Today let’s talk about some alternative ways to recharge personal energy for people who usually do so by spending time alone. If I was discussing this with someone who had never known this need I’d use terms like introvert and extrovert and gloss over the idea that many people switch between the two in certain circumstances. I’d like to talk around these terms, though. Even people who usually are energized by being part of a crowd will either occasionally need to be alone or need to brainstorm other ways to recharge.
Sometimes one needs time alone in places or situations where it isn’t easy to carve out that space. Maybe you’re the primary caregiver for one or more small children, have a demanding, fast-paced job, are sharing a hotel room with three other people on a vacation or are trapped by a spring snowstorm in a remote cabin somewhere.
Here are some of the things I’d try to help prevent becoming (temporarily) burned out on people if I wasn’t able to have time alone:
- Ask for quiet time. Noisy environments drain my energy much more quickly.
- If the environment cannot be made more quiet, wear headphones. Sounds I choose to hear are far more relaxing than those I’m forced to process.
- Go for a hike.
- Imagine new stories.
- Work on repetitive tasks. Boring physical or mental chores can block out what is happening around you.
- Prepare a favourite meal.
- Spend time around water. Swimming is the most helpful but even a bath or hot shower can clear the mind.
How would you bounce back in a situation like this?