Wow. What a year this month has been. For everyone. It’s a wild time in the world. And, quite frankly, it’ll probably feel like this for a while. No matter when you’re reading this…”survival mode” seems to be the new normal. The world feels heavy. Maybe, it always has. But, it seems like every conversation lately starts with a difficult situation. Are you feeling that?
Impacts of Chronic Stress and Worry
Here’s the thing: our bodies are not meant to sustain this level of chronic stress and worry. Biologically, we are designed to respond to dangerous situations with a “fight, flight or freeze” response. Adrenaline and cortisol trigger these responses in order to keep us safe. You know, from predators. External threats. Well, we’ve certainly got external threats right now. Some very clear and flashy, and some invisible. The “predators” that are cuing our stress responses are more covert and constant than ever before. So, our bodies are in overdrive. Almost constantly pumping these protective hormones through us in an effort to keep us “safe”. However, it has the opposite effect! I’m no scientist, but I know that chronic doses of stress hormones are NOT healthy.
Signs That Introverts Need Some Quiet Time During a Crisis
- Getting unusually irritable with people for “little” things
- Feeling “touched out”
- Hyper-vigilance (senses on hyper alert)
- Inability to find words easily
- Neglecting basic personal needs (food, sleep, sex, etc.) in order to keep the peace
Introverts Need to Rest and Recharge from Stress
This type of stress is simply unsustainable. Stress relief in the form of a break, intentional quiet time, less “people-ing” is a need. Carve out this time. How much time is up to you and your specific needs. But, this needs to be prioritized as soon as possible in order for you to keep doing the amazing work and life you have created for yourself.
Note: Self-Care is Not Selfish
Getting the peace and quiet you need is not selfish. As an introvert, resting to recharge is as necessary as oxygen. Especially during times of crisis. Your body is giving a lot right now. Even if it’s simply keeping you safe. Alive. So, give it what it needs in order to keep being there for you! Consider this your “doctor’s orders” if you need to. Or, at least the simple request from an expert on the needs of sensitive, introverted women! This is your coach speaking…and, I need you to take a true break. Not just a bubble bath, but an intentional recharge. What does that look like for you? What are your favorite ways to rest and recharge? How do you carve out quiet time in this chaotic world? I’d love to share more tips and ideas from introverts around the world. Let’s hear them!
Reduce Stress in the Chaos with Radical Introvert Coaching for Women
After you’ve taken a true break, I would love for you to consider reaching out. Take your time. It’s okay. I’ll wait. As an experienced therapist and sensitive introvert, I am uniquely able to help support YOU, wherever you are. The Radical Introvert Coaching Program is different from other classes, therapy, and coaching you may have participated in before. We are going to be actively designing a life that is truly yours, amid the harsh reality of our fast-paced world. Whether you are in Florida, California, Texas, Washington, North Carolina, Oregon, Missouri, South Carolina, somewhere else in the United States, Canada, or even the United Kingdom and beyond…I want to help sensitive, introverted women find some quiet in the chaos.