’m a little reserved.
The hardest part about being an introvert is maintaining friendships.
It has always been a sticking point for me. My partner and I have mutual friends we spend time with together; aside from that, I don’t really have friends of my own. For the most part, it hasn’t bothered me. Although from time to time, I miss having someone to confide in.
Because of this, I have taken a bit of time to think it over and find what I can do to help myself. One thing that came to mind is that I have a terrible tendency to not keep in touch with people. I’ve let many friendships or connections slip by through lack of communication. I have always been relatively solitary and don’t talk or socialise as much as others might.
But, now that I see what I am doing, I have started to make a conscious effort to build and maintain future friendships. I am making a conscious effort when it comes to balancing my time. Making sure I make an effort to be present with my friends whether in person or via message, while also keeping myself in check. Making sure my cup is full so I can be fully there for both myself, my friends and my family. If I feel I need a little time to recharge I like to take some time alone and diffuse essential oils. I do this while either meditating, listening to podcasts, reading or knitting. All of these allow me to settle my nerves and regroup.
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I would love to know your thoughts on all of this. Can you relate? Maybe you have some tips for me or other introverts? If you do, please do leave a comment and let us know your hints and tricks