It’s Easier to Prevent Than Recover

Ben Franklin wasn’t kidding when he said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Last month, I went on a hike that shouldn’t have been particularly grueling, but was much hotter than anticipated. Hours later, I was still feeling dehydrated and flat — a body response that was vastly disproportionate to my perceived exertion.

A microbiologist friend shared this advice:


This has been rattling around in my brain ever since, and over time it’s merged with discussions I’ve had with Ben Woelk about introversion. For me, full-scale multi-day social engagement is not unlike dehydration. It’s easier to prevent through scheduled downtime than it is to recover after the fact.

Because I didn’t take preventive downtime, the week after STC Summit was a slow recovery week for me, and I could almost feel those millions of tiny little machines restarting.

This is a good lesson that I’d be wise to keep in mind. For my next conference, I’ll make downtime and hydration a dual prevention priority to keep my body and mind healthy as I travel.

What are your techniques for preventing introvert burnout?

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