Are you feeling drained and burned out? Are your social interactions leaving you feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled? If so, it might be time for a recharge.
Socializing is vital for our mental health, but sometimes we need a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
If you’re looking for ways to get your energy back up, you’ve come to the right place. Here are ways to recharge your social battery and feel ready to go out again.
Colleen Wenner-Foy, MA. LCMHC-S, LPC, MCAP
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor | Founder and Clinical Director, New Heights Counseling and Consulting LLC
Permit yourself to disengage
This might seem like a silly thing to say, but it’s true. You can’t be everywhere at once. And if you don’t give yourself the time to recharge your social battery, you won’t have any left for work, family, or friends.
So take some time out of your day to do something that makes you feel good about yourself.
Take advantage of aromatherapy
The practice of applying scented oils to the skin has been around since ancient times. It is a simple and natural way to improve your mood and help you relax.
The use of specific oils can also help you sleep better at night. Many blends are designed specifically for relaxation and stress relief, such as lavender, chamomile, jasmine, rosemary, peppermint, and others.
If you need a break from being constantly surrounded by people, get away and try an aromatherapy bath. Your body and mind will thank you!
Involve yourself in physical exercise
Exercise releases endorphins that make us happy. Endorphins are hormones produced naturally in the brain that reduce pain and increase pleasure.
Exercise helps release these chemicals into the bloodstream, which travel throughout the body. This means that even after you stop exercising, your body produces them. So, not only does exercise boost your mood, but it also keeps your mood elevated long after you finish.
Constantly attending social events is physically and mentally draining and can lead to depression. You can maintain a positive outlook on life by participating in regular physical activity.
Implement relaxation techniques
These activities allow you to focus on yourself instead of focusing on others. The time you dedicate to relaxation will help you recharge your social battery.
Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation leads to fatigue and irritability and affects our ability to think clearly. Lack of sleep can cause problems with memory, concentration, decision-making, and judgment.
When you are tired, you tend to become more negative and less able to cope with stressful situations.
Getting adequate rest allows your brain to function properly and gives you the energy to deal with everyday challenges and embrace those social activities.
Spend time outdoors
Nature has a way of calming the soul. Spending time outside in nature helps you connect with the world around you. It also provides a sense of peace and tranquility. Being outside in nature enables you to reconnect with your inner self and recharges your social battery.
Christina Powell, LMHC, LPC
Owner and Psychotherapist, Mental Perk Therapy
How many spoons do you have?
The spoon theory is rooted in chronic illness; however, it has its place in social situations as well.
The idea is that we all start our day with a limited amount of “spoons,” i.e., energy to give. You may need a spoon to get through work meetings, social events, presentations, family events, etc. You get the drift.
Recognize your own limitations
So how do we replenish the spoons? Well, first, let’s identify how much energy you have to give in a day. Recognition of our own limitations is the most helpful tool we can use to navigate our social battery.
- What overwhelms you in social settings?
- How many events are too many?
- Do you enjoy crowds or more one-on-one interactions?
- When do I feel the most socially active?
- Are there people who deplete my battery faster?
- Who makes me feel comfortable and safe?
Learning to say no is one of the best tools you can develop for your own sense of well-being
Maintaining boundaries is up next. When we maintain our boundaries, we feel more in control and less overwhelmed by circumstances in the world.
Do you dislike going to concerts, but your friends keep pestering you? Do you want to go on a date night, but your partner wants a group event? Learning to say no is one of the best tools you can develop for your own sense of well-being.
Saying “no” does not mean you may never want to do something; it just means, at the moment, you don’t. You can explain this by saying something like, “I can’t go to ____ event, but the next time you have something going on, please keep me in mind!”
It reinforces your boundary but maintains that the boundary is just for this one-time occurrence.
Surround yourself with people who you feel comfortable around
Finding people you want to spend time with is paramount to experiencing a good time! Recharge your own social battery by surrounding yourself with people who support you, you feel comfortable around, and who communicate well.
We all have obligations that occur that deplete our batteries, like work, family events, and other commitments. When we don’t make an effort to engage in social activities we actually want to be a part of in-between obligations, we start to associate being social with a negative connotation.
Sometimes it’s not what you’re doing but who you’re with.
Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and Founder, Maya’s Journaling Corner
As an empath, a social introvert (yes, introverts can be social!), I need to recharge my social battery daily. I am always eager to meet new people and discover their unique personalities, so in a way, it does fuel me with energy.
But at the same time, I feel drained once I get back home (or leave the Zoom meeting). Being an introvert means that you regain your energy when you’re alone.
