From a young age we are taught to function in a periodic manner. From recess in elementary school to winter breaks in college, a rooted practice is that of rest and it is integrated in the systems we live in.
While the physical disconnect from work and rest is important, the need to mentally rest equates or even surpasses that. In addition, social settings can be just as exhausting and taking the time to recharge your social battery can improve your own well being and relationships.
Social battery: The energy and capacity one has to interact with other individuals
It is relative and changes from person to person
Although I am extroverted in the sense that I enjoy meeting new people and spending time with those around me, my well being is greatly affected when I don’t take the time to recharge. Socially battery is not an term exclusive to introverts and, as an extrovert, it can be easy for that battery to drain quickly.
Also, being a type A AND extrovert, comes with additional pressure to brighten social settings with energy and rigor.
With a low battery it becomes bot hard to do that and easy to feel unlike yourself. Being this is a reminder to recharge, here are some ways to do so.
- [Insert favorite hobby here]
What do you love to do? Practicing something where the main benefit is for your own joy is extremely fulfilling and the perfect way to recharge.
Analyze your emotions and connect with how you’re feeling. My preferred method is journaling but this could include any form of mindfulness.
- Guilt free relaxation
Unwind. Whether that be watching a show or getting a coffee, skip the guilt by practicing intentional relaxation
The best way to recharge is understanding where your energy is needed next. Plan the afternoon, the next day or even next week. Plan all things future energy expediture.
It’s okay to take time and recharge.