Introvert Burn Out

Pema Chadron I’ve had three weeks of being an extrovert at work and I am totally burned out.  I would love nothing more than to get out for a drive and some fresh air, but we’ve had a freak winter snow storm.  We don’t see snow in my part of the world, so when we get two of inches the schools close down, businesses empty out and we stay inside.  (Those of you who are from snowy climates can quit laughing any time now.)

I haven’t cooked decent food in forever.  (Sorry fans of Three’s Cooking.  I promise to get something new out soon.)  I’m tired to the point my skin hurts.  My usual introvert recharge mechanisms aren’t working… I can’t focus on a good book, computer games are boring me and the television can’t hold my attention.  Sitting in a rocking chair with a cat on my lap or just taking power naps when I can grab them works the best, but it’s not nearly enough.

Tomorrow’s “debunking the introvert myths” blog will be all about changing from an introvert to an extrovert.  After the last three weeks, I have a lot to say about the topic.  So for now, I give you some inspirational thoughts.  May your day be filled with peaceful, recharging introvert moments.


When she isn’t mired in exhaustion, Chris also contributes to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.

17 thoughts on “Introvert Burn Out

  1. Since I live in Beaverton, OR I know the surprise storm you mentioned. It’s not over yet with the nasty frozen stuff coming today and early tomorrow. We should be back to good old rain my Monday afternoon. I might venture out for a short walk today, depending on how it feels once I get outside. It’s a mile to McDonald’s but by going that far I’m across the street from grocery stores. I might just make it an all in one walk & stop in Trader Joes. Have a great weekend, wherever you wind up.

  2. I need to be alone now and then to recharge. That’s why when the kids are home for extended time periods, it’s hard to recharge. I get out walking in any weather except blizzards and lightning showers. Otherwise, I get stir crazy. This morning, I had to tromp through snow, but my ugg boots will go anywhere!

  3. True sign of an introvert, when you have a lot of difficulty recharging after having to play an extrovert for too long. I like a good book or cuddling up with my Snuggie in my recliner & dosing on & off for the best part of a day.

  4. Oh I hear you! When I’ve had to much time with people I feel like the air around me is squeezing me. Enjoy your silence. Find a relaxation technique that helps calm your mind. (I find focusing on each body part and thinking about it relaxing helps.)

  5. There’s nothing like a good walk in the snow to soothe an introvert’s soul. Trust me. 🙂 And if you don’t want to walk, find a quite place to sit with some warm clothes on and just breathe in the quiet.

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  7. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA … okay… stopped….

    Here, where it should be snow and cold whether, there is no snow at all, the temperature is mostly some degrees above freezing point – and I really like it that way!
    It means I can walk and bike as I wish, and not having too much clothes on (which also hinders me in moving around)

    I hope you have managed to recharge your batteries by now.
    I know exactly what you mean, and it is not a particularly nice state of mind. I am in a similarly state at present. Recharging my batteries after the flu and some other stuff recently happened.


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