21 Aug Dr. Hinson’s Guide to Summer Self-Care for the Office Introvert
Hello, dear introverts! It’s Abbey Research’s resident professional introvert, Dr. Hinson here, with tips and tricks for surviving all the Summer activities in your office, organization, or team. When the weather turns for the better, many offices and groups begin to make social plans to take advantage of the nice weather and longer days, but these events can be stressful and draining for the office introvert. When socializing is part of team building or company culture, what can you do to mitigate the stress and exhaustion?
Hibernate in Advance
Most introverts are good at planning and preparing, and if your office get togethers cannot be avoided, it’s best to plan in advance for the extra energy drain. Communicate with your supervisor well in advance of any new events or activities, so that you know what to expect and how to prepare, but also so that they can take your personality trait and energy requirements into consideration. If you know the annual BBQ is coming up next week, it might be best not to make any weekend plans so you get a good amount of recharging time in.
Tip for Supervisors: Consider offering different types of events over the Summer to meet the diverse needs of your employees. Think about the level of external stimulation at a loud bar, or outdoor venue, versus having a smaller, more intimate event at a quieter place.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Even though introverts make up 25-50% of all people, they are often misunderstood as sky, withdrawn, snobby, or uninterested. Introverts know this isn’t the case, but often struggle to communicate how our different needs manifest in work and social situations. If you’re introverted, however that manifests, communicating with your supervisor and colleagues can only help build understanding, especially when you decide to spend your Summer Fridays at home reading, rather than go to the beach with your office mates.
Tip for Supervisors: Get to know your people. This may seem rather obvious advice, but understanding the various personalities in your office can only improve your employee relations, and can also help you put the most effective team together.
Stick to Self-Care
Ensuring quality alone time isn’t the only way to take care of yourself through the long, and hot, summer months. I’m fairly typical for an introvert in that I spend a lot of time thinking (and over-thinking), daydreaming, planning, and reflecting. All of these internal processes also take their toll, so it’s important for me to stick to a self-care routine that allows my brain to take a break. For me, that’s yoga, reading, going to the gym, and Hallmark movies. Find whatever activities take you a little out of your introversion, without exhausting you, and make sure you make time for them.
Tip for Supervisors: Consider offering self-care at the office, encourage your employees to take time out of their day to go for a walk, stretch, or consider bringing in activities that can promote a healthy and balanced workforce.
This simple and effective guide to surviving summer as an office introvert is meant to give you the basic steps to ensure that you don’t transition from Summer to Fall completely exhausted from all the extra social activities. If you are a leader or supervisor in your office, then you are leading and supervising introverts, and considering their needs is just as important as balancing the budget or planning the company picnic.