Sometimes, you need to take care of yourself so you hurt less and shine brighter.
YES. I have been feeling more introverted yet simultaneously have been a lot more verbal about stuff that bothers me. But I simply call out their -isms (or whatever) and whenever they retort and I see no reasoning with them I just say stern and clear ‘NO, I do not want to participate in this conversation.’ It always shuts people up here. It’s a really small thing to do, which hardly takes any energy yet it makes me feel so much better than shutting up.