Well balanced introverts are highly aware of their social energy. They guard it with their life and implement strategies to ensure it remains protected! Failing to remain balanced could negatively impact our work or personal life and quite frankly we don’t have time for that! If we’re out chasing our goals as BOLD INTROVERTS we need to do all we can to ensure we put our best foot forward!
Every. Single. Time!
So, I’ve put together 7 things well balanced introverts do. I actually apply these 7 things to my own life and it helps me manage being a wife, mother and content creator for this blog!
1. They turn on their ‘Do Not Disturb’ at 9pm
10:30pm is about the average time most people go to bed. In the hour or so before you go to sleep you should start relaxing your mind. Research has found that using your smartphone close to bedtime can significantly reduce your quality of sleep. That’s why I suggest setting your ‘Do not disturb’ function on your phone around 9pm. This function stops all notifications, messages and calls coming through, unless it’s from a priority contact (which you can set). By doing this it allows your brain to unwind and for you to focus on yourself. Plus, it stops people from interrupting you while you read your favourite book or write in your journal.
2. Regularly schedules alone time
The same way you schedule coffee dates and meetings. You should also block out time in your calendar for ‘alone time’. These are sacred moments that allow you to process your day or plan ahead for the next day. It’s your much-needed recharge time and if you’re an entrepreneur or juggling employment and a side hustle you’ll need all the down time you can get!
Schedule yourself first, then fit everyone else in afterwards!
3. Regularly declines invitations to events that don’t interest them
There’s nothing worse than going to an event that doesn’t interest you! Dragging yourself out the house to sit at a party or gathering that drains you even from the thought is a tough experience to go through. Sometimes as introverts, especially INFJs we may feel the pressure to attend an event because we don’t want to ‘let the person down’ or we ‘don’t want people to think poorly of us’. When in reality, that person actually doesn’t expect everyone to turn up and on the night the party will still go ahead without you.
A great way to decline an invitation is simply saying ‘I won’t be able to make it, sorry’. No explanation needed. No justification. Just straight and to the point, because it’s the truth. You can’t make it. You have a scheduled appointment with your cup of tea and book. It sounds crazy, but that’s how you have to think about it!
4. Surrounds themselves with low maintenance friends
I don’t think anybody particularly likes a needy person, but especially for introverts. Well balanced introverts ensure they don’t have friends that need constant ‘check ins’. Low maintenance friends are the ones you may speak to 3 times a year and when you do it’s not awkward. They are fully appreciative of the time they’re spending with you and you’re both enjoying the moment and enjoying each other’s company. It’s important for introverts to have friendships like this to ensure they remain well balanced. Having a high maintenance or needy friend may force you to interact at times that you would rather not!
You deserve people in your life that are both accepting and caring of your introverted nature.
5. Prioritises sleep! 8 hours at least!
Introverts get overstimulated easier than extroverts and the best way to recharge with no distractions is to…well sleep! This ‘no days off culture’ has become quite damaging for people, especially for introverts. Our bodies were not designed to work 24/7. There are so many benefits to sleep and we were designed to rest and work. However, if you are ambitious, you may sometimes feel this pressure to work around the clock. But, prioritising your sleep is the best gift you could give to yourself as an introvert. So make time for it!
6. Has an outlet to express themselves
Now I was going to write journaling here but I can’t assume that every introvert likes to write. Some introverts may express themselves through song or art. Whatever form of expression you prefer, make sure you do it! Introverts may be less likely to communicate their true feelings verbally. We may not be able to find the right words to communicate our ideas. So finding other ways to express ourselves really helps us to remain balanced.
That’s why a well-balanced introvert forms the habit of releasing their emotions and thoughts. Harbouring emotions, essentially buries them alive! Eventually, they’ll resurface and it may not be in the way you want to! So make sure you express yourself!
7. Does different activities in their alone time
Yes, you might like reading, but it’s good to change things up. As a BOLD INTROVERT you’ll always have the appetite to learn new things anyway, so why not learn some new ‘introverted’ things to keep you occupied. Why not pick up puzzles? colouring for grown ups? or even Zumba?
Doing something new keeps the brain sharp and it stops you from getting bored doing the same thing.
So there you have it! 7 things well balanced introverts always do! Why don’t you go ahead and start applying these to your life! I guarantee it will make a difference!