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How Introverts Can Practice Self-Care

Updated: Feb 10

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How Introverts Can Practice Self-Care

Being an introvert comes with lots of great benefits. Introverts are independent for the

most part. They’re not clingy and are inclined to be polite and considerate to others. And

because introverts spend a lot of time on their own, they’re usually quite clever and

creative. Introverts take their time beginning a project but they’re careful and deliberate

in executing it, which makes them great leaders. And introverts are really good at

blocking out distractions so they can excel at solitary endeavors like writing and painting.

But introverts need to be alone to recharge after being in social situations. Many people

are often surprised when they find out someone is an introvert after seeing them socially.

But that’s because introverts are pretty good at being sociable. They don't dislike being

around people, they just need time to regroup afterward. That’s why it’s important for

introverts to learn to practice self-care.

Richard Ramirez is a Freelance Christian graphic designer at Art by Richie. Here’s some

advice on ways for introverts to re-set with self-care.

Exercise for Relaxation

Exercise releases endorphins. These are the chemicals your body produces when you

exercise that act as natural painkillers and mood elevators. When you exercise, you’re

alone with your own thoughts, creating a form of stress-reliving meditation.

Exercise can be anything from a power walk, laps in the pool, or a workout at the gym.

And exercise can also be yoga stretches or deliberate, and stress-relieving Tai Chi moves

in a quiet place in your home. Whatever form of exercise you choose, make sure it’s

something you enjoy, so it becomes a form of self-care and not a chore. Even taking the

stairs instead of the elevator or a walk on your lunch break will help if you do it



Keeping a journal for writing down your feelings can quiet your mind by giving all your

negative or overactive thoughts a place to go other than running through your brain. It’s a

safe place to just vent and let go of the anxiety that pent-up thoughts can create.

A lot of people use journals expressly designed to help introverts work through their

anxieties. Or try prompts to get you started. They’re written to get your brain on a path

that can lead you to creative journaling, which can be fun in addition to stress-relieving.

De-Stressing With Food

Some foods are really good at relieving stress, while others can increase it. We all know

that caffeine can give us the jitters, but we don’t always know what foods contain

caffeine. Even decaf coffee contains caffeine, just as green tea does. Chocolate, chewing

gum and energy drinks all contain caffeine, so it’s best to avoid those when you’re trying

to get calm.

Salmon, chamomile, yogurt, blueberries, and eggs are all good stress-reliving foods.

These foods support brain health and may make those times when introverts really need

to focus a boost of energy.

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