Find a quiet space and walk around
Fresh air and a little space is always a great way to calm an overactive brain. If you can’t get outside or away from people, try finding the quietest space you can. Put your phone on silent and pretend to listen to a voicemail. That way you will look busy but you don’t have to talk to yourself.
Unless you want to, of course. That can feel good too.
You’re used to zoning out, but have you tried zoning in? Think of it link a mindfulness exercise. Pick one think to concentrate on and focus on it. Maybe it’s a wall hanging, or a clock. Your drink can be good for this. Look at your lemonade. Concentrate on the bubbles. The speed at which they move. The different sizes of the bubbles. Where are they close together, where are they spread out. Then move from the sight of the bubbles to the sound of the bubbles. Listen as intently as you can. Zoning in to something for a few minutes is a great way to get your brain to stop bouncing from one thing to another. A few minutes of zoning in is like giving your mind a few deep breaths.
Fake being productive
Introverts like creative projects and love to feel productive. But you can finish your screenplay or coding during a party. But you can hide away somewhere for three minutes and play a quick game on your phone. You can get a pretty good, albeit temporary, sense of satisfaction from pseudo-productivity, such as crushing candies or a quick word jumble. SUGAR CRUSH!!
Introverts find their energy draining very quickly in social situations. It doesn’t matter how much you may love and adore the people we are with – eventually you begin to notice that you’re quieter, it’s harder to find the words you want to say and instead of being involved in the conversation you start zoning out. Your close friends might be used to this and just let sit there in your bubble. But when you know you have to be “on” for a long time around lots of different people, how to you manage your energy levels?
Have you tried any of these tips? What works for you?