Every now and again I love to put a question out to the online world so that other introverts can share their experience, knowledge and tips for how they live their lives and honour their introversion.
This month, we’re talking energy.
I’ve found that during my life both as an employee and a business owner, it’s the busiest times in my life when I’ve really needed to work hard to protect my energy and care for my need for solitude and quiet time. In this busy world that we live in where ‘to do’ lists can reach to the moon and back, I believe it’s more important than ever to really listen to your body, follow your gut instincts, find the rest that you need, and nurture your need for alone time.
In today’s blog post, I’m opening up the floor for others to share their thoughts on how they protect their energy through busy times. I’d also love to know what you think so I’m inviting you to join in the conversation by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
How do YOU maintain your energy during busy periods – let us know!
My tips would be to try for early nights whenever you can during particularly busy times, eat well and keep your favourite treats to hand (mine are currently Ginger Nuts, chocolate buttons and loose leaf Ceylon tea). I also make sure I spend some time each day reading, as it’s the best way for me to unwind and get back to myself
Working from home has improved my life immeasurably. I love working in peace and quiet and only allocating time to others when I want to do so. Sometimes this goes astray as does all the best planning, but I feel so much better than when I used to sit in an open plan office all day. I find I socialise more in the evenings because of it as I do need some human interaction. Planning a couple of weeks ahead can also really help my brain get on top of it all and ease the anxiety.
I take breaks throughout the day, even 5 minutes to make a drink will help with energy levels – an hour at lunchtime is a must. I also take the dog out for a walk in the countryside, it gives me time to clear my head and get away from the computer.
I maintain my energy during busy times by being regimented about my schedule; I never schedule anyone sooner than 2 weeks out and I adhere to my ideal model week at all times. I also build in a minimum 30 minute buffer period between meetings so I can get grounded back in my own energy. Looking at beautiful things really energizes me, so if I don’t have time to step outside, I take a moment to get lost in the Pinterest feed to get out of my head.
For me, maintaining my energy means reconnecting to myself; the quickest way for me to do that during busy times is to simply step away from whatever I’m doing in that moment, stretch and breathe, and maybe shake my body out. I also make sure I consciously choose to take the time to do things that I know replenish me – go to the beach, practice Tai Chi, read, paint, whatever feels restorative and ‘low intensity’ but will fill the well so that instead of operating from a kind of overwhelmed, panicky depletion, I can move forward from a feeling of fullness
It’s important to remember that being active increases energy – I have learnt to make sure I build in time to go for walks and ride my bike – they raise my energy and give me time to process work when I am under pressure.
OVER TO YOU…
As an introvert, how do you maintain your energy levels during busy times? Are there any daily habits that you’ve built into your routine? Any specific boundaries you set yourself? We’d love to know, so leave a comment below!