I’ve heard the term introvert, I’ve seen an introvert, I’ve been friends with an introvert and I definitely consider myself as some kind of introvert.
We are those shy and closeted individuals, who prefer to make life a beautiful place for living by listening to our thoughts and letting our emotions guide us.
We don’t have the need to socialize with people just for the sake of meeting new people and we don’t consider barhopping as the only way to have a rocking Friday night. We just don’t feel the desperate need to have other people entertain us.
What we do need in order to make this life a cozy place for existing is time for ourselves. So, this is everything you need to know about our favorite ways of spending our sacred, alone time:
1. TIME OUT AFTER A BUSY DAY
“Time-out on the field” is a serious must for every introvert I know. Due to their highly sensitive nature, introverts experience difficulties to process information, unlike every other person. Their curse – they feel everything deeply.
So, that’s why a time to unwind helps them cope with the havoc of the day and recharge their batteries.
2. A REAL CONNECTION BASED ON MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION
You can guess that small talk is one of the things that’s crossed off their list. These people need an intellectual stimulation and an intense connection. The kind where you can be comfortable to open your soul in front of a person and let your heart speak.
3. COMFORTABLE SILENCES
We need people in our life that will understand every perplexing behavior of ours and be there when we need to just keep quiet.
Not someone who’ll nervously jump in to fill the pause in the conversation, but rather people who’ll be comfortable to be with us in the same room when all we want to do is not talk.
4. A SPACE FOR INDULGING IN OUR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES AND HOBBIES
Crafting. Writing. Taking photographs. Indulging in the pleasure of watching old, black and white movies. Whatever makes our soul flourish.
We need more time to focus on our dreams and the things that awake an inexplicable passion in our hearts and souls.
5. TIME TO THINK BEFORE ACTUALLY RESPONDING
If there’s anything more stressful for introverts, it is the nagging pressure of people who demand an answer in the same second they ask a question.
For extroverts, it is quite simple and easy to express their immediate reaction. However, to introverts, it’s quite the opposite. Usually, a few pressure strikes are everything an introvert needs to reach that memory full level and back off until they are rejuvenated.
6. A QUIET, SECRET SHELTER WHERE WE CAN HIDE FROM THE WORLD
This is something that, in my opinion, all of us should have. Not, to mention introverts. A room in which we can be completely alone. A place that we can arrange in a way that soothes us the most.
A nook where we can escape from all the loud voices and troubles in the world. Where we can finally be at one with our mind, synchronized with our soul.
Being all alone, without the fear of a possible intrusion is truly an invigorating and serene feeling.
7. PEOPLE WHO’LL UNDERSTAND OUR PECULIAR NATURE
Introverts are not the usual type of weekend party-animal. However, that doesn’t mean they have no fun time.
It just, their perception of fun time translates into reading that new book that you’ve so yearned for, engaging in an all-nighter, movie marathon night, or just spending their evening contemplating life.
8. A WORK THAT MAKES OUR SOUL SPARKLE
A lot of the introverts I know want a job that will be more than just a 9-5h shift and a paycheck. They have to be passionate about their job, otherwise, the stress of working something that just doesn’t feel right, is too much for them to handle.
9. PERMISSION TO NOT EXPLAIN SOMETIMES
There will be times when they’ll have no words. They might feel something intensely, but fail to find the words to explain that sensation.
So, when an introvert says to you that they have to take some time apart from everyone or they just don’t want to talk about it, let them do that. It is the only way they can get back to their natural state and start healing.
10. TIME AND SPACE SO WE CAN WORK UNINTERRUPTED
It’s not a secret that we, introverts do our best when it comes to getting a job done. Unfortunately, an office space filled with a lot of people, who are constantly babbling and walking around is our worst nightmare.
Introverts need their own private space where no one would even be able to interfere with their thoughts. This is why most of the introverts I know turned out to be successful freelancers in different fields.
11. OUR CLIQUE
On top of everything, our closest circles of people are the ones that mean the most to us. They are the people who’ve managed to resist every thunderstorm along the way and stayed by our side.
Our emotional bonds are extremely important to us. Relationships with people will never be about trading the newest piece of gossip, but rather for keeping each other’s back!
12. TIME TO SLOW DOWN
The last, but in fact, the most significant ingredient for a happy and peaceful life is taking some time to slow down whenever life takes a wrong turn.
Remember: Breathe out. Breathe In. Just be yourself. And repeat!