Being an introvert in a world full of extroverts isn’t an easy task. I myself am an ambivert, which is a mix of the two; hence I understand both sides of the coin really well. For the most part, I am an extrovert, but at other times I need some time to myself, or there are times when I can be awkward around a bunch of strangers. I may not have the constant need for alone time to refuel myself, but I definitely enjoy being on my own at some point.
Everyone needs some kind of coping mechanism with the amount of stress these days, but with introverts, it requires a little more effort than it would, for an extrovert.
Let’s have a look at some stress management tips for introverts:
- Practice meditation:
This is a great way of calming your mind and being able to center yourself. Meditating after an exhausting day, perhaps doing things out of your comfort zone or before starting a high-stress day, lets you gather your thoughts and clear your mind.
- Organize your space:
I have always felt that having a neat and tidy organized space as well as a planner reduces half of my stress. There is always a specific place you think of resting in after resting in, make sure it’s always clean so that when you quickly want to recharge your batteries you don’t have to a mess!
- Express gratitude:
I cannot stress the importance of expressing gratitude enough. It really makes you appreciate all the good things in life and in the process decreases the level of stress. This is something I actively started practicing a couple of years ago; as my first thoughts in the morning, just thanking the universe for all the great people and things happening in my life!
- Practice self-compassion:
Cut yourself some slack. Be it an introvert or an extrovert, everyone has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Even though the world might seem to take to extroverts, introverts shouldn’t take it to heart and focus on their strengths. Being self-compassionate is extremely important to relieve oneself of stress.
- Create a support system:
Having a strong support system never goes out of fashion. I personally feel like having someone you can talk your fears and anxieties to, is essential for good mental health. This can be your family, your friends, or even a shrink!
- Be more optimistic:
Sometimes it helps to look at life through rose-colored glasses. Take challenges with a slightly more positive attitude rather than looking at them as a threat. State of mind really plays a big role in determining the level of stress your mind and body will go through.
- Journal regularly:
Writing down your thoughts is one of the best ways to process your emotions. Especially for introverts, because they find it hard to talk about their feelings to other people, confiding in a journal is a great stress reliever and also helps one focus on the positives.
Learning to manage stress is increasingly important in today’s world. This can be especially challenging for introverts, who often experience increased levels of stress and need recharge time. To help introverts manage their stress, we’ve compiled a list of stress management tips. We hope these tips prove helpful! We recommend taking our personality test if you’d like to learn more about your personality type.