by Bryce Evans,
The One Project
I’m an introvert. I enjoy spending time alone. At times it’s hard for me to communicate or open up to others. After spending time with other people, I need time for myself to process everything and recharge. This is a vital insight into myself that I’ve really only discovered in the last couple years, something that I’m still trying implement when the need arises. I’ve been trying to learn the art of the introvert recharge.
Letting Those Close To You Know
It can help tremendously to let the people closest to you (the ones you will be hanging out with often) know about how you need time to recharge. This can help to prevent misunderstandings and ensure that they do not feel upset or otherwise if you need to leave to take time for yourself. Your friends and family can also help you to become aware of when you need to say goodbye for some alone time.
Building Awareness Of When To (Be Alone / Turn In)
With all the different factors at play, there are times when it can be hard to know why you’re tired. Everyone may be different, but by trying to find patterns in different situations that have tired you out you can begin to build an awareness of what affects you most and when to turn in.
Plan Time In Your Day To Recharge
When making plans with others, it’s important to set time aside in your schedule for you to recharge before you get back to work, meet up with the next person or go to bed. If you set the time aside beforehand, you will be more likely to utilize the time to reflect on the events and recharge your energy. What you do in that time is up to you, each person will have a unique set of tools that will help them.
Find Your Tools to experiment. You can take the advice of others, but we will all have a unique set and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you or others. However,here’s a list of activities you can try while taking time to refresh:
- Free writing
- Walk outside (without tech)
- Listening to music
- Playing music
Are you an introvert? How do you recharge after hanging out with others? Let us know in the comments below!
About the author:
Bryce – Founder at The One Project ; Bryce Evans is an award-winning artist of social change and Founder of The One Project, the photography community for depression and anxiety. Using the techniques that he used to overcome his own severe depression and anxiety, Bryce is teaching the therapeutic power of photography and how it can change how we see (and talk about) mental health. Over the last 5 years, he has been researching, writing, teaching and understanding how alternative tools like meditation, creative writing and photography can help you become your most authentic self. You can connect with Bryce personally online as @artofbryce