What Boosts Your Energy? Especially for Introverts

When members of the R & D team were asked, “What boosts your energy and just “lights you up” – personally or professionally, i.e., when you are just a fuller YOU after these times, interactions, experiences, etc?” here’s what Susan Kieffer, RN, MSN/Ed. said:

I read somewhere that the difference between an introvert and an extrovert depends on where you get your energy — from being with people or from being alone. With that definition in mind, I am totally an introvert as “alone time” is what boosts my energy and “lights me up.” Don’t get me wrong, I love people, and I love my family especially, but “alone time” — even for a few minutes — can completely rejuvenate my mind and give me that boost. I absolutely have to have that time to think, to reason things out, to just be quiet, and to pray.

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4 Responses to “What Boosts Your Energy? Especially for Introverts”

  1. Cheryl Hecht says:

    As an introvert, through and through, I have 2 suggestions that really work for me. Previously, I was a full time teacher and my two children were in the same school as me. When we got home, we made a deal where I got to go into my bedroom and close the door for one hour with NO interruptions. It was heavenly and once the hour was up, we could talk and get dinner ready with mom rejuvenated. Secondly, before a big family dinner, i.e. Thanksgiving, I find time to go for a walk at a nearby nature trail. It is so refreshing and I am ready for the hubbub of the meal.

    • Meggin McIntosh says:

      This is an award-winning suggestion, Cheryl! Asking for what you need…super smart and really models for your children regardless of whether they are introverts or extroverts. And which is it with them? 🙂 Note: I’m not sure why it’s showing me as responding as my assistant, but it’s really me 🙂 Must need to fix a setting on here. HA! Always something to learn.

  2. Cheryl Hecht says:

    My children are both introverts. They are not shy and spend lots of time with friends and doing activities away from home. Because I’ve learned so much about being an introvert, I am able to encourage them when an activity is outside their comfort zone or get them to slow down when they have put out too much energy.

  3. Cheryl Hecht says:

    Okay, I’m on a roll. Last summer, our daughter attended a “track and field” camp at the University of Idaho, Pocatello, ID. I was scared to death to leave her even though she was 14. I could tell she was anxious, as well (she gets quiet and a bit snippy). The time of the whole group introduction was approaching and I asked her if she wanted me to leave or walk with her. She wanted me to walk with her. A few steps later when we could see down into the common room, she whispers over to me, “You can go now.” She had hit her, “this is okay” zone. If I didn’t know what I do about introverts, I might have pushed her to go on her own or let her snippiness get to me. But I know those are just her “I’m worried” behaviors. By the way, she had a blast at the camp!

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