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Introversion, extroversion… For so long, terms like these were meant for the classroom or the occasional dinner party and yet, now, as the majority of our country is living under lockdown, they take on real meaning. Whether inclined or not, all of us – at least for the next thirty days – will become willing or forced introverts. While over the next few weeks Infinity Wellness and Yoga will be supplying you with ample poses, affirmations, insights, mantras, and crystal applications for your energy healing, today I’d like to invite you to read the blog below on how to succeed as an introvert by our guest writer, Melissa Howard: Everyone benefits from practicing self-care. The mind, body, and soul need a little TLC to keep up with this hectic world. Introverts, in particular, need to be mindful to incorporate self-care in their daily routines; otherwise, they risk burnout.
Introverts expend a lot of energy in social situations. Unlike extroverts, who gain energy through social interactions, going from conversation to conversation at group events can leave an introvert drained and in need of rejuvenation. For the introverts out there, here are some tips on how to achieve the self-care you need in order to keep functioning in today’s society.
Tip 1: Be Mindful of What You Consume
What you put into your body is a core component of self-care. When you eat, how much you consume, and what you consume is as equally important as sleep and exercise. If you are feeling depleted, especially after social situations, consider what you have put into your body that day. Nutrients impact everything from performance to energy levels to moods.
Some of the essential nutrients that humans need to function adequately every day are calcium, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, C, and E. Even if you eat well and exercise routinely, if you find that you’re not getting the nutrients you need, then you could benefit from a multivitamin. A good multivitamin can improve energy levels and result in a healthier gut.
Tip 2: Find Work That Suits Your Lifestyle
Fortunately, finding work that fits your lifestyle is easier than ever — including many you can do from home. In fact, according to Indeed.com, there are quite a few different industries to explore depending on what interests you. For instance, many introverts find work as content managers, editors, graphic designers, and social media managers, just to name a few. If you love spending time with animals, you can become a professional pet sitter; to get started, you need to get certified, stock up on supplies, and prepare your home for the job.
Tip 3: Rest to Reset
Rest is essential for the body — especially for an introvert who is depleted by networking, large groups, and so on. Good sleep results in improved productivity, sharper concentration, weight management, mood regulation, and the ability to cope in stressful situations. While introverts don’t necessarily need more sleep than extroverts, an introvert should make sleep a top priority in their self-care routine. Things to do in order to make sure you get the rest you need:
● Establish a nighttime routine.
● Allow yourself quiet time before bed.
● Take a warm bath.
● Read a book.
● Introduce essential oils to your room.
Tip 4: Meditate
Regular meditation has the capability of relaxing your mind and body. The beauty of meditation is that a five-minute session can reset your mind and rejuvenate you for the rest of the day. Plus, you can practice anywhere. If you feel overwhelmed, you can remove yourself from the situation for a few minutes, breathe, and rest.
Making sure your self-care needs and wants are met will not only make you a happier person, but it will also make you more productive and more enjoyable for others to be around. Taking care of yourself, starting with what you put in your body, will yield noticeable results in no time. Exercising regularly and ensuring you have enough sleep will relax your mind. And a steady mediation will be the icing on the cake that your mind and body need.