An Introvert’s Guide To Self Care
The stresses of life are real. Work, school, kids, or any number of other stressors can be a plague on your emotional an physical well being. Because many introverts are uncomfortable with large groups of people, or simply people they don’t know, some of the more common places we look to for self care can be more stressful than helpful. The spa, the gym, the mall, and nice restraints can sometimes be a challenge if you’ve already had a stressful day. That’s why I’ve giving you an introvert’s guide to self care.
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Create a Meditation Space
Meditation offers a wide array of benefits. From controlling anxiety to lengthening your attention span, and everything in between. The best part about meditation for introverts is that it involves quite alone time and reflection. It also only requires nothing more than a quiet space, so there is no bulky equipment or expensive training. Creating a meditation space can be fun as well. Mine has a bean bag, a shag rug, and a speaker for listening to relaxing music. Yours might be totally different, and that’s okay, as long as its a space that helps you relax.
Have a Spa Day at Home
This is my absolute favorite self care practice. Turn on the essential oil diffuser, throw on a face mask, and read a book (or binge watch Netflix, or whatever else helps you relax). Relaxation improves your overall health by lowering blood pressure, slowing your heart rate and improving digestion. It can also improve sleep quality, and reduce anger and frustration – and it has the added bonus of being enjoyable.
Ideas for Spa Day:
- Give yourself a Mani-Pedi
- Use foot booties to moisturize
- Put on a hair mask
- Use a sheet mask for your face
- Place cucumbers or cooling pads over your eyes
- Wear a Robe around the house
- If your feeling extra adventurous you could even hire a masseuse to come to your house.
Exercise is important for both physical and mental health, but the gym can be uninviting and intimidating. Doing yoga at home can be a great alternative to going out to the gym. It’s a great solo exercise, and it doesn’t require investing in bulky equipment. It also has the added benefit of being relaxing and improving your mental and physical flexibility.
Take A Bath
Another one of my favorites. Taking a nice hot bath is a wonderful way to destress. It relaxes your muscles, soothes irritated skin, and can even burn a few calories. So light a few candles, bust out the Epsom salts and essential oils and relax.
Keep A Journal
Writing everyday helps to keep your mind sharp. It also gives you a healthy arena to air your grievances with the world, and to set future goals and plans. You can set up a journal however you like, you can just write what you feel each day, or you can use a journal with prompts to help guide you. My personal journal is somewhere between a scrapbook, a planner, and a reflection journal. I personally prefer a large unlined leather journal, this gives me the freedom to draw, paste in pictures, and outline a schedule that works for me. Journaling is all about preference, it’s all yours, so whatever you are comfortable with is the way to go.