How To Be an Introverted Social Butterfly

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This summer has been very social for me. Adam’s cousin Isabelle (who’s amazing) is living with us while she is interning for The Wonder Jam, we’ve had our friends Meghan and David visited (and Meghan came again for a week later during the summer), our developer, Matt, came and stayed with us for another week, we’ve had three interns this summer, classes, parties, events…plus just regular socializing like lunches, coffee dates + client meetings.

As an introvert, it’s A LOT. Despite the fact that all this socializing has been with some of my favorite people, it can still leave me utterly exhausted if I don’t take care of myself. If you have a social season coming up in your life, maybe these tips will help you survive and thrive:

  1. Go to the movies! To be honest, I don’t like seeing movies at the theater but when I’m around a lot of people for a consistent amount of time, it’s my favorite activity. Sure, it’s social (sort of) but you get to sit in a dark room, drink the La Croix you snuck in and watch a movie for two hours while no one talks to you!
  2. Go to bed early. When we have guests staying at our house, it’s easy for me to stay up late chatting or hanging out. I’ve found that sometimes I just need to retreat to my room (even if I don’t fall asleep right away) earlier in the evening. It’s a pretty safe place and most (normal) house guests don’t bother you much once you’ve gone to sleep.
  3. Don’t be afraid to do something alone. If you’re spending time with people you know pretty well, just tell them you need some time alone. My best pal Meghan totally understood when I decided to paint by myself at our studio. Maybe you need to go on a walk, run an errand or sit at a coffee shop for an hour.
  4. Introduce and disappear. That sounds more dramatic than it really is. If you’re at a party or event, make it your goal to introduce two people and then slowly back away. You’ve allowed two strangers to meet and possibly fall in love or become best friends…let the magic happen!
  5. Continue to communicate. It’s easy to stop communicating when feeling overwhelmed. I have to remind myself to continue to communicate, be open and vulnerable (especially with Adam). It actually helps me feel more connected and energized. Don’t shut down just because you’re

That’s all I have for now. Any tips you’d recommend?

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