Introvert’s Guide to Con Survival

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Alone (Photo credit: ☺ Lee J Haywood)

This subject just came up on my Facebook wall. Only a few days ago, I was also discussing Con survival with my daughter, who is even more introverted than I am. She loves Anime Cons, but by the end of the weekend, she wants to barricade herself in her room until Wednesday. Since she’s homeschooled, currently that works okay. Many of us must get up on Monday morning and go to work or school as usual, though, and it’s good to not be a burned out mess. Here are some survival tips, gleaned from my Facebook wall and my own experience.

  • Schedule in down time before you get overloaded. Sometimes you can recharge your “people” batteries easier if you don’t let yourself become completely drained.
  • When you start to feel stressed, go take a solitary walk.
  • Find one friend to hang out with and decompress for a while.
  • Get a con buddy. This can be an extrovert who will interact with people enough for the both of you or another introvert with whom you can tag team and split up the socializing duties.
  • If you can afford it, get your own room instead of sharing, or share with one other person– preferably another introvert.
  • Make sure you get the down time you need. You’ll network better and have more fun if you’re not overwhelmed.

If you’re an introvert, how do you deal with conventions and other crowded social situations?

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