Happy hump day, friends! We are officially midway through the week. So far this week I have been really focusing on my goals for October. I’m determined to knock them out of the park this month. Already this week I’ve been focusing more on self-care and have been able to spend at least 30 minutes practicing self-care daily. It occurred to me yesterday that as an introvert, I sure spend a lot of time in the company of other people. I am a counselor, after all, which means I usually spend my entire day interacting with people on a deep level. So by the end of the day, self-care is essential.
Related reading: 30 Day Mind+Body+Soul Self-Care Challenge (With FREE Printable!)
In many ways, being an introvert and a counselor is a great combination. Introverts crave deep, meaningful relationships, which actually makes counseling a great field for us. But with counseling, generally there isn’t any reciprocation with the emotional connection. Sure, we counselors connect and bond with our clients. We have emotional responses to their lives. But we don’t share much about our own lives. We don’t share our own fears or grievances. Heck, we don’t even necessarily share our joys.
So for an introvert like myself, I come home needing my alone time. Being an introvert isn’t always the easiest because we are oftentimes misunderstood. In the spirit of being more lighthearted these days, I’ve compiled a list of 21 truths that any introvert will understand.
21 Truths that Any Introvert can Understand
You are really good at functioning in a constant state of exhaustion.
I’m convinced that our society was structured for extroverts. But ya know, we introverts are adaptable.
You are the master of knowing how to get out of a social situation.
You don’t have to worry too much about being overstimulated because you probably know exactly what to say to get out of it if you needed to.
Yet somehow people are drawn to your quiet demeanor.
When you’re at a party, you make friends with the cat.
Or the dog.
Animals are better than people anyway.
Lying in bed watching Netflix is a perfect night out to you.
“Why are you so quiet?”
You seem to understand everyone but few people can understand you.
You recognize the differences between social anxiety, shyness, and introversion.
They’re not the same, people.
Even listening to the radio is exhausting sometimes.
You’re convinced you might actually be an old lady.
Drinking tea and going to bed at 8:30 sounds perfectly acceptable to me.
People watching is a perfectly good way to spend your time.
As long as there is limited social interaction.
Sometimes you wish you were more extroverted actually.
In fact, sometimes you actually rock at being social, to the point that you think maybe you’re becoming more extroverted.
Then you experience awkward silence and realize that you almost lost yourself for a sec there.
Being an introvert is not just a personality trait, it’s a lifestyle.
And the internet is an amazing place with people who understand you better than a lot of real life relationships do.
Reading provides as much human interaction as you need most of the time.
But spending time with your real life besties has a special place in your heart.
So long as you have the time to recharge afterwards.
Are you an introvert? What introvert truths do you know all too well? Let me know in the comments!
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