Let’s be honest; people are draining. If you’re an introvert, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. There are many misconceptions when it comes to introverts, and the biggest one we’d like to quell is the notion that every introvert is a hermit who lives in a cave, never talks to people, and only interacts with their cats. Of course, this totally isn’t true – although we do love cats! Introverts do like people, but often find social situations tiring and anxiety-inducing. Most of the time, they can’t wait to get back home and recharge or spend time in a smaller social circle where they are more confident. However, certain life experiences require people to be sociable, so how is that possible for an introvert?
Acknowledge your introversion
Many introverts believe that by pretending they are someone they are not, they can get through a social situation. While this can work for some people, keeping up with this lie and this persona can be even more draining than the introversion itself. By acknowledging your introversion and understanding your boundaries and your limits, you can tailor your social interactions to your own needs. If you know that you can’t take large crowds, maybe head to the party early on before it gets too busy, and then head home. This way, you’ve still hung out with your friends, and you’ve left your house, without forcing yourself to be uncomfortable.
Let the extroverts take over
One of the many worries of an introvert is that they will be stuck in a room where all eyes are on them, expecting them to come out with a hilarious story that will entertain the masses. Well, guess what? Nobody expects that of you. Just attending an event is sometimes enough, as you can then let the extroverts take over. You like to keep a little quiet, and they love to stand out from the crowd, so why don’t you let the natural rhythm of things run free? By doing this, you are still socializing and butting in when you want to, without trying to be something you’re not or avoiding the event altogether. Any step matters.
Express yourself in other ways
If you find it hard to express yourself through words because you are more introverted than extroverted, then it’s not the end of the world. There are so many other ways to express yourself and so many other ways to show others what you’re about without telling them your life story. You can do this through your outfit or your makeup, and we guarantee you that you’ll feel more confident. When you are wholly and completely yourself in a group of people, it may even help you to socialize and talk to those who you wouldn’t normally talk to.
Try and try again
Just like anything, socializing takes practice. You might not be perfect right away, but that’s not a problem. You just need to make sure that you can pick yourself back up and practice the next time you head to a social event. The more you practice and talk to other people, the more you will feel confident in front of other people. That’s the plan, anyway. It may be that you just don’t want to practice, and that’s fine too! Just work how you want to work.
If you’re an introvert and want to be more sociable, then it’s not as hard as it sounds. We promise.