BY AMY REED
Imagine a bustling workweek filled with long hours, constant interactions, and social commitments, then envision a weekend with no plans - if the prospect of such solitude brings you relief, you're likely an introvert who values moments of personal recharging.
Contrary to misconceptions, being an introvert doesn't imply being unsociable, but rather having a finite socializing capacity before needing solitary recharge; after a day of work interactions, the idea of further socializing can be draining for introverts.
Each of us possesses a "social battery" - extroverts recharge among others while introverts recharge in solitude, sometimes evident when introverts suddenly struggle to engage after socializing, indicating their battery depletion.
As an introvert, the mere thought of constant nightly plans exhausts me; my extroverted friends thrive in perpetual activity, yet I cherish moments for relaxation and personal pursuits.
Engaging in solitary activities like reading, visiting galleries, watching movies, or strolling through parks brings a refreshing and joyful sense of relaxation to introverts, making it a perfect way to spend free time.
Introverts, like myself, can happily be in relationships, but many of us naturally gravitate towards other introverts as we age; for instance, one of my friends is even more introverted than I am and has embraced her preference for solitude by choosing to stay single, finding contentment in the companionship of herself.
The prospect of a week-long vacation with someone, sharing living spaces and engaging in constant activities, is an absolute nightmare for my friend who struggles in relationships; if this resonates with you, your introverted tendencies are likely to be strong.