The truth about introverts

Photo by  Ryan Smith

Photo by Ryan Smith

I feel like introverts are often misunderstood, people assume that if you are an introvert that you are anti-social, always spend time alone and simply not interested in being around people. This could not be further from the truth and I’ll tell you why.

Being an introvert myself and reading up on this enough I can assure you that we do love to be around people. We may not want to be the center of attention, or thrive on being around big groups constantly, but rather we relish in small groups where we can intentionally connect.

An introvert is someone who requires alone time to re-connect, replenish spent energy and to ground. It is through alone time that we are able to regenerate, filling our cup back up. An extrovert is someone who is energized and replenished by being around groups of people. See the difference there?

I like to give the analogy of living in a city center but staying inside. You love the energy of the city and the knowing that life is happening all around you. You don’t necessarily need to be immersed in it to fill you up as its energy is often palpable. This has been my experience.

The ways in which we replenish our energy source is entirely different for everyone.

Here are some ways that I find to be most fulfilling after spending time with a group of people.

  • Spend time in nature

  • Grounding salt bath

  • Guided meditation to get out of my head and back into my body

  • Sound healing with singing bowls to bring your cellular body back into harmony

  • Movement; whatever calls to you

  • Netflix movie to disengage for a short period of time

  • Journal writing

  • Prepare myself a nourishing meal

Do what feels right for you, but make sure you take the time to ground that scattered energy and pull it inward. This prevents us introverts from feeling unwell, unmotivated and in a perpetual state of low energy, detached from clarity.