Restarting a new life is tough for an introvert.
Like most introverts, I have a social battery. Throughout a given day, the battery level depletes after social interaction until it’s empty and needs recharging. Cue social exhaustion when I would like nothing more than staying at home, watching a movie or reading a book.
I love travelling, obviously, along with meeting and socializing with friends new and old. However, all these activities eat into my social battery and can leave me feeling exhausted by the end of it.
It’s not that I don’t want to see you, it’s just I require a lot of time alone to recharge afterwards.
I’ve found that rebuilding a life in England, or anywhere for that matter, can be draining for us introverts. Simple (but necessary) activities like job interviews, asking strangers for directions and making new friends can be very tiring. It seems like there’s so many things I need to do that it can get a bit overwhelming. Eventually, I’ll get emotionally tired (and thus cranky) and will need a nice cup of hot chocolate and a few episodes of House to get me recharged.
But you can’t live life always recharging. It’s all about finding a healthy balance.
To all those introverts out there: get out of your comfort zone. Not everyone can say that they’ve tried living in a new country, so take advantage of your adventure. Even taking small steps, like exploring the nearby neighbourhoods on your own or figuring out the local bus route system can help ease the transition. It’s tiring, but it’s worth it.
However, take time to recharge your battery, too. I love solitary hobbies like running through the neighbourhood, reading new books or making cross stitch presents and I need to allow time for these activities. Yes, I’m living someplace new, but it’s not always glamour and adventures. There’s quite a bit of naps, too.