I might enjoy a lovely picnic with friends, but I’ll still feel drained once I’m finally by myself again. These are my two main tips to recharge your social battery:
Start journaling your thoughts and feelings
Journaling has changed my life in many ways. When you feel overwhelmed and drained from social life and external demands (from work or family life), just grab your notebook and start writing.
It doesn’t matter where your thought process might take you, just write it all out. There is power in getting your thoughts and feelings out of your head and onto paper. You don’t need to keep carrying your daily experiences and conversations with you.
You can let go and start fresh by writing it all out. It brings relief, it helps you take a step back from the conversations you’ve just had, and it makes you reconnect with yourself.
Plan empty moments
Seriously, grab your schedule and start planning empty moments. If you don’t plan these moments to recharge your mental and social battery, other people will fill up your schedule for you until there is no space to take a breath and process.
You are the only one who can make sure you push that pause button in your life. Make it a number one priority to schedule these moments of self-care first and then plan the demands of the external world (social life, work, volunteer projects, errands) around your empty moments. This is a great time to rest, listen to music or journal.
Creator, The Family Cruise Companion | Author, “The Family Cruise Companion’s Guide to Cruising with Kids“
Traveling is a great way to recharge your batteries and gain new perspectives
By visiting different parts of the world, you can learn about unique and inspiring cultures. You will also be exposed to fresh foods and drinks, which may help you to stretch your culinary boundaries.
Additionally, by being around people from different walks of life, you can better understand the dynamics of society and how it functions. This understanding can often translate into insights for your professional life as well.
Aside from experiencing first-hand what others have gone through in their lives, traveling allows you to mentally undress now and then to see things from a fresh perspective. When we allow ourselves this self-care process—even when we’re not physically away from home—we tend to feel fresher emotionally too.
Moreover, you are forced to notice the small things that matter most when you’re away from home. This can lead to better decision-making and increased productivity at work.
Traveling the world allows you to see different cultures and learn about new perspectives. This is an invaluable skill that can help you when working with others or dealing with difficult situations.
Physical fitness also benefits when traveling because it helps increase your immune system function and stamina. Taking walks in beautiful scenery or going for long hikes in exotic locales will keep your body moving while also giving your mind some peace.
Related: 15 Best Travel Inspiration Books
When traveling for work or leisure, pack as light as possible to minimize stress on your body (and wallet). Also, try not to drink too much alcohol since this will add to tiredness instead of helping you relax.
Finally, don’t forget: take plenty of pictures/videos while traveling so that you have memories of your trip long after it’s over.
So whether you’re looking to refresh your work-life balance or stretch your creativity, packing your bags and visiting a new part of the world is great!
Licenced Hypnotherapist | Founder, HypnoBox App
What is social battery?
Our interactions with people affect us differently. The simplest way to describe this is the social battery. Social battery means the natural energy we have for communication.
Extroverts feel recharged through interaction. On the other hand, introverts are exhausted after social interactions and need rest to recover. If you are an introvert, you would fully understand what it means to want some “me time.”
So how can you take this time and make the most of it to feel energized?
There are many ways to recharge your social battery. Some of them are expensive. Not everyone can afford to go for retreats. However, many other techniques are not only very useful but also fast and inexpensive. This includes, for example:
Practice breathing exercises to stop acute stress and manage emotions
We breathe all the time without thinking about it. Once we are stressed, we often shorten our breaths without realizing it. Mindful breathing techniques help you focus and become aware of your breathing.
Related: 18 Best Mindfulness Books
In my experience, breathing exercises are a great “emergency tool” for stressful situations. It helps stop acute stress and manage emotions. Learning to do it properly is an excellent skill to apply to your everyday life.
Do acupressure tapping
This is another great way to de-stress. Energy flows naturally through the body. The paths through which it flows are located near the surface of the body at specific points known as acupressure-, meridian-, or energy points. Any disturbance in this flow leads to negative emotions.
The process begins with an initial statement about what the problem is, thereby fully acknowledging it. This technique aims to free you from energy blockages by tapping on those energy points while repeating a reminder sentence.
Once released and a free flow of energy established, negative emotions and stress will also be drained away, leaving you feeling refreshed.
Flow state hypnosis is another great health technique
Flow state is a state of absolute focus, to the point where your sense of self and everything in the world ceases to exist. The flow state can easily be described as a moving meditation. You can do flow state hypnosis sessions every morning while exercising.
Another way to enter hypnosis is to enter a trance through regular exercise. At night, you can do sleep sessions. Even when your conscious mind is asleep, your subconscious can absorb suggestions.
