We’ve all been there; we’re peacefully going about our business and generally feeling okay about life, and then WHAM, our introvert energy meter dips into the self-destruct zone.  This red zone is where fits of irrational anger, and tears occur.  It is also where our most unkind thoughts about ourselves and others dwell – definitely NOT a place we want to be!

In truth, there are usually warning signs that we are entering dangerously low energy levels.  Read on to discover the 8 sneaky signs that you are about to self-destruct.

1. Everything is irritating. Even people and activities you normally enjoy grate on your nerves.  

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2. You become very self-critical.  It’s like the little troll in your brain is working overtime to make you feel like crap.

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3. You start ruminating over something that happened a long time ago.

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4. You have ZERO TOLERANCE for small talk.  

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5. Your answers to questions become more and more incoherent.  Even you don’t know what you’re trying to say.

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6. Your personal space bubble keeps getting bigger.  Just brushing shoulders with someone feels like too much.

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7. You no longer have the energy to control your facial expressions, so you let your resting bitch face take over.  

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8. You start to believe that you are a horrible person and you will never be happy again.

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If you begin to see any of the above signs, run for cover, because you are about to self-destruct!  Do yourself and those around you a favor and find a quiet corner to recharge.  Sweet solitude is the only anecdote at this point.


How to deal

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