Just because you’d much rather spend time at home with a good book, than head out to a new party every weekend, doesn’t mean that you’re going to ignore an important excuse to celebrate. Whether you’re throwing an event yourself, or you’re a special guest at someone special’s soiree – it’s not always possible to avoid a crowd.
Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of useful tips for the introverted individuals who put their friends, and party responsibilities ahead of their discomfort. Following are some of the best advice you’re going to need for staying sane during your next celebration.
1. Be Ready to Listen (a lot)
If you’re a life-long introvert, then the chances are you’re already going to know one important truth about “other” people – they love to talk about themselves. Since the chances are that you’re not going to want to be the center of the conversation anyway – you might as well help other people chat about what they’re interested in with bouts of active listening. What’s more – if you get to know the people around you through listening, you might even end up feeling more comfortable by the end of the party.
2. Track Your Energy Levels
If you know you’ve got hours of partying to get through, then you’re going to have to monitor your energy levels carefully during the night. Understand that from time to time, you’re going to have to take a moment aside to recuperate and get yourself in the right place for social interaction. Most introverts can find that time in crowds quickly saps their equilibrium.
If you find yourself struggling to cope, pretend you need to take a call and head to the bathroom – or make sure you have someone with you who can recognize the signs and give you a much-needed out when you need it most.
3. Track Down Quiet Areas
Finally, this tip will be easier to follow if you’re hosting the party yourself – but if you’re attending someone’s bash, it’s still possible to track down the quiet areas for emergency safe zone’s when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Some of the best spots typically include bathrooms, kitchens, back entrances, corridors, and so on.
Make sure you avoid places that you’ve been asked not to go, and anywhere that might have a lot of foot traffic. If you’re in a public venue, simply stepping outside might be enough.
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