Hey there friends! Today I have a guest post for you, just in time for the busiest week of the holiday season! Melissa Howard from the Suicide Prevention website is here to share some tips for introverts like us to take care of ourselves.
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Introverts make up between 25 and 40 percent of the population, and they focus more on their internal feelings than on external stimulation. They value time alone to rest and recharge, and being with people can often be very exhausting. Nothing makes an introvert happier than the solitude of a cup of tea and a good book. If you’re an introvert, don’t get overwhelmed; instead, discover the best self-care for your body and mind.
Schedule Your Self-Care
There are endless demands on our time and energy, whether from work, social engagements, or investing time in our loved ones. Introverts need time alone to recharge, so don’t overlook your self-care, and schedule rest time each day. For instance, taking some time for yourself at the beginning and end of every day is a great way to relax and recharge. Think about the activities you find the most relaxing, like reading, drinking coffee on the deck, listening to a podcast, or taking a bath. Plan to do at least two of these activities each and every day.
Revisit your Healthcare Coverage
Both your physical and mental health affects your overall well-being. Whether you’re in your 20s or in your 80s, it’s important to take a look at your healthcare coverage and make sure it’s still the best plan for you. If you’re a senior, going for regular checkups, as well as looking after your vision and hearing, is crucial when it comes to self-care.
Read a Book
Nothing can compare to curling up with a great book, and many introverts love to read. Books have the power to transport you to another time and place, and take your mind off the stressors of the day. Non-fiction books, for example, are a great way to learn, and introverts enjoy a good balance between fiction and non-fiction books.
Put Pen to Paper
Journaling is another great self-care practice for introverts. Freeing yourself from expectations, you can express yourself and write down anything you want to get out of your head. Introverts aren’t as vocal as extroverts, and they tend to overthink things. Finding a pen and paper and writing down all the thoughts racing through your mind is a great way to let go of these thoughts. Externalizing the thoughts will also help you see things from a new perspective and gain insight into the problems you’re trying to solve. You can journal at the beginning of the day, setting positive intentions for yourself, or journal in the evening to release the stress from the day.
You don’t have to join an aerobics class to get active, and physical activity can be a time for you to be alone and recharge. Moving your body releases neurotransmitters like serotonin and endorphins that make you feel good. Exercise also enhances blood circulation and improves physical and mental health. Find an activity that makes you the happiest, whether that’s going for a run in the park, doing yoga in your living room, or watching a video workout routine. If you want some extra motivation, consider investing in a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Devices like the FitBit or Apple Smartwatch can track workouts, steps, and heart rate; the Apple series 4 and up also include safety functions in the event you’re somewhere alone and need assistance.
Like journaling, meditation allows you to look inward and focus on yourself. Meditation is a tool to overcome negative thoughts and practice self-acceptance. Through meditation, you can quiet the mind, let go of any stressful encounters you had earlier in the day, and pay attention to what your body needs and wants. It’s a chance to develop your intuition, stop over-analyzing, and get out of your head to reconnect with yourself.
If you’re an introvert, practicing self-care will help you rest and recharge, as well as help you become fully engaged in the other activities of your day. So, grab a book and a cup of tea, and spend 30 minutes on yourself. You deserve it!
What do you think about these guest posts? Are you an introvert like me? If so, what are some of your favorite ways to keep from getting overwhelmed over the holidays?
This is a guest post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.