How Can an Introvert Thrive in a Noisy World?

  • Step 1

Know how to get your energy back after a long day of socializing. Introverts need quiet to recharge and consolidate events they’ve experienced. You should recharge in a way that is comfortable for you. This will give you the energy and focus you need in order to stay productive.

  • Step 2

Forget all the negative stereotypes you’ve heard about introverts. Most dictionaries define an introvert as something like “A shy, reticent, and typically self-centered person,” which is total bull. Don’t listen to that shit, and understand that it really just means you learn and interact with people in a different way, because of your brain chemistry.

  • Step 3

Scheduling downtime is immensely important to any introvert. If you need to, take some time off and have a day of solitude. Extroverts may be confused at this sort of behaviour, and think you’re depressed, not feeling well, or just being lazy. Remember that this downtime will give you more energy, not less.

  • Step 4

Use noise-cancelling headphones, or listening to light, instrumental music, are other great ways to stay focused. This will block out distracting noises and keep you more productive and more at-ease with your environment.

  • Step 5

Exercise is good advice for anyone, but is particularly helpful for introverts because it will give you more energy to work with. It takes more energy for introverts to be around social stimulation.

  • Step 6

It’s also a good idea to know when it’s appropriate to act more extroverted, and how to properly act like an extrovert. If you are attending a party, or other social function, remember to take breaks when you need them. Don’t forget you can leave whenever you need to. Try and let your friends know ahead of time when you’re planning to go, giving you a definite out.

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