Introversion is my favorite personality trait. I am introspective, thoughtful and reflective. So much so that I often need alone time to recharge my batteries. This blog post will be about the importance of taking time for yourself, how to enjoy your own company as an introvert and why you might need a break from social media or other distractions sometimes!
Taking Time for Yourself is so Important
It’s absolutely vital to have regular breaks during the day, such as taking a walk at lunchtime or doing some deep breathing exercises before bed. This will help you feel more refreshed and mentally alert when it’s time to do work again. “You know that exercise makes your body strong, and deep breathing makes your lungs strong. When you feel stressed, exercise or do deep breathing to help release the stress.”
It’s also important for introverts to take some time away from family, friends or coworkers. This is where “alone” doesn’t mean lonely! It means enjoying a little solitude in order to recharge your mental energy so you can be better prepared to face the world.
Working in an Office Environment as an Introvert
Working in an office environment might present some challenges for introverts because they thrive on solitude. But there are ways you could make it work, such as setting up your desk so that it’s not at a table with coworkers and wearing headphones if noise is distracting. You should also take short breaks during the day to get a drink, go for a walk or chat with your colleagues.
Tips for being an introvert in an office environment:
- Set up your desk so that it’s not at a table with coworkers
- Wear headphones if noise is distracting
- Take short breaks during the day to get a drink, go for walk or chat with colleagues
Will your colleagues think you’re rude? You might need to explain that you’re an introvert and why taking time for yourself is so important. If someone at work starts a conversation with you, try not to cut it short unless there’s something really urgent. But be polite, smile, and say “hello” in return!
The fact is that we can’t always be productive when we’re surrounded by people all the time and it’s important to take some downtime every now and then! “In order to climb up one step on life’s ladder, you must first take one step down.”
Spending Quality Time Alone
As an introvert, spending quality time alone is an important part of your life. It’s a chance to reconnect with yourself and recharge after being out in the world.
Some of the awesome alone-time activities introverts might enjoy include:
- Taking a bubble bath with candles lit or some other form of relaxation
- Sitting in your favorite reading spot with a good book and/or cup of tea
- Watching TV without interruption (this could be for an hour, half the day, whatever suits you)
- Playing video games on your own terms (actually, this might be one of the best things to do for introverts!)
- Reading a book in public (perhaps try reading outside)
- Taking your dog on walks without distractions from other people
- Making time for hobbies, whatever they may be. You know what you like!
It’s Important to Occasionally Take a Break From Different Activities
Why you need a break from social media or other distractions sometimes? Social media can be addictive and might make you feel bad about yourself or your life if it’s full of people with more exciting lives than yours
Other forms of social media, such as texting, video chat or even playing games on the phone/computer for long periods of time can also make you feel like there’s never enough time to do everything you want
It can be difficult for introverts to deal with many people at once, which is something social media/texting often entails. This might make them feel overwhelmed or drained of energy
Too much stimulation from other sources such as TV, entertainment, and even the news can leave someone feeling exhausted and unenergized.
Social media can make you feel like your life isn’t going anywhere or that something is wrong with it if there’s nothing every day to show for it
It might not be enough just to log off and do other things, but a complete break from social media and other distractions sometimes could be the key to happiness!
Ways to Put Yourself Out There as an Introver
You can make time for people by scheduling things in advance. It might be easier to plan one event at a time rather than doing everything all the time (this is about quality, not quantity)
If you’re going out with friends and there are large groups of people everywhere, spend more time on your own wandering around or find a quieter area where there’s less of a crowd
Open up about being an introvert and why it’s so important for you to take time out. This might make people more understanding!
How to meet other introverts:
- Introverts tend to prefer smaller groups or one-on-one chats
- You can also get involved in social media pages for introverts and meet people this way! There are plenty of opportunities online to talk about your interests with likeminded individuals
Strengths of Being an Introvert
Being an introvert can be a strength because it means you’re self-sufficient and enjoy solitude. It’s important to take time for yourself because it’ll make your interactions with others more enriched!
Strengths that introverts have include:
- Being more observant and detail-oriented
- Noticing things other people miss or letting their minds wander to great places without being distracted by others
- Good listeners who don’t interrupt, but rather listen with intent and take the time to fully understand what someone is saying before responding. This might make them very good friends!
- Good at time management and not wasting their precious hours
In conclusion, being an introvert doesn’t mean you don’t like to spend time with others. It just means that spending a lot of time alone is enjoyable for you, and sometimes it’s necessary in order to recharge your batteries! Spending time alone doesn’t make you bored or unfulfilled. In fact, it should be a part of your routine so that when you’re socializing with others, the experience is more fulfilling and enjoyable for everyone involved!