Your health matters! It’s time to take care of yourself as an introvert. Learn why alone time is important, especially for introverted personalities, and discover how you can refuel yourself with 9 self care ideas to try. Let me show you how to help yourself and become a better introvert!
“I feel so empty.”
Those were the words I had to tell my husband after a long (but fabulous) roadtrip with my niece and son.
We had been in Missouri visiting my sister and her family. But after an amazing time of hanging out together for a week and 9 hour car ride home, I was feeling drained. I had emptied myself out and had nothing left to give.
Does that sound familiar?
My husband was asking questions and trying to find out all of the details of our trip, but I had to kindly tell him it would have to wait until another time. (Thankfully he understood.)
Why it’s so important to learn how to take care of yourself as an introvert?
If you want to help yourself as an introvert it is imperative that you learn to prioritize self care.
It’s hard not to feel guilty when you need to take time for yourself. I get it!
Friend, your emotional wellbeing is important. When you learn how to take care of yourself you will become a better introvert…a better YOU.
How to be an introvert in an extrovert world.
I understand how it feels to see extroverts who thrive off of being around the energy of other people.
You see them leave social events ready to be around more people, while you’re leaving feeling drained and ready to be by yourself.
The guilt quickly overtakes and you wonder what’s wrong with you.
I love the words of Psalm 139:13-14, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
It’s time to accept yourself as an introvert knowing that God made you exactly the way you are!
You’re exactly the way He wants you to be, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with you. If you’re introverted, it’s very normal to feel drained and empty after being around people.
Taking care of yourself as an introvert means intentionally taking time for yourself.
Years ago I worked with the student ministry at my church. I loved being a counselor for weekend retreats and weeks at camp.
These events were a blast, but when I came home I was drained after giving all that I had to the students. I knew I needed to recharge and have some alone time so that I could fill myself up and do it all again.
You need to do the same, friend. When you’re feeling drained or empty inside it’s time to reenergize and take care of yourself.
Not sure what that looks like? Here’s what reenergizing looks like for me.
9 Self care ideas to help you refuel yourself.
- Sitting in silence by yourself
- Watching your favorite show
- Reading/listening to a book (here are my favorite Christian fiction book series)
- Taking a walk and enjoying God’s creation
- Working a puzzle
- Taking a bubble bath with candles and soothing music
- Cooking or baking your favorite recipe
- Playing a musical instrument
- Working on your hobby (painting, drawing or crafting)
Even as introverts, God has wired each of us differently. Try different things and figure out what reenergizes you. Then start doing them often!
Taking care of yourself as an introverted mom.
If you’re wondering if an introvert can be a good mom, I want to assure you that, yes, you absolutely can.
Telling yourself anything different is a lie from the enemy.
God has called you to the job of mothering, and He’s going to equip you for the journey!
The key to being introverted and a good mom is to intentionally take time for yourself.
I know it feels selfish. You feel like your family needs you and that your time could be better spent with them.
As an introvert mom myself, let me assure you that you’ll be a much better mom when you prioritize self care.
Your family needs you to take the time to recharge your batteries so that you can be the best YOU possible, not only for yourself but for them too.
If you haven’t already, explain to your spouse how important it is for you to begin to take care of yourself as an introvert.
Become a better introvert by prioritizing self care.
It’s time to put into practice what you’ve learned. Start with one of these:
- Grab your calendar and schedule some time by yourself.
- Sit down with your spouse and share how important self care is for you as an introvert. Let him know that you want to take good care of yourself by reenergizing yourself when you feel drained.
- If you don’t know what time to yourself looks like, it’s time to try some new things and see what brings you joy!
Prioritizing self care is very important and helps you become a better person. I encourage you to embrace your introverted personality, take the time to recharge yourself, and don’t feel guilty about it!
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