August), I thought about being an introvert, and the unique challenges I face
as an introvert who is always around people.
And not just that I am around people, but that I have people attached to
mom, and I love homeschooling, and I love watching my kids flourish in
activities, but it does wear on me big time.
introverts. Number one, we are not all
extremely shy. In fact, in groups of
people I am quite outgoing. I don’t have
trouble speaking to others, and I generally love life. What an introvert really is, is someone who
needs solitude in order to energize. So
while I love being out with people, I need some serious quiet and alone time in
order to recharge.
overwhelmed. So while I am writing about
all the different steps I am taking to try and combat this feeling, I know that
it is only a season, and eventually life with settle down a bit more, and I can
find my way back to a bit more balance internally.
I need to control certain aspects of my life, such as my quiet time, and
when I can’t, I often start to feel overwhelmed.
control of everything around you. I
know, as a Christian, that I am really not in control of my life, and I really
should be celebrating that, knowing that someone is watching out for me and
knows what is going to happen next.
Instead, I often fight against this, and try to make things work the way
that *I* think they should work. This,
most likely, leads to even more overwhelming feelings!
changing, although I’m not sure how much I can change that. When I start feeling overwhelmed, I cling to
what I can do to change the
situation, or to change my attitude in the situation.
was evident by my brain dump post yesterday.
I will often feel like no matter what I do, things are not going to work
out how I want, and it is just a downward spiral from there.
is so so important!
carried off by circumstances and end up in the corner crying.
couple of months. When our schedule gets
busy, and I don’t have as much control over the when and the where, it becomes
something that I fight against, instead of working with.
function is obviously important.
my morning routine down. Of course, when I
wrote about morning routines earlier this month I explained that they were most
definitely not working right now.
thing in the morning, I have started to enforce a “rest time” in the
afternoon. I would love to say this
gives me a nice long uninterrupted break where I can recharge, but that isn’t
really the case. Most of the time I get
about 30 minutes between getting Lucy down for a nap and then helping Emma and
Jack get settled so I can go downstairs.
house. I still do that on occasion, but
I realized that I really need that time for myself, so instead I am sitting and
reading a book. I find that it gives me
just enough solitude to help out with the rest of the day.
now. I hope that as time goes on, the kids
are able to spend a little more time in their rooms, and perhaps Lucy will take
a longer nap. For now, thirty minutes of
quiet in the afternoon is a wonderful respite for me.
from being alone, or from being around a lot of people? What do you do in the seasons where it is
more difficult to find that energy?