Being an introvert in today’s society isn’t as uncommon as you think. Although us introverts prefer our alone time to recharge and re-energize, we understand the need to communicate and involve ourselves effectively in the work place.
Maintaining your involvement in a work setting is crucial to ensure your opinions are being heard and your contributions are being utilized. Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain high energy, though, and you wish you had time to be by yourself to sort out all of your thoughts, form them into logical ideas, and then take action. Unfortunately, you don’t always have time to take a recharge break from your peers! But don’t worry. . . we can help.
If you’re an introvert and you’re wondering what you need to do to fit into your current or future work setting, here’s some tips. . .
1. Maintain confidence
It can be difficult to be sure of yourself if you’re an introvert in this extroverted world. But you were chosen to be a part of the team at this work place because of who you are. You offer a special set of skills and individuality, that is the very reason you were picked to be in the position you are in. Remember that! Be proud of what you do and who you are!
2. Don’t be afraid to speak up
Us introverts tend to remain reserved most of the time. . . But, again, remain confident. Your input is valuable and is a necessary part of your team and the company. Maybe you need alone time to consider what you want to contribute, and that is fine! But, make sure that you don’t ignore those immediate thoughts and ideas. Just because you haven’t had time to think it over in depth doesn’t mean it isn’t helpful!
Also, if you feel the urge to be constructive when others are sharing their ideas, do it! Depending on the setting you are in, the work place is typically a professional environment. This means that constructive criticism is key to upholding the values and efficiency of the company you work for.
3. Feeling stressed? Just breathe!
Sometimes a common tactic us introverts go towards when we are stressed is withdrawal. When we feel like our energy tank is running on fumes, we begin to withdraw from the situation. You don’t want to get so overwhelmed to the point of it negatively effecting your day at work or your personality.
To prevent withdrawing from your environment, take time to just breathe. During your breaks or lunch break, spend some time by yourself. Take this time to reflect and redirect your thoughts and internal feelings. Know that you are doing just fine in this extroverted environment. Take the time to meditate, or focus on your breathing. Think of things that are calming, try reminding yourself of what you are grateful for. . . which should include your introverted personality!
Although this world is full of social opportunities, always remember how important your personal needs are, and don’t be ashamed to spend time alone if you need to!