I’m not sure when it happened, this change where I became an introvert. It’s been an interesting change in my life and I didn’t realize it happened until a couple of years ago when I attended a huge convention. I was very excited about the day and was not concerned, worried or frightened. I have always loved being around people and the day was moving along so beautifully and then it hit me
I needed to find somewhere quiet – fast. I didn’t know why. I wasn’t upset, angry or sad. I just had this overwhelming need to retreat somewhere for some peace and room to breathe. My husband began noticing my agitation and we decided to take a break. After about an hour, I was ready to begin the day again.
This became my new normal in life. This need to get away and refresh. I was concerned that perhaps I was having anxiety attacks or other problems, but began to realize that no – I just needed quiet and a chance to refresh when I am in large crowds.
I am generally a very happy person and I love sitting and talking with anyone. There’s nothing I love more than spending time with my family and friends – and new friends. But, large crowds tax me. Me, I am now a self-proclaimed introvert. I used to detest that word. I thought it meant someone who didn’t enjoy being around others – and that is not who I am. Over time, I have come to learn that it’s a person who refreshes in quiet. We just need a quiet cool space and something that relaxes us to rejuvenate the heart and prepare the soul to meet, greet and encourage others.
I have also learned the ‘signs’ that I am in overload and need to get out. I become a little anxious, agitated and well….grumpy. So, I have learned a few ways to help when I will be in large crowds for long periods of time.
- Read and Pray – No matter what I am doing – I must begin each day with prayer
- Listen to the Word – while I’m dressing, I listen to a book of the Bible on my phone
- Identify the speakers or classes I want to attend
- Identify the Vendors I want to visit
- Write a schedule that includes time in classes/speakers and vendor hall time
- Include down time in that schedule
- Snack in the morning
- lunch – many times I purchase my lunch or pack it and eat in the car
- Time to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sun
- If it’s raining, I’ll sit in the car
- Pray – throughout the day
- Drink a LOT of water
- Not stress over classes/speakers that I meet
- Spend time talking one-on-one with people.
- This is the difficult part. There are always so many existing friends and new friends to meet. But, I do find that chatting with someone one-on-one helps me focus and keeps me from feeling overwhelmed
Overall, I’m learning to love this new me. I move a little slower, but I take in more of the beauty around me. I absolutely love being around other people and having a game plan helps me prepare to spend as much time as possible around them, without becoming overwhelmed.
Of course, with anything, there is trial and error and some days I must make other changes. I am curious, though – how do you prepare for a convention?
I’m linking this up to other posts over at Teach Them Diligently – they are sharing a link-up for How to Prepare for a Convention – drop by and join the conversation. Sharing also with Next Gen Homeschool