If you’re an introvert like me, you know how refreshing it is to spend time alone after a long day at work or family gatherings. These things can be especially draining on an introvert soul and if you tend to be anxious too, a carefully planned self care is simply a must.
Here are my favorite ways to decompress and relieve stress when I want to be with my own company or take a break from social interactions.
All these activities can be done by yourself and they are perfect for introvert-style stress relief (by the way, if you’re new to self care philosophy, check out this article: A guide to self care basics – learn where to begin). I hope you’ll find something new for yourself on this list – let’s begin!
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10 stress relief activities for introverts:
1. Gardening or taking care of home plants.
An incredibly therapeutic and calming way to spend time alone, focus on something, be with nature and clear out your head.
I fell in love with home plants when I was living in my first apartment and since then it’s one of my favorite ways to instantly go into a stress relief mode.
Never done anything like that? Imagine yourself being surrounded by beautiful plants and terrariums, watering them, misting, pruning, wiping their leaves, and then resting in a green, refreshing urban jungle.
2. Going for a long walk (if you have a dog, it’s a bonus).
A win-win situation for your body and soul – a walk is a great way to get some exercise and clear out your head. Just pop in your headphones and enjoy this completely free stress relief activity that’s available right here and now.
3. Daydreaming or imagining yourself in positive & pleasant situations.
If you don’t want to do anything and feel tired or a little lazy (which is absolutely ok!), tune into your imagination.
Get into a comfortable position, close your eyes, breathe slowly and imagine yourself in amazing places or pleasant scenarios.
It’s a very simple, meditative exercise that can also be used to inspire yourself for changes. In that case, imagine yourself being a kind of person you want to be.
4. Cleaning, organizing & decluttering your life.
Decluttered life means less stress overall. It may feel daunting to declutter if you’re already stressed but doing a few cleaning or organizing tasks can be very therapeutic.
Cleaning is one of my favorite ways to decompress! It’s not unusual for me to get in a cleaning mode late at night and go through the whole apartment until 2 A.M. (crazy, I know). I get a little tired but also – incredibly relaxed and satisfied after all this therapeutic work.
If you’re a person who likes tidying up, find something to organize. Soon after accomplishing this task, you may find yourself calmer and less stressed. A tidier home will give you a mood boost too!
Read more: 99 ways to get seriously organized
5. Taking online courses.
These are perfect if you want to just lay on your bed but still do something productive.
Interesting online courses help you to focus on something and it means you have less time to think about your stressful day. Plus, you get a dopamine boost after finishing one so it’s a plus!
Read more: How to improve yourself with online courses
6. Cooking and enjoying a meal by yourself.
Do you enjoy a particular cuisine? Find a recipe and try to cook yourself a perfect dinner.
I really like Japanese food and there’s nothing better than making a bowl of homemade ramen and simply eating alone. No talking, no phones, no TV – just a relaxing dinner with your favorite meal.
>>> Sorry if this made you hungry <<<
7. Writing in a thought or anxiety journal.
I’m a huge mental health advocate and anxiety / thought journals are a core of the whole ShineSheets store.
I use them every day myself and they’re also very popular among my readers for a reason – they simply work.
Nothing is as calming as a quick write down / reframing of your thoughts. Many times we exhaust ourselves just because we’re stewing in some unrational beliefs we’ve created in our head. It absolutely doesn’t have to be this way.
You can live a happier life even if you’re constantly tired, stressed or anxious. Your mindset has the key to either positive or negative feelings and it’s your decision which will overcome your life.
Read more: Anxiety journals and how they can help you
8. Making a vision board.
A vision board can help you distract your mind, destress and also create a vision of how you want to live your life.
Creating such a board is easy and fun. You can buy a simple cork or magnetic board and attach quotes, photos, challenges, goals, and affirmations that reflect the idea of your dream life.
Hang it in your room and you will have a beautiful motivational spot to inspire you to achieve your dreams every day.
9. Enjoying a warm foot bath.
Simple, cheap and requires zero social interaction. Put in some sea salt, grab a cup of tea, turn on Netflix and simply relax for a while.
10. Creating a music playlist.
Since headphones are one of the introverts best friends, creating new playlists can be a perfect way to relax.
I love creating playlists for different activities so I can enjoy a different musical setting whenever needed. For example, there’s a calming nature sounds playlist to use before sleep, a more energetic cleaning playlist, zen music for meditation and similar.
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The main point of relaxing introvert activities is to deeply enjoy your own company. I hope this list gave you a few ideas of how to do just that.
Did I miss something? Add in a comment at the bottom. Good luck, and stay shining!