An Extroverts Guide to Involuntary Solitude--5 Self Care Tips!
Social distancing is hard for most people, but what about when you're naturally extroverted? 🤔
How do you recharge solo, when you've spent a lifetime being social & leaning on others for support through difficult times?
Let me start off by saying, if you're struggling with the changes we are going through, you're not alone. 💛 So many of us are having a difficult time right now, but I promise you--we can do hard things.
With my time as an extrovert in involuntary solitude, I've found some little ways to help get through the days. Hopefully they help you too!
1. Starting a Meditation Practice
Making time to meditate daily has helped my stress levels more than anything else. Each day I take at least 20 minutes to do a guided meditation I've found online. There are endless options, with many of them being targeted towards specific concerns such as insomnia, anxiety, self confidence, healing, ect. If meditation isn't for you, other mindfulness practices like yoga, tai chi, progressive relaxation, and deep breathing are all wonderful options to help center yourself. 🧘♀️
2. Spending Time With a Pet
This sweet ball of fluff is my youngest dog, Snoopy. He is always up for a cuddle, and spending time with him helps to relax me & remind me how loved I am. If you're lucky enough to have a pet, spending time with them is a wonderful way to lower stress levels! 🐶🐾
Grow something! Gardening is a fantastic way to reduce stress, lower food costs, beautify your surroundings, and help make the planet healthier. I have a growing (🤣 I couldn't help myself) collection of plants, they bring me so much joy! From the purely ornamental to the edible, growing plant life is full of benefits. Indoors they are proven to improve air quality, and they add so much charm to a home. Outside, they help pollinators 🐝 and they keep a yard from looking plain and boring. Also, have you ever tasted a vegetable you grew yourself? There's nothing better! 🌱
4. Creating Art
Painting, or really any type of creative expression, is essential for self care, in my opinion. For me, blending colors together to create something beautiful is cathartic. If painting isn't your style, drawing, crafting, journaling, knitting, writing poetry, or scrapbooking are all wonderful ways to provide self care to your creative side. 🎨
5. Getting Quality Sleep
While insomnia might make this easier said than done, getting quality sleep is peak self-care goals. For me, the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray from This Works helps me get to sleep quickly, and stay asleep throughout the night. Before using it, I was waking up between 2 and 3 times a night, which left me exhausted still in the morning. 😴 It contains lavender, chamomile, and vetivert which combine together to make the dreamiest scent that has me fast asleep in minutes! Other ways to hack your way to quality sleep include turning off electronics, avoiding caffeine, using a weighted blanket, guided meditation, progressive relaxation, and drinking a warm cup of chamomile or lemon balm herbal tea. ☕
These self-care practices combined together have helped make social distancing so much more manageable for me, despite my extrovert tendencies. I still crave time together with friends, but it doesn't seem as overwhelming when I regularly take the time to do these activities. I hope they help you too! 💛
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