After my recent post about introvert hangovers, I got questions about what practical tools I use to recover from them, so I compiled a list for you! These are also my favorite go-to tools for generally being a happier, healthier introvert who spends less time hiding in the bathroom.
1. Ear Plugs
When it comes to earplugs, I’m like a half-crazed squirrel hiding nuts for the hard times to come. I have them in my purse, computer bag, and suitcase. I also sneak them into church (don’t tell).
Why? In one study, introvert and extrovert participants were escorted to a private room where music was playing. They were told to adjust the volume to their comfort level. The introverts chose a volume level 30% lower than the extroverts. The world is loud, earplugs help.
2. Eye Mask
Who needs a “do not disturb” sign on your door when you can put one on your face? This helps me sleep or recover from an introvert hangover. Unfortunately, this specific mask isn’t made anymore but I’ve linked to a “leave me alone” one that basically accomplishes the same purpose. 😉
Why? Because of the ways our nervous systems are wired, introverts get worn out when we have too much external stimulation (anything coming at us from the outside). Taking a break and shutting out as much stimulation as we can is restorative.
Pair this with ear plugs and an eye mask = bliss. I would wear this thing all day if I could. I love weighted blankets so much I have two (and I still don’t share).
Why? Think about swaddling a baby when he or she is crying. Gentle pressure surrounding our bodies tells our introvert nervous systems we’re safe and can relax. If you’re been at a social event or you’re in a stressful situation, curling up with a warm weighted blanket can work wonders.
4. Roobios Tea
I love coffee but it revs me up and sometimes what I need is to calm down. (I’m now thinking of the quote in the Devil Wears Prada movie where Emily Blunt’s character says to Anne Hathaway, “I rarely say this to people who aren’t me, but you have got to calm down!”)
Why? One of the main differences between extroverts and introverts is how much of the neurotransmitter dopamine we need to feel our best. Dopamine revs us up and caffeine causes our brain to release more of it. For introverts, too much caffeine can contribute to anxiety. Roobios, a South African Red Bush tea, has been shown to have a calming effect instead.
Fancy, official disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and you should talk to yours before taking any new health product. I’ve tried many supplements through the years and this one works best for me. I like that it fights anxiety and increases focus with all-natural ingredients.
Why? So much of thriving as an introvert is about managing our nervous systems by finding the right balance of calm and energy. Certain vitamins and minerals, like the ones in At Ease, can help with that process. Again, everyone is different so what works for me might not be what your body needs.
6. Dr. Teal’s Bubble Bath and Bath Salts
If all else fails, lock the door and take a bubble bath. I like Dr. Teal’s Relax and Relief bubble bath paired with Epsom salt. I emerge not only smelling better but feeling better too, which is a win-win for everyone in my household.
Why? A warm bath triggers the relaxation response in our body and bath salts ease tense muscles (which introverts may have after, oh, making small talk, ordering pizza on the phone, giving a speech, or other activities involving humans).
Sometimes my mind feels like a giant dryer with thoughts tumbling around in it, gettin’ hotter by the minute, and no timer to tell me when to stop. I use unlined journals like an empty laundry basket. I pull the thoughts out of my head and dump them on the page where I can get some control over them. An unlined journal helps me feel like I have permission to be messy and imperfect.
Why? Studies have shown introverts have more internal activity than extroverts. This helps us do things like create, innovate, empathize, and reflect. It also means we can get stuck in rumination, endless cycles of unproductive thinking. Moving our internal thoughts to something external, like a journal, helps stop those cycles (and can lead to some helpful ah-ha moments too).
The tools I’ve included are what work best for me. Because we’re all different, you might find other tools that work best for you. If so, I’d love to hear about them!
Cheering You On,