Introverts often enjoy people as much as extroverts and are often very good friends to those they care about. However, they are drained by human interaction, while extroverts are energized by it.
**Stress and Introverts
-Introverts often have a hard time adapting in different areas of their lives because they face stressors that extroverts don’t.
-It is hard to deal with people’s perception of you when they do not understand your way of dealing with stress.
-Your tendency to introspect gives you a greater understanding of things, but it also makes you extremely critical of yourself.
-These hurdles reinforce the belief that all introverts are shy, awkward, and hate interacting with other people, which is an absolute misconception.
-Introverts do thrive on solitude, but that doesn’t stop them from being successful individuals.
**Types of Stressors for Introverts
-Talking to people
-Being put on the spot, especially at work
-Making small talk with strangers or acquaintances
-Meeting new people, especially when the first impression really counts
-Having to deal with people when they haven’t had time to decompress
-People who drop by unannounced
-Group projects and all the drama associated with them
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.