3 Easy and Effective Self-Care Tips for Introverts
by Melissa Howard
This year has challenged all of us in unexpected ways, but introverts are really feeling the heavy burden of isolation and distancing. Self-care is one of the most effective ways to manage the negative impact of quarantine; but, sadly, it is also one of the least used strategies.
For some reason, many people have been taught that self-care is selfish or egotistical. In fact, most people in Western cultures often measure worth by how much we have to sacrifice. But adhering to that definition can actually hold us back from feeling a sense of purpose and meaning— two things vital for introverts to feel healthy and whole.
Are you looking for new ways to create self-care routines and habits? Look no further than these four easy-to-implement suggestions that you can try today, from Psychology on Hay.
Track Your Fitness Journey
Tracking your health and well-being can help introverts who enjoy solo workouts stay committed to their fitness goals. Tracking water, sleep, menstrual cycles, and other aspects of health and fitness can help you stay accountable to yourself. There are plenty of useful free fitness tracker apps, such as MyFitnessPal and SparkPeople, that allow you to track progress on your phone. But if you really want to prioritize your fitness self-care activities, look into smartwatches like:
Apple Watch SE: Exercise alone safely with great safety features like fall detection and emergency SOS.
Garmin: Feel confident on a solo run with automatic emergency contact features.
Fitbit: Uses incident detection to send an SMS with your name and location to an emergency contact.
Depending on the model, the cost of a smartwatch can be prohibitive. Fortunately, there are seasonal, holiday, and limited-time sales on a variety of devices if you know where to look.
Make Meal Prep Easy
Save time and money and explore new healthy recipes by ordering your next dinner from a meal delivery service. Cooking is a calming and meditative self-care strategy that many introverts adore. If you want to connect with others, many of the most popular meal delivery companies have Facebook groups and other forums where users can connect and share recipes. If you want to improve your mental and physical health through cooking try:
Marley Spoon: For the gourmand who is looking to expand their culinary palate.
The Change Box: For vegans and vegetarians, or carnivores looking to explore simple, fast, and plant-based meals.
The Organic Place: For organic and holistic fruits, vegetables, meats, and pantry groceries.
Limit Social Media and Mindless Scrolling
It’s easy for introverts who feel trapped to find a social outlet through networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tik Tok, Snapchat, and more. But mindlessly scrolling through these sites can actually have an adverse effect on our overall well-being—especially for kids and teens. Be sure to limit you and your family’s exposure to the dark side of social media by trying some more productive activities like:
Take a Nature Walk: Explore the world around you by going on a nature scavenger hunt in your own backyard.
Practice a New Skill: Knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, making birdhouses, painting, playing an instrument—learning something new can benefit your mind and body.
Dig In and Declutter: Simply putting down your phone and taking the time to tidy up can do wonders to your home environment.
Meditate to Relax: Instead of spending time on social media, tune in to Psychology on Hay’s livestream meditations.
Studies have shown that self-care can reduce anxiety, boost productivity, improve and stabilize mood, fire up your immune system, and lower stress. For introverts struggling with self-care, it can be hard to know when you need to refuel. Self-care allows you to feel lighter, less burdened, which allows you to feel less drained when you have to deal with the outside world. It won’t happen overnight, but self-care is like building muscle—you have to work it for a bit to see improvement.