As a true INFJ, I have discovered that it is of the utmost importance to have some Introvert time on a regular basis.  Now yes it is true that I do have some Extrovert tendencies, but at my core I am an introvert.  About a year ago, I decided to make some changes in my life and lifestyle.  My husband and I embarked on a journey to be healthier and fit.  Since that journey began, and has been tremendously paying off, our lives have taken a serious upswing in our social and family activities.  I LOVE it, especially the ability to participate in more activities with my kids.  The only problem I have had is that with all of this social and family activity, I seem to have people around me “extreme extrovert style” on a regular basis.  OMG, I have NEVER had this many people this often in my space.

I had to take a moment to step back and unplug to figure out why I felt so drained, moody, and seemingly unhappy.  What I found was while my new social life has truly been fun, it had become very draining for me.  I know it sounds like I just contradicted myself, but I really didn’t.  See, I get most of my creative thinking, ideas, meditation, and problem solving done during my quiet introvert time.  I absolutely love my family and friends, and I most certainly love to spend time with them.  However, when I don’t take time to feed my introvert I yet again render myself unproductive and ultimately unhappy.  So the solution I have discovered is balance.

It is necessary to have a social life and to reap the benefits of networking and connecting with others, but it is also a necessity to incorporate regular downtime to recenter and focus.  It’s ok to unplug from people and things from time to time, but I do not suggest you make being unplugged a permanent way of life.  There is something special about the human connection.  Now, what that human connection becomes once made depends on what we choose to make it.

As always, I thank you for stopping by.  Remember today is a great day to make a positive impact in the lives of those around you, and don’t forget to Be Friendly, Show Favor, and Give Love.


Published by T. Lynn Tate

I am a story mid-wife, writer, and Talk Show Host. I specialize in helping women tell their stories of healing to wholeness through various faith-based genres. I am the host of the online talk show series Penned The Writer's Utopia and Sip & Chat with T. Lynn.

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