I am an ambivert, so I recharge my energy levels with a mixture of social interactions and alone time. I genuinely love being around people and am energized when I’m with them; however, after a while this will start to feel more draining then restorative. Similarly, I enjoy solitude, but not for too long. ✨
Finding the right balance of social and alone time can be tough, especially when attending events. I thrive on the connections and conversations with other people that I often neglect to give myself any downtime. There is also a good deal of FOMO (fear of missing out) that keeps me from taking time for myself. By the time I finally realize that all my energy has been depleted, I end up withdrawing for much longer then if I had given myself small windows of alone time throughout the event to reflect and integrate what I’ve been learning. ✨
At events it is easy to focus on the social interactions and neglect taking time and space to absorb the content, reflect on conversations, and integrate the experience. For Branch Out Austin, there are small chunks of mandatory alone time built into the event to allow for reflection and integration while limiting FOMO. There is also a LOT of built in connection, play, and free time, so hopefully everyone can find their perfect balance.
Any other ambiverts here?