Have you ever been聽so drained after a long networking event or an聽unforgettable beach vacation聽with friends that you literally felt ill or totally sapped of energy? Well, it turns out you鈥檙e not totally crazy. The 鈥渋ntrovert hangover鈥 is 100 percent legitimate and can happen when you haven鈥檛 had an adequate amount of downtime to recharge. To get the scoop on how to help yourself feel better when you鈥檙e exhausted from too much socializing, we talked with Mary Beth Somich, a North Carolina-based counselor. Scroll on for five tips you can use to regulate your energy reserves while enjoying all of your social obligations. You鈥檒l be back to聽your healthiest self in no time.

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1. Give yourself permission to leave early.聽Mary Beth says, 鈥淎s long as it鈥檚 acceptable and respectful at the time, or sometimes even when it鈥檚 not (if you feel that sense of introvert-claustrophobia), give yourself permission to leave the social situation.鈥 You might need a few moments alone or to head home. Either way, go with your gut when you start feeling like it鈥檚 too much. Simply exit the social situation and find a place to be with yourself.

2. Practice deep breathing.聽Breathing is an especially important exercise if you begin to experience physical symptoms like the ones that Shawna Courter describes in a post on Introvert, Dear. She writes, 鈥淵our ears might ring, your eyes start to blur and you feel like you鈥檙e going to hyperventilate. Maybe your palms sweat. And then your mind feels like it kind of shuts down, building barriers around itself as if you had been driving on a wide open road, and now you鈥檙e suddenly driving in a narrow tunnel.鈥 Yikes. That鈥檚 the worst kind of introvert hangover.

Mary Beth agrees with the importance of breathing when you start having physical reactions to too much people-time. 鈥淏reathing helps regulate the nervous system and inhibits stress-producing hormones,鈥 she explains. 鈥淏reathing deeply for five to 10 minutes can significantly help you ease stress, anxiety and begin to recharge when you鈥檙e feeling overly drained.鈥

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3. Say no to new commitments.聽鈥淚f you think you might have an introvert hangover, it鈥檚 important to stop running on empty,鈥 Mary Beth advises. 鈥淲hile social obligations might continue to pile high, just saying 鈥榥o鈥 and setting limits can be a healthy and ultimately more productive choice.鈥 Before you RSVP 鈥測es鈥 next time, check your calendar to make sure you鈥檒l have ample down time to recover between events.

4. Practice awareness.聽If you know that you鈥檙e an introvert and could become overwhelmed in certain social situations, Mary Beth suggests training yourself to be more aware and mindful of your thoughts and physical feelings. 鈥淵ou can feel more prepared heading into a social situation when you know your limits and where you鈥檙e at,鈥 she says. Being aware of how you feel when you鈥檙e reaching your limit (like a major headache or tight chest) will give聽you time to say goodbye to your friends and leave before you鈥檙e just done.

5. Cut yourself some slack. Just because you鈥檙e an introvert or experience a social hangover definitely doesn鈥檛 mean that you鈥檙e not fun or you鈥檙e terrible at being with people. Mary Beth says, 鈥淩esearch has actually shown that introverts benefit from more valuable one-on-one conversations than extroverts do. They also tend to be better listeners and judges of social situations.鈥 Everyone鈥檚 different and has their own set of social strengths, so give yourself a break while you perfect using yours.

Are you an introvert? Have you experienced a social 鈥渉angover?鈥 Tell us what makes you feel better聽@BritandCo!

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