8 Painless and Easy Ways for Introverts to Recharge

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In a previous post, I’ve talked about how important it is for introverts to recharge and why you must not take “recharging” for granted.

Over the past few days, however, I’ve gotten questions asking how to “recharge.”
Frankly, I ask this question myself.
I’ve also been in a sort of “rut” lately, and I felt tired, like, all the time. I realized it was burn out, which for an introvert is probably twice as difficult to deal with.

The Answer
The thing is, every person, whether introvert or not, has his or her own way to rest and recharge. There is no clear-cut way that is applicable to all. An introvert discovers his or her own way of recharging.

For example, some introverts claim that for every hour of social interaction (i.e., parties), they would need two hours of rest and recharge. Others need more or less. So the time varies and so do the ways we recharge.
But the purpose of recharging is the same: rest the mind and body so you will feel energized again.

The Ways

Oh yes. As expected, reading is probably one of the most common  habits introverts have. There is certainly no better way to recharge ourselves than locking ourselves in our room with a good (preferably thick) book or our trusty Kindle.
Always stock up on reading material. Some opt to read online, and that’s great if it works for you, but if you already work in front of a computer all day long, it may be a good idea to choose a different medium for a change.
Whether its listening to your favorite band or an audio book, most of us find this activity relaxing and invigorating. Be sure though that you won’t be disturbing anyone else.
One of my personal favorites and well-used recharging technique, the thought of sleeping when I get home has gotten me through some of the most tiring social engagements I attended.
However, I also realized that it not good to overdo this particular activity. You can feel more tired and worn when you oversleep.
It is a well-known fact that proper exercise releases happy hormones, endorphins. So exercise does not only recharge us, it also makes us happier.
Walking (or running if I’m up for it) is my favorite form of exercise. I’ve always noticed how easier it is for me to think when I’m moving. It clears my head, and more often than not, takes away the dreaded writer’s block.
Driving around.
Assuming you know how to drive (LOL) and can afford gas, you may opt to drive to nowhere in particular. You know, just go where you feel like.
Watching a movie.
I love this, although its probably not for everybody. Considering that the key to recharging is to rest the mind, watching a movie may excite our brains rather than relax it. But I personally find this helpful, especially after a crappy week at work.
Meditating is great way to recharge. Use the most comfortable technique for you and couple this with deep breathing exercises. Even if it’s only for a short time, do it.
Do nothing. 
Sitting on your porch (or by the window) while listening to the sounds of the city is a perfect way to gather your thoughts. You can even go to a park and just sit on bench and people watch.

The Catch

There is, however, a tricky part we introverts have to deal with when we want to recharge: how to tell everyone you need it.
You see, before doing any of these, be sure to inform people (i.e., your significant others) that you need to rest and not to disturb you. Nothing infuriates me more than having someone disturb me when I’m “in my zone.”
But since the concept of I-need-to-rest-after-dealing-with-a-whole-bunch-of-people is alien to most, we often risk sounding pathological when we voice our need to recharge.
People may wonder if there’s something wrong with us.
If you live alone, then this is not a problem for you. If you live with your loved ones (friends or family), then they probably know you well enough to understand this need.
But if you live in a university dorm or are in some kind of living arrangement wherein you have to be with people you just recently met, you always have the option to make them understand.
My personal favorite: “You can Google introvert personality. You’ll get it.”
If you have other ways of recharging or have had difficulty letting people know you need to recharge, share your thoughts and comment!