I was driving to a conference this weekend and listening to Growing Bolder on the radio.
The guest being interviewed was Sophia Dembling. She has written a new book entitled, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World. It was a very interesting interview and there was one particular topic that really stood out for me.
She stated that extroverts not only crave social interaction but are also energized by it. Introverts may like social interaction but are drained by it. Introverts will need some alone time to recharge.
Maybe this solves the mystery of why I am usually tired. My job, a job I love, involves at least 40 hours a week of social interaction. I fake being an extrovert pretty well, but it is exhausting. So maybe I do not need blood work, a special diet, or more supplements. I just need to figure out how to fake being energized while pretending to be an extrovert.
There are plenty of reasons people say that you should not drink coffee at all. It is addictive. It can increase anxiety and stress hormones. It creates an artificial high that leads into a crash. It stains our teeth. It can negatively affect blood sugar levels.
Knowing all of that, I still love my joe. It does have antioxidants. It can increase alertness and metabolism, perhaps only short term, but it works. It can help headaches and dilates airways. Maybe that is why it is found in medications. There are studies that found that it may help to prevent some illnesses, such as cancer and type II diabetes. As I described in a previous post, I am usually tired. Even with coffee, I sometimes have to use tools that I learned playing sports to jazz myself up to be productive. Instead doing sprints at the end of practice, I am finishing up paperwork.
A few years ago I literally fell asleep standing up. After laughing at myself and saying a prayer of thanks for not falling over or having a co-worker catch me, I thought maybe it’s time to go to a doctor. I have had 2 thyroid ultrasounds, a CT scan, and with one more blood test, I get one for free. And the winner is…..nope, nothing, fit as a fiddle. My sugar is 80, my cholesterol is 145. My vitamin D is a little low but an over-the-counter supplement is all I need. Continue reading