Self-care is such a misunderstood concept. If you’re an introvert, you may be used to being misunderstood as well, but the fact is that you need self-care to truly thrive — and even survive — in life. Self-care is the most effective way to reduce stress in your life and reduce stress-related issues that can impact your quality of life and your overall health. It can also help introverts recharge after social situations. Below are some of the best ways that you can begin incorporating more self-care into your regular health and wellness habits.
Find a Fitness Routine That Will Provide Some Alone Time
When you’re an introvert, working out in a crowded gym can be overwhelming. Still, getting enough exercise is one of the most basic self-care steps you can take to improve your well-being and your overall health. So, how can you stay in shape without having to socialize? By looking for solo workouts that you can complete all on your own, such as running, swimming, or cycling. Working out alone can have some serious benefits anyhow, like limiting distractions and allowing you to work at your own pace. If you choose to exercise alone, you should also think about picking up a smartwatch or a fitness tracker, and you should look for one with enhanced safety features. For instance, Series 4 Apple Watches feature a fall detection system that will alert your emergency contacts and emergency services if you have an accident. Of course, these smartwatches, including Samsung’s smartwatch, can also monitor your vitals and track your fitness progress, in addition to having SOS features to keep you safe.
Search for Self-Care Solutions for Your Mental Health
Taking better care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your body, especially when it comes to self-care. Some mental health self-care strategies include starting a journaling practice, reducing toxic relationships, and even taking a mental health day off from work, but many physical self-care practices can help boost your emotional well-being too. For example, practicing yoga has been shown to help improve feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Attending classes can be a great way for beginners to get familiar with poses, and quiet and calm are essential for any yoga class. So, even though you may be surrounded by people, you should still be able to feel relaxed.
If the cost of yoga classes has you stressed, you should check to see if your healthcare plan may help with those expenses. For instance, many Humana Medicare Advantage plans offer extended benefits, such as wellness programs that may include yoga classes, in addition to dental, vision, and prescription coverage that can help older introverts properly manage their health and their overall sense of wellness.
Stop Feeling Selfish About Taking Time to Care for Yourself
If you need time to yourself in order to recharge and feel refreshed, you should know that research backs up your self-care preferences. While social connections are important for well-being, researchers have found that most people prefer some alone time when it comes to recovering from stress. That time can be spent reading a book, listening to music, or simply vegging out on the couch, but solitude has a way of freeing your emotions and reducing your worries. Spending time alone outside can also melt away feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety, so if you need a major break, consider going for a hike. So long as you take the proper safety precautions, hitting some trails solo can provide some mood-boosting physical activity and an unparalleled opportunity for mindfulness. In fact, many hikers compare the feeling of hiking alone to practicing meditation, which has its own benefits for emotional well-being. Try doubling up on the healing effects of nature by stopping for a meditation session outdoors.
If you’re taking time for yourself as an introvert, you’re already creating your own self-care routine. Just be sure to spend some of that time on health-boosting, productive practices, like solo exercise, healthy hobbies, or even outdoor time. That way, you can revitalize your mind and body, as you recharge your introverted soul.
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