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Holiday Help for Introverts

Oct 30, 2019 10:45PM ● By Rebecca Young
Being an introvert has a lot of advantages; however, there is a downside that we shouldn’t ignore. We are a quiet bunch that is often made to feel like we don’t fit in because we aren’t boisterous or overly outgoing. Unlike extraverts, who gain energy from being  around others, introverts feel drained when they are around people for too long. Knowing that, introverts should honor their personal limits and not push themselves beyond their comfort zone when possible.

Some tips for self-care:

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* If you know you have a stressful event coming up, remember that stress depletes you. Arrange to have lots of downtime the following day to give you a chance to recharge. Enter blocks of time for rest and relaxation on your calendar like you would with any other appointment.

* Don’t feel bad when you can’t keep the same kind of busy-but-fun schedules that extraverts can. Their nervous systems thrive on that constant activity.

* Remember, there is no reason to feel guilty for wanting solitude. It’s okay to turn down an invitation to go out just so you can sit on the couch and read a book.  

* If you aren’t already practicing these, meditation and yoga are great ways to quiet the mind. As introverts, we tend to overthink and get stuck in our own heads. These are two great ways to counteract that.

* Instill firm boundaries and start getting comfortable saying no, especially with emotional vampires. Your time and energy are precious. Use them doing things that nourish you, not things done out of obligation or guilt.  

* When feeling yourself getting overwhelmed in a crowded situation, try to imagine you have a protective white light (or bubble) around you keeping you safe.

Patti Sabla is a licensed clinical social worker and founder of Sensitive Soul Therapy, in Orange City. For more information, call 407-307-2932 or visit PattiSabla.com.

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