3 Simple Tips To Cure An Introvert Hangover

 

One thing we introverts do really well is to look within. We crave alone time to recharge our energy and are experts at questioning ourselves and our actions. Unfortunately, sometimes that self-questioning can turn into over-thinking which can quickly spiral into anxiety and sometimes even self-loathing.

But what if you could get help to channel your inward searching into positive outcomes? I’ve found a way to do just that.

When I began my YTT, I was introduced to many different types of meditation. Although I initially fell in love with yoga because of the postures, during my teacher training, I became increasingly drawn to the meditation practices. I found they helped me re-energise, avoid over-thinking and let go of any tension or anxiety I was experiencing. But the most valuable benefit I discovered was that meditation helped cure my introvert hangover.

 

I was spending long days in a room filled with other yogi’s, all of us trying to process the ancient practices we were learning. And you know how most women process things, right? They love to “talk it out” Every moment that the lecturer wasn’t talking was filled with students chatting and dissecting what they had learnt. It was intense! And every night my introvert hangover seemed insurmountable.

My introvert hangover shows up like this:

Extreme tiredness.

Every introvert gets tired if we don’t take care of our energy. But by the time I’m feeling the effects of an introvert hangover, my tiredness has turned me into sleeping beauty. I’m so wiped that even a week of staying in bed doesn’t feel enough.

Irritability.

I’m talking feeling irritated at the colour of the bedroom wall. Every little thing begins to rub me the wrong way.

Trouble putting words together.

I talk slowly anyway, but when I’m in the grip of an introvert hangover, I’m taking long pauses between words as my mind scrambles to find the right ones to say.

Disinterest in life.

Is my husband talking? Who cares. Is that pizza for dinner? Who cares. This symptom is dangerous because it sends a negative message to the people around you. By the time my introvert hangover reaches this stage, I know I’m well overdue for some decisive action.

So what action do I take to cure my introvert hangover?

Create Personal Space

I’ve always been honest about needing personal space and quiet time as an introvert. So when I tell the people around me that I need to be alone, they understand and give me the space I need. So my first step to curing my introvert hangover is to ask for personal space.

Invite Beauty In

Whatever personal space I have, whether it be my bedroom or bathroom (soaking in a hot bath does wonders to replenish my energy). I fill it with things that create ambience and a sense of tranquillity. I would:

Light a candle

Burn some sage to clear the energy

Diffuse essential oils. (My favourite is Vetiver, it’s grounding and calming and fills the room with an earthy aroma that reminds me of walking in the woods.)

Practice Yoga Nidra

I have a meditation app on my phone that I find invaluable. It’s called insight timer, and it has an extensive library of free meditations of every genre. I use it in my daily meditation practice, but when I’m trying to overcome an introvert hangover, my practice of choice is yoga nidra.

Yoga nidra is an ancient practice that I feel is perfect for introverts who need to replenish their energy. Unlike most meditations, where you are required to focus on something, yoga nidra draws you inward. Through a set of guided instructions, you withdraw your senses from the outside world and tune in to your body and your inner world.

This practice takes you deeper into the innermost layers of self, allowing you to let go of limiting beliefs. It’s also the most relaxed your body and mind can be, while still remaining conscious. I’ve been told that 20 minutes of yoga nidra is equivalent to 4 hours of sleep, and I would believe it. I’ve never been as refreshed after meditation as I have after a Yoga Nidra session.

I love yoga nidra so much that I qualified as a teacher and offer my own free yoga nidra meditations on the insight timer app. You can check them out here. 

The Beauty Of Being An Introvert

Of course, an Introvert hangover can be avoided altogether by taking time out to practice self-care on the regular. Not sure how? Here’s a great post full of practical ideas for introverts to practice mindful self-care 

Before I go, I want to remind you that being an introvert is a beautiful thing. The ability to think deeply and dive beneath the surface of things is a skill that will allow you to thrive in life. Take the time to get to know yourself and to discover how you can get the most out of your introversion, and you will be able to create a life that truly serves you.

From one introvert to another – You’re awesome!