An Introvert’s Handbook on Overcoming Social Events

Breaking: Introvert uprising!
By: Iffah Salleh
December 30, 2022

This introvert’s handbook can be applied at any celebration, reunion, gathering, or party to avoid awkwardness and protect your social battery from running low. Let us cite Taylor Swift from her album Midnights, track five, “You’re on your own, kid.”

For introverts, mingling around creates a special set of hurdles, from attempting to catch their breath in crowded places, and not to be a buzz kill, but it’s easy to become overwhelmed by so much in action.

As a fellow introvert, the Glitz team has gathered eight tips from our introvert’s handbook on overcoming social events. Here’s everything you need to flutter through the party like a social butterfly, effortlessly and cheerfully.

Introvert’s Handbook Communication Guidelines

1. Allocate Your Time

Attending social gatherings might make introverts feel pressured to meet with every person before the conclusion of the year, but the truth is, you can manage interactions. Schedule the meetings you want to attend to increase your odds of surviving and the time you need to recharge. Keep in mind that if you are going to turn down invitations, please do so gently and as a self-care decision rather than an escape.

2. Be Truth To Yourself

Understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. If you require adequate ventilation now and then, go ahead and take a walk. It’s brave to push yourself into the spotlight and beyond your personal bubble, but respecting your limits is also vital.

3. Propose A Small Tea Party

When you are on the in-charge team, you may find that they are more manageable and less stressful since you have the power of what to predict or prevent. This does not have to be anything costly, contrary to popular belief, a gathering does not indicate that everyone is out partying with hundreds of employees or friends on a daily basis. A simple catch-up over tea with a few close friends can provide a welcome relief from broader societal events.

4. Plan Ahead Of Time An Escape Plan

Every introverted hermit can gain from pre-planning an escape route.

If you need to utilise public transportation, go home to check on the kids or house pets, or attend another unavoidable family event, let your host know ahead of time so you don’t have to scrabble for an alibi the moment you arrive. Strongly recommend not telling lies, but telling a half-glass story that will not put you in an unwanted dilemma.

5. Make Yourself Busy

Volunteering to clean the dishes or sweep the room isn’t the most dazzling part of the togetherness, especially at a big event, but it does offer you a holiday from the chaotic different gatherings. You can take advantage of the opportunity to catch your breath and balance your heart pace to normal, and your host will be grateful for the extra hand. Plus, you never know when you’ll run into another introvert while you are at it, small world.

6. Practice Make Perfect

Introverted individuals may have a limited social battery and are often apathetic in public interactions. But it doesn’t imply they won’t go to any social functions. Some did, in fact, stay until the end of the events. However, given their lack of social skills, it may be beneficial to start preparing your brain at least a day in advance with some simple conversations in your mind before coming. This will not only allow you to gain a sense of control, but it could also serve as a rope for the opposing party.

7. Bring A Companion, Preferably An Extrovert

We advise that introverts connect with individuals with equal energy levels and reciprocate it. However, once in a while, an extrovert can come to your rescue, help you break out of your bubble, and, more crucially, lead all the dialogues. Attending social gatherings with someone who will handle all the socialising for you might be a victory card for introverts. People said to think smart rather than work hard, this is it.

8. Make Up A Default Excuse 

There is no embarrassment in rejecting invites to social occasions, so come up with a few good explanations. Notifying your friends that you are too busy, have work or duties to do, or do not have the energy to attend is usually beneficial. It’s not a matter of deception. Actually, it’s more about being honest about your willingness to commit. If it’s too much, just walk away.

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