Introverts are known for spending a lot of time inside our head. We have a mind that is constantly humming with ideas, and dreams. Often, our thoughts get so loud that we don’t notice anything else, including our own body.
We are like bodiless brains that float around on a hovercraft of thoughts. That sounds like fun, but there are side-effects to the constant disconnect between body and mind.
Loss of intuition
We’ve all heard the saying “I felt it in my gut.” Well, when we are detached from our gut and the rest of our body, we don’t feel anything except the weight of our own thoughts. We become so reliant on the supposedly rational mind, that we forget how to tap into our intuition. As Albert Einstein put it:
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”.
Our mind is rarely content with the present moment. It likes to dwell in the past or future where longing, regret, and worry reign supreme.
Always being inside our head means that we are never in the present moment. The Now is where true connection, joy, and peace reside. We are most present when we are fully in our bodies, feeling every sensation and noticing what’s happening around us.
Our brain is a valuable part of our being. There is no denying that. But when we use it in isolation from the rest of our body, we risk mental exhaustion.
One of the biggest sources of introvert energy drain is our thoughts. If the little hamster never rests, neither do we. If your brain is extra busy right before bed, you’ll know what I mean.
How to restore and reconnect
One of the best ways to reconnect and prevent mental burnout is through grounding. My friend, energy alchemist and Body Talk therapist Alexa Linton, explains:
“If you are a worrier, learning to ground is a powerful way to get into your body and out of your head. My favourite way to ground is to imagine I am a tree with deep and powerful roots right down into the earth. As soon as I imagine that, my energy has shifted from being entirely in my head, like a swarm of bees, to in my body where I can use it to be aware of something vitally important – the breath. Your breath is an essential tool in shifting worry and stopping the drain.”
To learn more tools for restoration, visit Alexa Linton’s website.