I am so excited to feature a guest writer on the blog! Mental health is very important to me and I want to be able to provide tools and tips to anyone who may be struggling. I want to continue to break the taboo on discussing mental health topics, especially after the last few years and my personal journey with anxiety and seeing the toll other diseases can have on people.
About the writer: Every suicide is preventable. After losing her younger brother to suicide, Melissa Howard felt compelled to create Stop Suicide. By providing helpful resources and articles on her website, she hopes to build a lifeline of information. Melissa went to school at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and currently works as an executive assistant.
Read on for 7 Essential Self-Care Strategies for Introverts!
As an introvert, you must allow yourself to recharge and take breaks from socializing. While extroverts thrive off spending most of their waking hours with other people and producing as much as they possibly can, introverts must prioritize solitude to maintain quality of life.
There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert or an extrovert, but it’s essential to identify the differences so that you can take the steps necessary to foster your health and wellbeing. Below, Melissa Howard shares seven self-care strategies to help you flourish as an introvert!
Pursue your goals
Being introverted does not mean that you should be passive when chasing your dreams. Say, for example, you have wanted to return to school for a degree. You can do that from the comfort of your own home! By enrolling in an online college, you can study at your own pace and earn a business degree in IT management, marketing, business management, or any number of other fields.
Say “no” more often
All people are not introverts, so some of your friends and acquaintances may not understand when you don’t feel like doing something or when you are overextending yourself.
Stop feeling guilty about saying no to people. Be intentional with your commitments to leave room for self-care and other opportunities that you may find more enjoyable.
Stop comparing yourself to others
If you compare yourself to extroverted friends or relatives, stop doing so immediately! We tend to compare our worst qualities with other people’s best qualities, which means we cannot make an objective comparison.
Plus, you undoubtedly have unique strengths and needs that other people do not have, so it will do no good to compare yourself to people who have different gifting.
Carve in time to recharge
Recharging is critical when you are an introvert, so you have to make time for it if you want it to happen. If you don’t recharge, you will eventually burn out and become overwhelmed by life’s day-to-day.
Mark self-care routines in your calendar and treat them like a meeting, assignment, or doctor’s appointment. These self-care activities should be non-negotiable and provide you a moment to be in solitude.
Spend time in solitude
Speaking of solitude, consider beginning your day with a few moments of quiet. Brew a cup of coffee, sit in your most comfortable chair, and enjoy the silence, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Try to do this for 15 to 20 minutes before you lie down to sleep, and you might find that your mind becomes calm and you get more restful sleep.
The benefits of spending time outdoors are wide-ranging and completely free. Make time to go for a walk through your neighborhood, rest on a patch of grass in your backyard, read a book under a shady tree, practice backyard yoga, or do any number of outdoor activities that you enjoy.
Try to get quality time in nature at least a few times a week. It will do wonders for boosting your mood, reducing your stress, and improving your overall wellbeing.
Take a break from electronics
Our lives are so stimulated these days by electronic screens. Chances are you have a smartphone, and you may even have a laptop and tablet that you use daily. Worse, overstimulation doesn’t stop after we get home from work.
Be conscious of how much time you spend watching TV and browsing the web, and try to unplug for at least a few hours each day. You might find that you sleep better, are less agitated, and generally have a more positive attitude about life!
You don’t need to socialize and produce as extroverts do. As an introvert, you must consider your own needs and desires in your everyday routine. Consider the self-care strategies above as you begin to make adjustments that could vastly improve your health, wellbeing, and quality of life!
Check out Melissa Howard’s website full of so many resources for mental health and suicide prevention: https://stopsuicide.info/