It is not as effective as hypnosis, but it still works if you are doing it regularly. Just going to bed with the words “tomorrow will be great” will leave you feeling refreshed and energized the next day.
Exercise helps maintain your inner balance
This is often an important part of maintaining your inner balance. It is not only good for your physical health but also for reducing stress and recharging your social battery.
It does this by first distracting you from your stressful feelings because it needs your full attention and helps with clearer thinking afterward.
Second, the increased blood flow to your muscles leads to an energetic feeling. And third, it reduces stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol while increasing happy hormones like endorphins.
Some beneficial exercises you can take part in our aerobics include HIIT, dancing, walking, cycling, and boxing; Strength training also helps.
Sauna is another feel-good practice
This is another feel-good practice. A sauna is a place where people want to relax in the dry heat. Bathing in the heat of the sauna reduces stress in several ways. It is a warm and serene space with no outside disturbances.
The sauna’s heat relaxes the tense muscles of the body and improves blood circulation. Several studies show that regular sauna use can improve your psychological state by lowering cortisol, helping your body relax, and producing more endorphins.
Senior Editor, Tandem
Things became quite different when COVID-19 took over our lives around March 2020. No longer were get-togethers the social norm. For most of the population, it became increasingly popular to stay home and stay safe. Some areas even prevented social gatherings.
Now that various vaccinations and boosters are available to help combat the spread and severity of COVID, people are again comfortable going out and being social.
However, some people have changed their ways due to the lack of sociability that lasted for over a year. Many who once enjoyed going out with their friends, socializing, shopping, or partying, now find that they feel drained when it comes time to go out.
Instead of looking forward to socializing, they start experiencing a feeling of dread. If this is you, feeling drained instead of excited to go out, how can you recharge your social battery?
Take it one step at a time
If you aren’t up to the task of going out with a group, start by going out with one friend because you might feel less pressure if there is only one other person around.
Let your friend know in advance that you haven’t been out in a while and might not want to stay out long. This should help prevent them from trying to keep you out later than you would feel comfortable. Then, when you are ready to go home, it should be easier to say goodbye.
Find a new hobby or sport that might bring you happiness
You might not want to be social because you aren’t finding joy in things you once did. You can look at participating in a new hobby or sport that might bring you happiness.
Another benefit of many hobbies is they allow you to socialize with other people interested in the same thing. Don’t worry if you try out a hobby and don’t like it. Try another hobby, see how you like it, and keep doing this until you find something you love.
Related: How To Find A Hobby As An Adult
Even if you haven’t heard the term doomscrolling before, that doesn’t mean you aren’t guilty of doing this. Someone who doom scrolls will intently watch the news, websites, and social media, looking for things that are depressing, sad, or otherwise bad.
If you do this, it will change not only your mood but your perception of the world. When you stop this practice, you should be more positive and more willing to go out and enjoy yourself.
Work or socialize with others
Another effect that COVID had on society was many jobs that were previously in person became jobs that could be done remotely. Though remote work has many benefits, regularly being distant from others can drain one’s social battery.
If you work remotely, consider finding a position where you can work around other people. If that isn’t possible, consider donating your time at a local animal shelter or look for other volunteer opportunities where you can socialize with others.
Every person’s social battery is different. Some people will have huge social batteries. In contrast, others will have much smaller batteries and less capable of being social.
Don’t worry if your battery is smaller than your family’s or your friends. That’s what makes you unique, and being unique is a good way to be.
CEO and Owner, Very Informed
We all need social interaction to some degree—it’s essential for our mental and emotional well-being. But sometimes, after a long day at work or a hectic week, the last thing we want to do is go out and be around people.
If you’re feeling drained and need some alone time, there are plenty of ways to recharge your social battery without skipping out on your social obligations altogether. Here are a few tips:
Schedule some time for yourself
Make sure to schedule some “me time” into your week so that you can have some time to relax and recharge. This could be an hour to yourself after work each day or a whole day on the weekend.
It doesn’t matter how you spend the time, as long as you’re doing something that makes you feel good.
Spend time with close friends
When you’re feeling low on energy, spending time with close friends can be a great way to recharge. These people know and understand you, so you don’t have to put on a pretense or act like someone you’re not. Just being around them should give you a boost.
Do something new
Sometimes, the best way to recharge your social battery is to do something new. Trying something different will get you out of your comfort zone and help you meet new people. It can also be a lot of fun!
Whatever method you choose, make sure to take time for yourself every now and then so you don’t get too overwhelmed by social obligations. A little alone time can go a long way in helping you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world!
