Since apparently it would be rude to pass out copies of What I Need the Extroverts in My Life to Understand when we have company for a few days or when we go to a party(hrumph), I’ve had to come up with coping strategies because I’m most definitely an introvert.
Even though I enjoyed our company this weekend, all that constant noise and having to engage with someone who thinks something must be wrong if you aren’t talking the whole time, really stresses me out and exhausts me.
What’s an introvert to do?
Cook. You’re doing something for other people, but you can easily wave off any offers of help and no one should be right on top of you while you’re cooking.
Need something that’s put away in the garage/attic/basement. Definitely too cramped or dusty or generally unpleasant for someone else to join you. And only you know where you put that, so even those who don’t mind the dust really shouldn’t be in there with you- and it’s not safe, so you’re really just looking out for their welfare.
Go check on the kids. They shouldn’t be outside or down at the playground way far away from where everyone is for that long. Check on them. And they might require you to stay with them for quite a while.
Take a nap. The ultimate in self-defense. In general, if you fall asleep in the middle of the day, no one but a child would wake you up. Everyone else assumes you must really need the sleep. A little tricky because you can’t really go lock your bedroom door and take a nap, so you have to fall asleep wherever everyone is.
Stay up late. The only time you might get quiet is when everyone else is sleeping. And while you might be exhausted from all that forced close contact, if you need the quiet, take it when you can. This also makes it a little easier for you to take that nap the next day.
Deflect. Have super social kids or a spouse? Suggest things they and your company can talk about or do together. That you know absolutely nothing about so it’s not weird when you aren’t involved.
Go to a movie. Social activity where it’s actually rude to talk.
Take a shower. A really, really long shower. You’re just trying not to stink up the joint, no one will question this.
Have a glass (or bottle) of your drink of choice. The voices don’t bother you as much when they’re a little muted or fuzzy.
Yell “I’m fine! GO SIT DOWN OVER THERE!” Stomp away and then feel like a terrible person.
Oh wait, I don’t recommend that last one. At all. But if you’re an introvert, you might understand how I got to that point.