I can’t honestly sell you on a title that promises your life will change overnight if you follow these 10 self care rituals. Because it won’t. If you truly want to grow to accept, value, and love every aspect of your introverted self, you’ll have to be willing to get a little messy.
Anyone would benefit from giving themselves permission to do less, but introverts—especially highly sensitive ones—process their surroundings very deeply and can become overstimulated easily as a result. In fact, too much of it can lead to mental and physical symptoms. We require plenty of time to recover from this heightened state and reflect on our experiences. If we get into the habit of doing, doing, doing, we’re depriving ourselves of that vital recharge time. Instead, I propose that the secret to “success” isn’t sleeping less and doing more. The secret is simplifying.
For introverts, nothing’s more important than alone time. Seriously, our need to spend time alone to recharge is so vital, we can experience physical symptoms if we don’t get it. While having your own place is the ideal (trust me, I had my own apartment for 3 glorious years and it was the best), sometimes personal circumstances cause us to forfeit that luxury.
As introverts, we tend to spend a lot of time in our heads. We also tend to express ourselves much more confidently through writing. Knowing this, it's no surprise that many introverts take to journaling to get their thoughts out of their heads and make sense of them. There are many different ways to journal. You just have to try a few to find what works for you. Here are a couple methods I find helpful and the notebooks I use for each one.
To relieve my FOMO, when trying to decide if a book is worth continuing or even starting in the first place, I've developed a few rules that I rarely break. In this series, I'll be sharing my rules with you, my fellow reader.