I'm a social introvert. AKA an introvert-who-actually-likes-people. AKA a walking contradiction.
And there are a whole bunch of specific problems that come with being a social introvert. i.e. going to a party, then running out of steam halfway through and needing to leave like, NOW.
Over the years, I've picked up a few tricks for dealing with the complexities of being both an introvert and socially-inclined. I've rounded them up in a list, in the hope that maybe they'll help you too.
1.Manage your expectations.
2.Get a planner and use it.
3.Know that it's OK to say no.
4.Establish what environments you like.
5.Practice your small talk.
6.And set up a buddy system if you're going somewhere that small talk is likely.
7.Don't be scared to take breaks when you need to.
8.Avoid coffee, or at least, try to cut down on it.