I am an introvert.
What does that mean exactly?
Introverts tend to be quiet, enjoy small groups more than crowds, and can be overstimulated by a busy environment. For me, being an introvert means that I am highly sensitive to stimulating environments. I prefer to spend time with one or two friends at a time. Typically, I will choose to have a deep conversation with one person rather than mingling with or having short conversations with many people. Being in nature restores my energy. I seek out quiet spaces over loud or lively spaces, and I listen more than I speak.
As an introvert, quarantine was great for me. Being only with the people under my roof, I felt happy. With nowhere to go, I was able to dive deeper into the relationships in my family. We spent more time talking and learning about each other. While the extroverts in my family became restless and anxious to get out and about, I was perfectly content staying home and getting out for walks with my dog.
Returning to Life After Quarantine
Once businesses began to open again, I had a difficult time adjusting to the pace of life. It felt like things were moving much too quickly for me; I felt sensitive to transitions. As more businesses opened up and things returned to this “new normal,” the pace of life felt overwhelming. I was unsettled, uncertain, and didn’t want to get out much.
Slowly, I began to ease myself back into things. I started to go grocery shopping, and I went to get my hair cut. Then I went to get my brows waxed. Soon, I felt comfortable getting a manicure and pedicure. I started to play golf and take lessons. After awhile I even felt comfortable enough to have dinner at the golf club on their patio. Then I began to schedule appointments for the dentist and doctor. I even started running errands again. Adding all of these things back into my life took place over a three month period.
Each time I left my house for an appointment, I could feel the effects. After one short appointment, I felt tired. If I was out for a few hours, I came home exhausted. Combining grocery shopping, errands, and an appointment on the same day would completely wipe me out. Sometimes it would take a day or two to recover and feel my energy return.
So why am I writing about being an introvert?
This month, many children and teens are returning to school after being away from it since March. If your kiddos have been mostly at home since March, you may want to watch their energy level and mood as they transition back to school. Being in school for a full day may feel overstimulating for them after such a long time away from that environment. There is a possibility that your child may struggle with the transition from home to school.
If your child is an introvert they may show signs of fatigue, crankiness, or mood swings. To help your child adjust to the transition, talk to them and find out what helps them feel better. They may just need some quiet time at home where they can decompress and restore their energy after a stimulating day at school.
Things that Help Restore Energy
- A warm bath or long shower
- A quiet room
- Time alone
- Playing outside
- Taking a walk