The benefits of physical exercise cannot be understated. Short-term benefits include improved circulation, release of endorphins (a.k.a. “happy hormones”), and mental clarity. Long-term benefits of regular exercise include improved heart health, stronger immunity, and weight management.
Good quality sleep is essential for a healthy mind and body, regardless of your personality type. To recharge, sometimes a bit of rest might be just what you need. This is especially true for introverts who may have attended an office party or family reunion the day before and have completely exhausted their social battery.
Put your phone on silent, dim the lights, and cozy up with your preferred bed buddy—whether it be your significant other, beloved pet, or favorite stuffed animal. If you have trouble sleeping, you can take melatonin supplements or listen to relaxing white noise. Avoid exercising or eating too close to your desired bedtime.
Social media is a bit of a double-edged sword at times. Sure, it is fun and convenient being able to talk to friends and family anytime, anywhere. However, there is a dark side to social media.
Many studies have been done on adolescent and adult social media use and its effects on mental health. Social media has become a source of negative health effects such as addiction, poor self-esteem, and distorted personal perceptions. Because many introverts prefer to communicate via texts and online chats over verbal communications, they need to be especially cautious about their gadget and social media use.
Introvert self-care online involves setting boundaries and limits. Avoid engaging in unnecessary confrontations and oversharing (always remember to think before you click!). Unfollow toxic or problematic people and celebrities on your accounts.
Don’t feel pressured to answer every message or comment immediately, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed or are busy with other tasks. If you have trouble controlling your social media use, there are web browser settings and productivity apps available to track and time your internet usage.