Founder, Credit Building Tips
Pick something to occupy your time other than the internet
When you need to recharge your social battery, you should avoid all things that might worsen it. You need to focus on self-care and avoid social situations, but you also should avoid social media and other online outlets.
Related: 25+ Benefits of a Social Media Detox
The internet is filled with social interactions, and platforms like social media can make it easy to compare yourself to others and exhaust you even more. You can also end up texting or messaging friends and family, which will not help to recharge your social battery.
Instead of gravitating towards your phone or other devices, it can help to occupy your time with other activities that promote self-care. Read a book, go for a walk or make a nice meal for yourself, all while leaving your phone alone.
Turning it off and placing it out of reach is a good way to avoid the temptation, and it will make it easier over time to gravitate towards doing other things to help yourself relax.
Founder & Director, DayCareWebsites
Take a nap
I am an introvert, making it difficult to interact with people without taking a break. I really need some time alone to just recharge myself to be able to face the world again.
An introvert’s physical energy may wane under the strain of constant social interaction. If you’re feeling exhausted after socializing, why not take a quick nap? This is what I do.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed, stressed, or even sad, I take a nap, and trust me, it helps to get you out of that bad zone and refreshes your thoughts.
Taking a nap is a perfect solution! Not only will you feel refreshed, but your emotional and social reserves will probably be restored to full.
You can also make sure you get a frequent social recharge by:
- Doing things like setting aside time after social engagements to recharge
- Getting some exercise
- Giving yourself “guilt-free” relaxation
- Stepping away from technology
- Letting people know your limits
Managing Director, Nexus IT Group
Invest time and effort into a creative project
Recharging your social battery, in my opinion, may be achieved through the use of creative problem-solving and contagious excitement in team settings.
Investing time and effort into a creative project is a wonderful approach to replenishing our inner stores. There’s a certain sense of pride in making something and then watching it take shape.
Experiencing growth and development in our creative endeavors can make us feel more at one with the world and our role in it. Introverts and persons with heightened sensitivities often find their social spark when they’re isolated.
Yet this does not imply that we generate social energy whenever we are by ourselves. What we do when we’re alone reveals a lot about our mental and emotional states.
We can reorient ourselves, boost our happiness, and recharge our batteries by engaging in creative pursuits like writing, cooking, playing music, drawing, playing, sculpting, improvising, gardening, crafts, etc., on a regular basis.
Exercise to recharge
I exercise to recharge. Maybe that’s cliché, but quiet time or listening to cathartic music while pushing all the stress from the week into strengthening myself helps me find balance.
We constantly take in our surroundings. We are sponges for experience and the energies around us. When I work out, I’m usually alone or only acting for myself. The world fades into the background.
Being social can be inherently draining for some people, especially when there is a lot of listening or heavy topics to discuss. I can take so much, especially for work, but at some point, I need to reverse the flow and push out feelings instead of taking them in from others.
There is a beautiful symmetry to finding this balance for yourself and feeling recharged by doing what feels right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my social battery is running low?
Some signs that your social battery might be running low include feeling fatigued or overwhelmed after social interactions, irritability or easily agitated when interacting with others, or a general feeling of social burnout. If you feel constantly drained or exhausted, it’s likely that your social battery is depleted.
How often should I recharge my social battery?
The frequency with which you recharge your social battery depends on your individual needs and preferences. Some people need to recharge more often than others, and it may also depend on the intensity of your social interactions. Listen to your body and pay attention to your energy levels to determine when you need to recharge.
Can I recharge my social battery while socializing?
Yes, it’s possible to recharge your social battery by pursuing activities you enjoy, meeting with people who energize you, or setting boundaries and taking breaks when needed. It’s important to prioritize your well-being and take care of yourself, even in social situations.
What if I’m an introvert or have social anxiety?
If you’re an introvert or have social anxiety, it’s especially important to take care of your social battery and recharge it when needed. Some ways to do this are:
Honoring your need for alone time: Don’t feel guilty about taking time to recharge your batteries.
Finding social activities that work for you: Look for smaller, more intimate social settings where you feel comfortable, such as one-on-one interactions or small gatherings.
Practicing self-compassion: Be kind to yourself and acknowledge that it’s okay to have different social needs than others.
Seeking support: Consider talking to a therapist or joining a support group to learn coping strategies and share with others who may have had similar experiences.
Can my social battery vary depending on the situation?
Yes. Your social battery can vary depending on the situation or the people you’re dealing with. For example, you may feel energized and engaged when spending time with close friends but drained and exhausted when attending a large party or networking event.
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