I’m pretty much the definition of an introvert. Being around people drains my energy, and too much stimulation leaves me feeling distracted and unfocused. I’m very self-aware, and I have a very small group of people I’m close to.
I crave my alone time. In fact, I need my alone time to be the best person I can be.
If I don’t have my required alone time, I get cranky and overwhelmed. I feel stressed and exhausted and can get quite agitated.
Over the years, I really learned to accept my introversion and take care of myself the way I need to. If you’re an introvert like me, keep reading for 6 self-care tips to help you recharge.
Self-Care Guide for Introverts
1. START YOUR DAY IN SOLITUDE
I know starting your day off in solitude might not always be practical, but how we start and end our day is crucial. The energy we start with helps set the tone for the entire day.
If I can, I like to start my day in a quiet space. I’ll listen to a positive affirmations audio on YouTube and do some yoga. By the end of my 15 minutes, I feel rejuvenated and energized.
When I’m calm and peaceful in the morning, I can carry that energy throughout the day.
2. LEARN TO SAY NO
We all have our limits, and it’s so important to learn what drains your energy.
Remember, you don’t have to go out every weekend. You don’t need to hangout if it’s going to cause you to feel uncomfortable and exhausted.
If you aren’t feeling it, you aren’t feeling it. Listen to your gut and don’t feel bad about saying no.
When someone wants to hangout and you don’t want to go, try saying no right away. I know you might feel bad, but there’s no point in making someone wait for an answer when you know the answer is no.
3. LEARN TO SAY YES
At the same time, you need to be social from time to time. It might be tempting to stay home every day, but the more you isolate the hardest it is to break that habit.
Spending time to by yourself can almost become addicting. Other people might exhaust you, and it doesn’t even feel worth the effort.
When someone invites you to do something that you know will completely drain your energy, suggest an alternative activity that you feel comfortable with instead. For example, instead of going out to eat a restaurant, suggest ordering takeout and watching Netflix at home instead.
If you do say yes to something that is going to be draining for you, make sure you have plenty of time to recharge afterwards. Clear your schedule for some quiet alone time.
4. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR NEEDS
When you do go out, pay attention to how you’re feeling. Check-in with yourself throughout the day and night to see how you’re feeling.
You might start to feel exhausted, have a headache, and feel grumpy. When you start feeling this way, it might be time to cut the night short and schedule in some “me” time.
It’s so important to set those boundaries for yourself and honor these feelings. When you feel stressed, you could be compromising your immune system and make yourself sick.
5. KNOW WHAT RECHARGES YOU
What might recharge extroverts might not be the same thing that recharges you. For example, an extrovert might recharge by going out to a sports bar with some friends. An introvert, on the other hand, might recharge with some alone time and a good book.
Also, keep in mind that just because you might like something doesn’t necessarily mean it recharges your batteries as much as alone time will.
I love movies and TV shows so much that I could watch them all day long. However, technology is very stimulating and not very peaceful for your brain.
If you need help slowing down, Slow it Down is a class about slowing down and simplifying your life. It teaches you about letting the stresses of the world go. It’s a chance to start fresh, simplify, and declutter.
6. SPEND TIME IN NATURE
I might be biased here, but I truly believe that spending time in nature is a crucial element of self-care for introverts. Nothing fills me with as much calm and peace as nature does.
Some of my favorite ways:
- lay in the grass and read a book
- do yoga in the sunlight
- go for a walk around the neighborhood
- ride your bike around town
The best part is spending time in nature is free. Plus, you don’t have to plan for it. You can literally just step outside your house and enjoy the rejuvenating benefits of the outdoors.