Updated: Sep 7
Despite the fact that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, everyone deserves to care for their body, mind, and soul, including introverts. In fact, quieter people often put others' needs before their own and therefore are more likely to need a little self-care from time to time. Here are a few self-care tips for introverts in Longwood to consider.
Only Positive Vibes At Home
Keeping personal environments calm is especially important when you work from your Longwood home. Clutter can gradually expand and take over entire rooms without your being aware of it. So, make a point of having a place for every item in your home to live and restore order regularly by putting things away and getting rid of what you don't need. Forget what you've heard about mess and creativity. Personal spaces should be serene and ordered for both maximum relaxation and great productivity, especially for introverts.
The Need to Socialize
Isolating from others is especially tempting for introverts who often find themselves drained by being around other people. This is a particular problem if you're working from home and only connecting with co-workers remotely. Make a point of putting your work away at the end of the day and seeing your family and friends. Socialization grounds us, and it's especially important in times of stress or confusion. But introverts need to balance social time with the essential alone time that restores them.
The Quiet Strength of Yoga
Many people find yoga practice soothing, and it works well for introverts too. Classes tend to be quiet journeys to find inner strength. It can be comforting to work on poses in tandem with others following their own journeys, but social interaction during class is not typical, and yoga instructors generally like to keep things calm. Exercise has healing properties and can help anyone cope with the stresses of modern living. Walking outdoors may seem basic, but many introverts find this simple activity restorative and refreshing.
In short, keep moving, but keep in mind that exercise offers the greatest benefits when you're doing what you love, whether it's yoga practice, dancing, or walking in nature a few times a week.
When to Ask for Help
Most of us become overwhelmed by stress and anxiety at least once in our lives. While you're working hard at self-care, you should know when to seek professional help. And it's never been easier to access mental health services, whether it's as a stopgap or a temporary boost, or to augment your own efforts in self-care. Many therapists now work virtually with patients over communication platforms like Zoom. Online therapy is convenient, secure, private, and less of a commitment than in-person therapy. It can also be less costly. Introverts need to take care to find the right therapist for their particular personality and circumstances. Fortunately, many online therapy services allow for quick "trial run" consultations to help patients find the best match.
If you would like to learn more about self-care for introverts, get in touch with the yoga experts at Lupa Fitness Den, which offers online boutique virtual fitness and wellness coaching via Zoom and Facebook Live so you can practice from anywhere. Not only is the practice of yoga a physical release, but it can also calm a busy mind, center a wandering spirit, and build mental strength for the challenges ahead.
Author: Melissa Howard