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How Introverts Can Boost Their Happiness With Self-Care

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20 January, 2023

The world seems made for extroverts, but introverts are more common than you may think. According to studies, they make up about 50% of the population. However, there aren’t many self-care services geared explicitly toward introverts. Instead, you can make your own way with the following tips from Imagine Living Solutions.

Say “No”

Introverts value their alone time, which means occasionally saying “no” to group activities. If well-meaning friends try to convince you to say “yes” despite your clear answer, you must set boundaries. Doing so may initially feel uncomfortable, but setting boundaries is essential to any healthy relationship. Know your limits and state them clearly so there’s no confusion or opportunity for argument.

Exercise Regularly

Did you know that physical activity can improve your mental health? Regular exercise can help you get better sleep, feel less anxious, and even boost your self-esteem.

Many introverts find gyms intimidating; if you fall into this category, exercise at home instead. You can get the same benefits with solo activities: 

  • Lift weights 
  • Jog 
  • Bike riding 

If you’re a busy professional, you can also squeeze in fitness by walking during your lunch break and taking the stairs instead of the elevator each day. 

Meditate Every Day 

Meditation is something you can easily do alone, and it offers many health benefits. You only need five to 10 minutes daily, and it’s easy to pick up. Many forms focus on breathing, as it helps you tune into your body’s rhythms. If you’re a beginner, you can use a guided meditation from the internet or an app. To get the most out of your practice, create a space of solitude at home so you can focus. 

Go After Your Dreams 

If you’re unhappy with your current job, it may be the perfect opportunity to return to school. For example, if you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference, you should consider studying life coaching. Some schools offer it as part of a psychology degree, while others provide a separate certificate. 

Online universities make obtaining a degree easier than ever, especially if you dislike crowded classrooms. Additionally, online courses may be cheaper and more convenient. As you look for the right program, consider the following: 

  • What does it cost? 
  • What do previous students say? 
  • Is the school accredited?

Talk To a Therapist 

If you’re struggling with your mental health, a therapist can help. With today’s technology, there are many places to find a mental health professional who specializes in the care you need: 

  • Religious organizations 
  • Recommendations from friends and family 
  • Referrals from your primary care physician 
  • University and company health departments

Dedicate Time to Your Hobbies 

Everyone needs something they do for the pure joy of it. Since there are many solo hobbies, all introverts can find activities that help them thrive: 

  • Learn to code 
  • Play a musical instrument 
  • Write poetry 
  • Garden 
  • Bake 

Spend Time Outdoors 

Being outside in nature can boost your mental health, and it’s an excellent opportunity for exercise. What if you live in a city without easy access to greenery? There are still ways to connect with nature: 

  • Get houseplants 
  • Visit a public park 
  • Create a windowsill herb garden
  • Take a trip to the beach or a national park 

Being an introvert in an extrovert’s world isn’t easy, but you can still be healthy and happy. All it takes is understanding yourself and making time for your needs. 

 

Imagine Living Solutions is a community-based organization serving at-risk demographics in New York State. For more information, please visit our website today!