If you’re anything like me, then you would know how it feels to be in a situation where your ‘social battery’ runs out. It refers to the moment when you no longer have energy to carry on socialising. One minute you’re chatting away in a room full of people and the next you don’t seem to have the desire to be in a sociable environment anymore.
It’s important to note that others may not notice this switch in your mood and most of the time you will have to try and recover from this feeling on your own. When your social battery feels drained, you are likely to feel tired and unmotivated in terms of your physical, emotional and mental state. But not to worry, it is fairly easy to recover from this temporary state and feel recharged in no time. So, here’s what to do when your social battery runs out.
Ask yourself why you are feeling this way
Sometimes, we might have no idea why our social battery has run out. There are often times when our energy to socialise diminishes and leaves us feeling drained without knowing why. There can be multiple reasons for this. Perhaps you’ve had a long week, haven’t been getting enough sleep or haven’t given yourself enough time to be on your own.
Nowadays, we consume ourselves with work and fill up our spare time in order to get things done. But we tend to forget that we need time to ourselves. So, in order to avoid feeling burnt out in a social situation, make sure you are setting aside enough time to be on your own. This means you are giving yourself space and time to do the things you enjoy doing alone and being only amongst your own thoughts. This will benefit you especially if you are more of an introverted character and feel more comfortable in your own company.
Make plans with yourself after the social situation has ended
Leaving a social situation should ideally be the last resort. There will be more times in the future where your social battery runs out and it’s best to learn how to deal with it rather than running from the problem. As a solution, try to think about what you are going to do once you get home and plan an activity for yourself that you will enjoy. Making plans with yourself for once you have left the social environment is a great way to perk yourself up again. You want to avoid getting home and feeling secluded and unmotivated. So why not try encompassing yourself in a new hobby or project such as painting, reading or baking to engage your mind in something that makes you feel happy.
Talk to a close friend or family member
Although in this moment you may not feel like talking to anyone, it’s a good idea to let someone know how you are feeling. Try reaching out to a close friend or family member and have a chat with them about your situation. Getting advice from someone else may also help you get to the bottom of figuring out why your social battery feels drained. It is important not to shut yourself off from others when you are feeling this way to avoid isolating and removing yourself from sociable environments further.
Go on a walk and embrace nature
If you really don’t feel like talking to anyone else or actively engaging in a hobby, then why not try going on a short walk. Research shows that surrounding yourself in nature does wonders for both your physical and mental wellbeing. By going on a short walk when you’re feeling unmotivated, you will instantly give yourself time to focus on your thoughts and improve your overall mood. Perhaps you could take some time out of the social situation to go on a brisk walk and head back afterwards, hopefully you will be feeling a little more energised and willing to engage in conversation.
Have a good night’s sleep
Sometimes, the only reason why our social batteries run out is that we are simply just feeling tired. You may have had a stressful and tiring week. It’s impossible to be completely happy and positive all the time, sometimes we push ourselves too hard to pretend we are feeling fine. It is ok to acknowledge that you are not feeling 100%. There is no harm in leaving a sociable environment a little early, you have got to make sure that you are prioritising yourself. Have a good nights sleep and hopefully you will feel reenergised and ready for the following morning. You don’t need to beat yourself up when you’re not feeling completely on form. Take the time to make yourself feel better and recharged. You’ve got this!