You may have heard more about this in recent years that extroverts get their energy from interacting with others and introverts burn more energy in the same situation.
In a demanding day job, it can be difficult for an introvert to manage their energy, especially when you’re surrounded by the team all day long. There is no place to take time away to recharge.
After a near-total burnout a few years ago I became more aware of what I was eating, and not eating. What I realized is a demanding schedule requires better nutrition to keep up. Not eating enough turned into a vicious cycle of being too tired to eat.
Recently I felt like I was falling apart at the end of a long day to the point I quietly drove in the other direction when the team drove off to Happy Hour. Something needed to change, and fast.
When was the last time you felt the same way?
One quick note before continuing. I’m not a doctor or medical professional. I’m sharing what’s working for me based on my research to help you figure out what to consider next. Check with your favorite medical professional to help you decide what works best for you.
Take a closer look at what you’re eating
In a fast-paced world, it can be easy to fall into bad eating habits. We grab the easy foods that don’t give us enough energy to keep going. And as an introvert, you burn additional energy in social situations.
Stop and think about that point for a moment. You’re not just burning energy working, you’re also burning energy in engaging with others.
You need food that provides a stream of energy for a longer period of time than what sugar will give you. And let’s face it there are times where caffeine isn’t enough to give you a boost either.
You need to look for foods that provide a better source of energy. Protein-rich foods are on that list.
For myself, I realized I was eating enough protein at dinner, but I wasn’t doing as good of a job taking a protein serving from the salad bar for lunch.
Switching to bringing your lunch will allow you better control what you’re eating daily and it’s usually a lot cheaper.
Eating too much protein can be a problem
You don’t want to eat too much protein that it becomes a problem for your body. Don’t think that you need to drink a huge protein shake with every meal to survive as an introvert in a demanding work environment.
You want to be sensible about what you’re eating and still eat in moderation. The larger question is if you look at your diet if you’re eating the right balance of protein to support the energy demands you’re putting on your body and mind.
You still need enough sleep
Your body is essentially a machine that needs to be cared for. You need sleep in order to function properly. Caffeine isn’t a substitute for sleep and neither is loading up on protein.
Take time away to recharge when you need it.
Remember to put your health and wellness first in demanding situations. Honestly, you’ll be no good to your employer, family, or friends if you run yourself into a burnout where you can’t function well.
What other tricks do you have for managing introvert energy drain when hiding isn’t an option
Introverts burn more energy in social situations while extroverts become energized. In the process of trying to ensure I had enough energy to manage a demanding schedule I accidentally figured out how to handle introvert energy drain.
In certain situations hiding for a while to recharge isn’t an option. Paying attention to what you’re eating and using food as both fuel and medicine can help you as an introvert navigate a demanding day.
What else has worked for you in high-energy and engagement situations?
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