Self care is a very important subject and one that often gets little to no attention. People are so busy taking care of others and getting things done that need to be done, that they forget about themselves. I personally feel that self care is something that needs to be done too though, it’s not a luxury. We all need to take care of ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally. There’s just no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. I can personally vouch that introverts in particular need to take better care of themselves. A lot of us don’t take the proper methods to nurture our specific personality type. We’re so busy trying to keep up appearances in this very extroverted world that we often overextend ourselves, but that needs to change. In fact, it’s essential. So here I’ve compiled a list of five self care tips for introverts.
1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO
One of the main issues that introverts face is pretending that we want to do something that we really don’t in an effort not to offend someone or come off as stuck up. Here’s the thing though, sometimes we NEED to say no. Overstimulation is a very real issue that introverts face and it is very important not to put your body through so much turmoil. So when you feel that your body and mind simply can’t take another outing, no matter how small, then don’t do it. Our bodies are constantly communicating with us, don’t wait until it’s too late to listen. Take the time you need to recharge. (Want a fun checklist for mental recharge essentials? Receive one when you subscribe to our newsletter!)
2. MAKE TIME FOR PEOPLE
On the other side of the coin, it is very important that introverts do say “yes” some of the time. Introverts don’t have to be hermits just because they get their energy from being on their own. It can be quite easy to lose yourself in the comfort of being alone and that can be just as bad as overextending yourself. It’s up to you as an individual to determine what time should be spent with others and what time should be spent alone, but definitely keep in mind that we do need to be around people sometimes.
3. ACCEPT YOUR INTROVERSION
I know that it can be tough to accept your introversion especially with how we’re sometimes portrayed, but honestly being an introvert is nothing to be ashamed of. At one time, I thought that being an introvert was bad too, but it’s only because I was miseducated. I recommend that people who identify as introverts and see that as a bad thing actually read up on what introversion really is. You’d be surprised at how wrong you were to begin with. It’s very important that you learn about introversion and then ACCEPT that you are an introvert. Acceptance is key because when you don’t accept your introversion, you don’t accept yourself and self acceptance is essential to a happy life.
4. JOURNAL YOUR THOUGHTS
Introverts are notorious for keeping their thoughts to themselves. We don’t share what’s been on our minds with just anybody. I even find myself not talking to those closest to me about what’s been on my mind. And that’s completely OK. It’s not necessary to talk about every little thing with someone. A lot of times you’re just as happy to keep it inside. Sometimes though, when we don’t get enough of our thoughts out, our minds can become cluttered and anxiety can set in.
This is where writing down your thoughts can come in handy. I personally like a plain black journal and then I spice it up with fun colored pens, but you can use whatever you want! You could even write on a piece of paper towel if you wanted to. And when you write, you can say WHATEVER you want and whether or not someone sees it is completely up to you. You’ll find that once you get those thoughts out of your head, a feeling of relief and satisfaction begins to wash over you. That’s the power of journaling.
5. GO OUT BY YOURSELF
Just because you want to go out, it doesn’t mean that other people have to be involved. Maybe you want to go out, but you still want to be alone. Do it! It’s good for introverts to go out and enjoy themselves solo sometimes. It brings about a certain feeling of independence and confidence that you just wouldn’t get in a group setting. So go see that movie that you wanted see. Maybe go for a nice leisurely bike ride around your neighborhood. And if you’re particularly brave? Go to your favorite restaurant one deep.
So those were 5 self care tips that I think introverts would benefit from. Have any more ideas for self care? Comment them down below!
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