The Importance of Self-Care for Introverts

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

In a world that heavily values extroversion, it can be easy to keep saying yes to people and attending social events because you feel like you have to. I fell into this harmful pattern during a two-year time period when I was between jobs. I thought that since I wasn’t working during the day, I would now have time for all the social events I could possibly attend. I quickly learned that I needed time to recharge.  I used to let myself get so busy that I didn’t make time to care for myself. It would result in me being forced to stay home for at least one night because my body demanded a recharge after having done an activity several nights in a row.

 

In “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” by Beth Buelow, the importance is noted of taking care of yourself, especially if you know you will need to be social. Here are some fun things I do that help me relax.

 

  • I enjoy reading.
  • I have fun solving Sudoku puzzles.
  • I like to play guitar.
  • I enjoy spending time with one or two friends.
  • I spend time out in nature.
  • I like to bake and then share treats with my friends.
  • I enjoy gardening.
  • I like sitting quietly and sipping a cup of tea.
  • I like talking on the phone.
  • I enjoy taking classes and learning new things.

 

Each of these interests developed over time. It’s important to do what you enjoy. If you are taking time to recharge, you will be a better business owner, job-seeker, and overall person.

 

I encourage you to find creative ways to take care of yourself. I’d love to hear about your favorite self-care pastimes. Feel free to drop them in the comments.

 

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How to Meet People As An Introvert

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

As an introvert, I have to go out of my way to meet new people. I’m less likely to talk with random strangers when in line at a grocery store, or in a waiting room before a dentist appointment.

 

When I read “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” by Beth Buelow, I valued that the author emphasized playing to your strengths. Here are some ways I have worked with my introversion and still meet new people.

 

  • I go to events that have a purpose, so that I will have something in common with everyone there.
  • I prepare ice-breaker questions I could ask when conversation slows down.
  • I ask lots of questions in general to keep the conversation focused on the other person.
  • If conversation goes well, I find another way to stay connected by swapping contact information.
  • I set goals to have a conversation with a certain number of people at an event.
  • I tell myself that after a certain amount of time at the event, I can leave.
  • Depending on how loud the event is, I might find a quiet space or corner to recharge.
  • If I know the host or can see the guest list, I look on it for people I already know.
  • I only attend a set number of networking events per month.
  • I make sure to grab a drink or snack right when I arrive so that I can take in the room without feeling the need to socialize right away.

 

By following these guidelines, I have made networking and meeting new people fun and manageable for myself. At every party, meeting, or networking event I attend, I almost always come away having deepened a friendship or having met someone new.

 

Do you plan to try one of these ideas the next time you are invited to an event? I’d love to hear how it goes for you, so feel free to leave a comment.

 

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What It Means to Be An Introvert: Myths and Facts

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

Many misunderstandings arise about what it truly means to be an introvert. Even as an introvert myself, it can be easy to fall into the trap of believing some false ideas.

 

In the book, “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” author Beth Buelow dispels many misconceptions. Here are some introvert myths and facts. Do you find yourself second-guessing one of these if you had thought it to be true?

 

Myth: Introverts don’t like people.

Fact: Introverts are drained when around people, so they might prefer time alone.

 

Myth: Introverts are shy.

Fact: Introverts might take some time to warm up to a situation, or they might not start talking until a large crowd has thinned out.

 

Myth: Introverts are not good at selling themselves.

Fact: Introverts are less likely to push themselves on people, and they approach conversations with a mindset to deepen a relationship.

 

Myth: Introverts are not good at making conversation.

Fact: By learning good questions to ask and by being curious about the other person, introverts can be excellent conversationalists.

 

Myth: Introverts dislike networking.

Fact: When done in such a way that plays to the strengths of introverts, networking can be a bearable—even enjoyable—activity.

 

It has been interesting to reflect on the times I have used my introversion as an excuse to avoid conversation, apologize for being quiet, or tell myself that I’m not going to make money. I have enjoyed reading The Introvert Entrepreneur because it has helped me change my mindset about how my gifts as an introvert equip me to be a stellar business owner.

 

Have you ever let something about you become an excuse to hold yourself back? What helped you realize that was happening? What did you do to change your mindset? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

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