There’s a statistic that says two out of every three people you meet are introverts.
But with the way our world is designed today, two out of every three people you meet are most probably tired introverts.
Most of the time, there is simply too much going on, be it at school or at work, and sometimes *gasp* even at home.
It’s no wonder a common complaint of introverts is feeling drained. Most of us probably think it’s normal to be so tired at the end over every day.
But it’s not.
Regaining our energy is an important but often overlooked topic. Because introverts function better with less stimulation and are re-energized with quiet activities, “recharging” should be easy, right?
If too much stimulation and social interaction tire us out, then we should just avoid it. Just do something alone. Read a book, go hiking, solve a puzzle, hide in a box…
Truth is, being an introvert in today’s extrovert-dominated world makes re-energizing a bit tricky. Or, as I’d like to describe it, as comfortable as a tooth extraction.
There are several reasons for this:
1. Not all introverts are comfortable claiming their time to recharge.
Being always on-the-go is the norm. It is expected of people, especially those who work in teams. Many feel guilty to admit that we need a bit of time to refocus or gather ourselves, thinking that it’s slacking off.
2. Asking for downtime isn’t always viewed positively.
You’ve probably experienced getting those questioning looks and incredulous expressions when you ask to leave while the rest of the group seem to be partying.
It’s one of the reasons why I’d rather not go out or just say “No” to a social invite. Just thinking about the social consequences (actual or imagined) of leaving early discourages me from even considering being there in the first place.
3. Work and school environments today aren’t exactly designed for introverts.
Activities that encourage constant group interaction and team work are popular both in the work and school settings. One of the things I remember not-so-fondly about school is being grouped with other people… but graded individually. Huh!
4. Uhm… how exactly do introverts recharge?
Before finding out I’m an introvert and reading a lot of resources on the subject, I had no idea I even needed to recharge. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.
It’s also not just a matter of learning how to recharge but also finding out when to recharge. Because, there is such a things as too much recharge time that can do you more harm than good.
Of course, there are a lot of introverts who mastered the fine art of re-energizing.
But for those of us who still feel guilty about claiming our recharge time, I hope this five-point manifesto will help guide you.
It’s time to embrace our solitude without guilt.
After all, an energized introvert is happy introvert.
Presenting the Introvert Recharge Manifesto
My recharge time is my right.
I have the right to plan and claim it.
Guilt should not be an emotion associated with your recharge time, especially since this activity will help you be a more creative and productive person. Being energized means creating more happy memories with loved ones and doing better at work.
My recharge time helps me stay healthy.
It keeps me in good shape – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Your health is irreplaceable. Keeping to an effective recharge time schedule as an introvert will provide you with the psychological nourishment needed to keep you focused on the right things.
- Be physically healthy to do your job well.
- Be mentally prepared for challenges and, yes, even social stressors.
- Be emotionally healthy to build and maintain strong relationships and rise above setbacks.
- Be spiritually healthy to fully embrace a life a of compassion, joy and altruism.
My recharge time is necessary.
I need energy to spend quality time with people I care about and to accomplish projects I believe in.
Believe it or not, scheduling your recharge time is as important as eating regularly. Solitude feeds the mind and soul while food feeds the body. You need both to have the energy to love, have fun, and work on goals that have meaning to you.
The need to recharge is natural.
It is neither weird nor abnormal.
Enough with the “alone time” shaming, whether it is perceived or actual. We need to accept (and declare) it first ourselves that our downtime should be a normal, regular part of our lives—not some activity we need to sneak away for.
Recharging is good for everybody.
I’ll encourage more people to try it.
Everyone wins from recharging, not just introverts. It is an essential restorative practice with positive benefits. Let’s share the magic with the world. 🙂
What do you think?
So what do you think about the Introvert Recharge Manifesto? Are the points something you felt guilty about or didn’t quite accept in the past or even at present?
Share your thoughts and leave a comment below.