HOW TO: Cope as an Introvert

Being an introvert can be a frustrating and lonely ride. Being an introvert doesn’t mean you are shy, or rude. It doesn’t mean you can’t speak to others or hold conversation. Introversion, put simply, means you need ‘alone-time’ to recharge and nurture your soul in order to function to the best of your ability.  Taking some steps toward accepting your nature as an introvert, and implementing some practices into your life can help make life easier to deal with, and grant you with the time needed to recharge.

  1. Honour Yourself – Living in this day and age, it can be very easy to dismiss a self-care routine as we claim we are too busy, too stressed, or too tired to implement one. Honouring yourself can help you to recharge and reset yourself, which in turn allows the Self to better handle situations and cope with daily life. Implementing an evening ritual, or even just taking sometime to run a bath, do some yoga, or read a book – embracing a self-care strategy assists in making introvert life happier. Honouring yourself and taking the time to provide yourself with what you need does wonders for the soul, and helps to create a sense of calm in this chaotic world.
  2. Embrace & Respect Your Space – Solitude is not something to be afraid of, and wanting solitude should not be seen as weakness or a fault. Wanting to be alone can be seen as antisocial or rude by those who do not understand the way things work for an introvert, but embracing and respecting your desire to be alone and making solitude your friend can help you to recharge and refuel your soul. Creating a space of solitude, a space of your own, in your home allows you to retreat to this space whenever you need a break from the world.
  3. Don’t try to be someone you are not – In today’s society, it is encouraged to be the loudest, proudest, most colourful extravert there is. Modern life is suited to those with extravert tendencies. Introversion can be looked at as an unwanted trait, and something to be frowned upon. The reality is, however, that more people than you may realise are introverted, and it isn’t a crime! If you need to be alone, be alone! If you need to take a week long break from your phone, do it! Living in such a way that is true to yourself, and reflects who you are is one of the most beautiful things we can do. Be you, wholeheartedly and unapologetically!

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