Headache? Check. Dry mouth? Check. Generally feeling like you got run over by a moving van? Check. If you’re an introvert and you’ve been doing a lot of socializing recently, it might not be the flu. It might be…an introvert hangover.
What’s an “introvert hangover”? Shawna Courter of IntrovertDear recently introduced us to this term, and it’s so spot-on, we can’t believe we’ve never thought of it before. Basically, if you’re more of a loner, social situations like dinners and cocktail parties tangibly deplete your energy. Once you’ve expelled it (you can probably muster up about two hours of small talk before feeling completely drained), you’re operating from an energy deficit. If you continue pushing yourself, you might feel hangover-like symptoms, including a headache, ringing in your ears and dizziness.
How do you get rid of it? Spend some time alone. At least a few hours. Yep, you have full permission to skip out on your family’s three-hour Heads Up! marathon to go read a book. It’s for your health.