My husband and I live alone and are very introverted. We have very little social interaction apart from each other and often will go days without talking to anyone else because we work from home.
As a result, we are not accustomed to spending lots of time with other people. To give an idea, an hour or two of conversation is fine, 3-4 hours is pushing it and 5 becomes downright overwhelming. After this I would need a significant period of recovery (at least an hour, ideally two or three).
Nonetheless, we do have guests over to stay. Family members and friends from out of town. We want to see them and we enjoy talking to them and catching up. Recently, however, I have become overwhelmed with the level of social interaction these visits usually have. We had guests this weekend and they will be happy to sit and talk to us for 6 hours. I can, and do excuse myself and have a rest (my husband continues talking and his endurance is better than mine) but even then I can hear the talking and that doesn't help. I am currently exhausted from social interaction.
How do I go about explaining to my guests that I need a break or some alone time?