In a world of social distancing and mandates requiring sheltering at home, one would assume that introverts would be fairing far better than most when it comes to staying sane.
However, as it turns out, that is not necessarily the case in some instances. Although introverts tend to be their best selves when they are allowed quiet and solitude, even these individuals seem to be experiencing and struggling with those feelings of both loneliness and isolation.
Studies have shown that those individuals who identify as introverts significantly benefit from when given their solitude. The results lead to both the reduction of stress and relaxation when they are allowed to choose to be alone. This is not to say that they are anti-social and do not like being around others. It means that their bodies and minds need a healthy balance of time alone, in addition to time with others.
In a nutshell, introverts need their alone time to relax and gather their thoughts. If they are not afforded this time of quiet reflection, many have said that they feel they are losing their sanity. The question now is, how do those introvert individuals maintain their sanity with others constantly surrounding them?
Be An Early Riser
Most psychologists have said that our morning routines set the tone for our entire day. As an introvert, one should be the first to wake up so that they may take advantage of any quiet time they may have.
Before beginning your morning meditations, or planning out your day, indulge in a flavor of your favorite coffee or your preferred morning juice. Practice a few minutes of yoga, allowing your body and mind to get in tune with one another as you set your goals for the upcoming day.
With the process of waking up early, you afford yourself the ability to begin and enter into your day at the speed you desire, and on your terms.
We are sure most will agree that nothing can beat a quiet outdoor walk when it comes to relaxing and energizing if you don’t believe us, ask the residents of Sweden.
Recent reports showed that of all of Sweden’s municipalities, as many as 41 percent, provide quiet areas that offer adequate access to quietness—allowing their residents to enjoy the associated health benefits. There are also the sounds of nature provided in some quiet zones, in an attempt to enhance the experience.
A 20-30 minutes walk, in the outdoors, can go a long way to calm the mind, reenergize the body, and stave off the health implications of being too sedentary.
Create A Space Or “Cave”
Okay, I know, this one might, at first glance, seem a little silly, but stick with me here. The whole point of this step is that of establishing designated boundaries. Your space doesn’t have to be grand and elaborate, it can be a home office that feels cozy and comfortable, or maybe a corner of the living room for a reading nook, or even simply a spot at the dining room table. Essentially, any small space you have set aside, that your family members know as designated for your need for alone time.
When you get to feeling that you are becoming overwhelmed, and just need to step away for a while if only for 20 minutes, make a beeline for your special space. Keep in mind that if the space is going to benefit you in your time of need, communication with other family members is crucial. They need to understand that when they see you in your special place, that you are off-limits until you signal to them otherwise.
Need For Meaningful Relationships
Studies have shown that those social relationships of quality have the most influence on introverts and their happiness. A misconception exists that introverts are anti-social, which is very much to the contrary. Introverts grow and thrive in small gatherings where they are with a few close and trusted friends.
When introverts work to foster meaningful relationships, they are working towards making connections that support both their mental and emotional health. Many times, it only takes is a small gesture–a friendly phone call, a cheery letter, a quick text message, or an email to catch up.
Cook A La Solo
Many experts believe that having alone time in the kitchen, cooking, and preparing a meal can prove to be very therapeutic for an introvert. It provides a few moments of solitude away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and what it entails. It will give you time to take a breath, and unwind, while at the same time learning a new recipe or dish.
There are benefits to cooking that go well beyond nutrition. You can find yourself motivated to try a new dish or even increase how frequently you cook. The time can be your calm and enjoyable place, and can also be added to your list of places for necessary downtime.
Enjoy A Warm Bath
A recent study claims that by taking a warm shower or bath, at night, you work towards improving self-rated sleep quality and efficiency. You will also find that yourself more relaxed, and as such, will take significantly less time to fall asleep.
Not only does taking a warm shower or bath aid in the relaxation needed to promote sleep, but it also offers you another place to enjoy some quiet, relaxing, and uplifting time.
Turn In Early
It is suggested that you turn in at least one hour before you actually plan to go to sleep. You will be able to enjoy some much needed quiet relaxing time, which can include reading a favorite book meditating, or watching a favorite show.
At this time of the day, you should try not to do any browsing on your phone, catching up on your social media, or watch any tv programs that may prove to be negative or stressful. The goal is to create a calming environment that will benefit you in a night of restful sleep.
If you are an introvert, the staying at home orders can take a noticeable toll on you. In an attempt to make sure you are staying sane, you need to make sure the environment around you is a positive, relaxing, and healthy one.