Anyone would benefit from giving themselves permission to do less, but introverts—especially highly sensitive ones—process their surroundings very deeply and can become overstimulated easily as a result. In fact, too much of it can lead to mental and physical symptoms. We require plenty of time to recover from this heightened state and reflect on our experiences. If we get into the habit of doing, doing, doing, we’re depriving ourselves of that vital recharge time. Instead, I propose that the secret to “success” isn’t sleeping less and doing more. The secret is simplifying.
Growing up as the only introvert in a house full of extraverts was hard, and I couldn’t wait to move out. I felt so different from the rest of my household, and I thought that I was wrong.