This week has been crazy busy for me emotionally and mentally. I have had too much social interaction. Today’s blog is for my fellow introverts. Extroverts, don’t click off quite yet. I have something for you too. Keep reading!
Introverts, sometimes when we have had too much social interaction we start to get depressed, anxious, and sometimes even angry. It can be hard in these times to remember we still need to be aware of our actions and thoughts. I know personally it can be hard to magnify God’s love when all you want to do is be alone. Knowing how hard this is, I have written up a list of a few things to remember or consider when you have had too much social interaction.
1. It won’t last forever. Realize this feeling we have, when we want to be alone, won’t last forever. You will like people and life again, I promise (John 1:4).
2. Keep going in God’s strength. In those moments when you’re at the end of your rope, remember God is still there with you and can help you (Nehemiah 8:10b)!
3. Be understanding. Be understanding to the people around you. If you are still out and you are just done and people keep coming up to you, don’t snap back at them or be rude. Remember, most of the time, they are just trying to be nice. Try to be kind and have patience. God can always help you too (Colossians 3:12).
4. Find refuge in your own space. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Try to make the most of every opportunity you get to be alone and thank God for it (1 Chronicles 29:13).
Extroverts, here are few things to keep in mind if you want to show you care for introverts when they have socialized too much. There isn’t much you can do to make their lives easier, but here are two things to keep in mind:
1. Don’t ask,”What’s wrong?” This is NOT a good question because this makes them feel even worse. This makes them feel like they can’t be themselves or this makes them feel isolated and begin to think thoughts like, “No one understands me” (1 Peter 3:8).
2. Don’t make them feel bad for wanting to be alone. There is a good chance they already do feel bad, so it’s probably best for your safety(!) and feelings to stay away. Let them have their alone time and expect not to see them for awhile. By awhile I mean, hours or perhaps days. This may seem extreme, but it’s true.
Remember, my fellow introverts, it is not good to be alone forever. You need other people and other people need you! God made you an introvert for a reason, yes, but He doesn’t want you to live secluded either (Genesis 2:18).