Introverts - Worn out?

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  1. ku_alum

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    I'm an introvert. I am energized when I am alone. And drained when I'm around others.

    As a teacher, I am around others ALL of the time. I can sometimes find time to re-energize on my plan. But, not guaranteed.

    I love my students and have a really good time teaching. Engaging with students is truly rewarding.

    But, I feel like I "perform" all day. I put on my happy face, turn on my witty brain, amp up my energy level ... and teach.

    I love it.

    But, when I get home ... I'm done.

    My husband "deals" with it, but I know he sometimes wishes I had more to give at home. I think he sees it as me not getting enough sleep or not making good use of my time. That is probably a small part of it, but I really think the biggest part is just that I need to be alone. He is an introvert, too. So, it is not like he doesn't understand where I'm coming from.

    Anyone else feel this way?
     
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  3. JustMe

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    Oh. Yes.

    I am essentially an actress all day. At dismissal, I am done. I don't do anything productive after school during the week.
     
  4. MrsC

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    I know just how you feel. Our break is coming up next week and I need it.
     
  5. Major

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    I think everyone needs some "down time" ..... even extroverts like me. Most of the time I'm energized by being around people (groups from just 2 or 3 to a large crowd) ..... and then from time to time I need to be with just ME ...... to reflect on my thoughts and feelings.... :):)
     
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    I'm an introvert, but being around the kiddos energizes me. It's adults that make me exhausted. I'm a performer at heart anyway, so the "always on" part works for me.
     
  7. Caesar753

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    Yep.
     
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    I could have written this verbatim, minus the part about your husband being an introvert, too. Mine is not.
     
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    I'm very much an introvert.

    I enjoy being around people, but I need my down time to recharge, too. I love that when I get home I've got the whole place to myself. My EX never really understood the need for me to have time to myself.
     
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    For me the calm time is when I go to classes like Karate and yoga. I focus on moving my body and my head gets a break.
    Maybe you should start saying you are on your "me time." :p
     
  11. ku_alum

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    Makes me feel better to know I'm not alone. I don't mind being "this way" :) but sometimes I feel guilty in the evening.

    I used to meditate every morning and really enjoyed that. I wonder if I should try meditation in the evening.
     
  12. Harper

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    I, too, could have written your post! I don't have the liberty of much quiet time with my kids, but they seem to be okay with me hoping on the treadmill for 20 minutes. So, I use that as my quiet time (walking, not running) and no one is the wiser. And, it does help me to be able to socialize again :) Try the meditation; it can't hurt!
     
  13. amakaye

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    Yes, yes, and yes!

    My fiance is an extrovert, but he understands my need for quiet downtime after school. Plus, he gets a lot of interaction with his job, so that helps. :)
     
  14. Geologygirl

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    I feel similarly. Iv found spending about an hour at home in front of the telly or in quiet with my cat and dog doing nothing helps though. I also kind of enjoy the quiet before and after school and I use that to get grading done, or at lest I did during student teaching.
     
  15. i8myhomework

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    Not at all.

    I'm the opposite. I'm a huge extrovert and when I'm not around people I have no idea what to do. Twice a month I have "me" days but I still find ways to incorporate other people into one or two phases of my day.

    If I'm not socializing a majority of the time I am just plain miserable.
     
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    I think I am a cautious introvert. I like being around people, but boy do I love it when everyone goes to bed and it is just me. My checkbook would never get balanced if I didn't have those hours after the hubs and kids have gone to bed. Neither would the floor get vacuumed (they sleep through it). Being introverted has definitely caused me to be a night owl!
     

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