Let’s face it…..I’m an introvert at heart. I am perfectly content to hide away from the world with little more than a pot of tea, a stack of books and my cat.
Sadly, that’s not a possibility other than then on the odd Sunday afternoons.
Out of necessity for my job I can actually fake being an extrovert fairly well. This comes with a downside though. On a daily basis it takes more mental energy than is typical to deal with the onslaught of people I have to encounter.
I constantly have to be “on” with clients, co-workers and a variety of other people whose sphere I orbit regularly. Add to that dealing with friends, family and people on public transit and it can be pretty exhausting.
Case in point, aside from this blog, I actually manage the company I work for’s Blog, Website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
On days in the office where we have large meetings I deal with not only our 30+ staff members but anywhere between 5 to 50 clients.
More often than not, dealing with that many people for longer than an hour makes me want to hide in my server room with my nice calm, quiet computers.
Yeah right! I’m lucky if I can go to the bathroom without coming back to someone waiting at my desk for help.
And although we’ve been busy, my stress levels have been fairly low because not only am I dealing with it pretty well, but (knock on wood) there haven’t been any major catastrophes for me to deal with. Just business as usual.
But back to the idea of unplugging. Being an introvert, I don’t thrive in these surroundings. Large amounts of people suck the energy right out of me, and faking it on top of that is even more difficult some days. In case you forgot how introverts work…..read THIS.
What I’m trying to say is right now, my mental energy bucket is empty and I want to go hide in my little hamster ball.
But I can’t. Because life goes on, work continues, and most people don’t understand that it’s not that I don’t WANT to hang out or talk to them, I just CAN’T. I mean really, I can’t. So I’ve been trying to unplug. I haven’t been blogging as much. I haven’t been on Facebook pretty much at all and I’ve been limiting my social engagements to deal with one of two people at a time. Brunch with a friend? I’m there! Huge party at a bar? Not so much.
So attention all introverts!!!!! How do you cope? How do you recharge? How often do you just need to unplug?!?
I want my zen back, and I don’t know how to do it right now and keep everything else afloat.
For a laugh: Secrets Introverts Won’t Tell You
#12 people! Because sunglasses, headphones and a book is pretty much the universal symbol on a train for FUCK OFF…..and yet here you are talking to me.