"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least - and it is commonly more than that - sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements." -Henry David Thoreau
How do you recharge? Like Thoreau's quote, moments spent in the woods do it for me every time. I also regain my energy from reading. writing. lying around in silence. working on a project alone. long showers. yoga. walking to work and back. You get the idea.
I always find it imperative to have these quiet times after meetings with friends or long days at work. I can't beat around the bush about it anymore...people exhaust me. I'm finally at a place where I embrace my temperament. I accept that I need time alone in my head to feel like my best self.
Lately, I've felt extremely off-balance. Sharing an office, teaching more classes, participating in holiday parties and celebrations, have all taken a lot out of me. I love all of those activities, but I have to be careful not to let them make me weary. Without rest and quiet time, my head will start spinning, my chest gets tight, and I lose focus on my priorities.
My goal for the remainder of the month is to slow down and spend more quiet days at home without worrying that I'm offending someone or their expectations. I also think it is time to share this side of myself with new friends and coworkers. I understand that I'm misunderstood within groups of extroverts, and I have to consciously shake the twinge of envy that they have the ability to thrive so beautifully in social settings. I'm truly happy to have learned how to be a healthy, balanced Whitney, and I know It involves regular doses of solitude.
Can you relate? If so, maybe this article about introversion in the workplace will ring true as well. I'd love to read your thoughts.