Burnout for introverts is different from other types of burnout. The core differences are the causes of the stress and overexertion that result in feeling burnt out. For introverts, it can be exhausting to have long periods of socialization without any breaks. Even the surrounding environment can be overwhelming if it is too stimulating or chaotic. Introverts, unlike extroverts, feel most comfortable when they have ample time to be alone or are engaging in quality, personal interactions. So, if you feel drained after meetings or conferences with many people where you feel like you have to project a more polished, excited version of yourself, you may be an introvert!
There are many signs of burnout. Some include a lack of motivation and confidence, exhaustion, emotionally distancing yourself from others, high-stress levels, and poor decision-making. As you can probably tell, this is not a state anyone wants to find themselves in. And, unfortunately, it can creep up on you if you aren’t paying attention to what your mind and body need.
The good news is burnout is not permanent! With the proper self-care, you will be able to go about your life, as good as new. Here are some tips and tricks to get back to feeling like your best self:
- Try to pinpoint when and why you started feeling burnt out.
- By discovering the root of the cause, you can do more than just cover up the problem and keep it from coming back. And, you can also keep your eye out for other situations that may have the same effect on you and better manage your response in the future.
- Take some time to step back and have some quality time alone.
- Resting will be hugely beneficial to your physical and mental health. Increased stress and emotional withdrawal can have long-term negative effects on your life, and it is important to take care of yourself, inside and out.
- Create a plan for the future.
- When you are aware of what triggers your burnout, you can set proper boundaries and establish the support system you may need to control your response.
Everyone’s self-care looks different. Some people may find that sharing their experiences with a trusted friend or family member (or even a mental health professional) makes all the difference in how they feel. Others may rely on healthy boundaries like scheduling specific times to work and rest or limiting their time on social media to ease their anxieties and stressors. No matter what it looks like for you, allowing yourself to step away from the things that overwhelm and exhaust you to take the time to do things you enjoy is a great way to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy in the long run.
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