By guest blogger, Melissa Howard of stopsuicide.info.
These days, more and more people are acknowledging the importance of self-care and making it a part of their daily routines. And while there are countless ways to do just that, there is no be-all and end-all to self-care. In fact, what works for some may not have the same effect for others, and vice versa. This is especially evident in introverts.
In a nutshell, the self-care styles of introverts are generally more subdued compared to their more gregarious peers, putting a premium on silence and solitude. This is because, for introverts, self-care is more than just a means to an end. Rather, it’s a key component to survival, with more holistic results in mind, benefiting not only the body but the mind, as well.
Here are a few self-care hacks that introverts swear by.
Start with your overall health.
For introverts, mental well-being is just as important as physical health. More often than not, you may find yourself approaching getting in shape differently, taking great pains in preserving your mental health while you’re at it by doing extensive research and weighing options.
It goes without saying that introverts are well-versed in the significance of keeping health care coverage updated. For instance, introverted seniors who are cognizant of the importance of maintaining their health appreciate how the added dental, vision, and expanded prescription coverage — plus access to wellness programs — that come with Medicare Advantage plans may be more suited to their needs.
On a more fundamental level, introverts can also be more mindful of what they put in their bodies, such as multivitamins. These not only benefit you when you’re lacking certain nutrients, but they can also do wonders for your gut health and skin. Multivitamins are also observed to increase energy levels in adults, making it a great addition to regular exercise and a balanced diet and satisfying your introverted need for a holistic regimen.
Schedule alone time.
It’s a well-known fact that introverts thrive on alone time. Unfortunately, in a world that’s becoming more frenetic and dependent on technology, this is easier said than done. It is important to go the distance in making time for restful solitude, as this could fall by the wayside. This could be as simple as committing to daily meditation or finding time during the day to curl up with a book or take a walk or even just to nurse a cup of tea. Interestingly, research shows that it’s not only the introverted who find that alone time is a great way to rest. Regardless, there’s definitely no denying the benefits of spending time alone for rest and introspection.
Introverts are generally averse to conflict, so it’s not a surprise that they have a hard time saying “no.” If this is something that you relate to, you are probably already aware that this is counterproductive, as it inevitably puts undue pressure on yourself. Saying “no,” therefore, is a very powerful means of self-care. Not only does it protect your time and effort, but it also preserves your mental well-being, making it an integral part of your self-care arsenal.
An introvert’s brain is said to have a lower threshold for dopamine, making them prone to overstimulation. This is essentially why introverts get overwhelmed when there’s too much external stimulation, like in social gatherings, leading to what is called an introvert hangover.
While this does not in any way mean that you should spend your life as a hermit, there is the need to structure the stimulation you receive. This entails planning ahead to make room for socializing and minimizing screen time, as well as taking moments to recharge.
Truly, there’s much to be learned in how introverts approach overall self-care. Ultimately, it all boils down to what your body and your mind need at any given time, so make sure to check in with yourself every once in a while.