My husband and I just got back from a week long trip a few days ago. I’ve been feeling absolutely exhausted since getting home, sleeping in way past when I normally would, and still feeling completely worn out.
My diet has been fairly filled with leftover sugar, so I assumed that was the cause of it. And it very well may be part of it, it certainly doesn’t help.
But it wasn’t until getting an email on introversion that it finally clicked that part of my exhaustion is probably due to all the extroverting I had to do on the trip.
I feel my introversion very physically. I know this about myself, but somehow I overlooked it this time.
My husband and I were together almost the entire trip. I love him, but he’s still a person, and even when we’re doing introvert things in the same room, we’re still in the same room. It’s different than being alone.
A couple days in and we had to socialize with others. By that point we were both completely exhausted and not really wanting to visit with the people we had traveled to visit. We both just wanted to crash (my husband’s an introvert too).
But we pushed through, we visited, and had a good time even, but the tiredness grew steadily worse.
We got home a few days ago, and still haven’t fully recovered. It’s going to take some time, but it’s also helpful to be armed with the knowledge of how too much extroverting affects me. And that it’s the lack of time alone that’s leaving me drained.
Next time I’m going to be more intentional about getting the space I need. And it’s never for nothing when experiences teach us something moving forward.
Do you have a similar experience when traveling with others? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