I am probably the worlds biggest introvert and this is my quick little guide for recharging if you, like me, are an introvert. Contrary to popular belief, being an introvert doesn’t necessarily mean you’re shy – it just means you need to take time out to be alone and recharge.
Some of these suggestions also work if you’ve had a difficult day and need a break from the world – we’ve all been there! Hopefully the tips in this post will
Accept Your Introverted Ways
While being an introvert or extrovert isn’t a strict binary – some people are extroverted introverts, or flip between introverted and extroverted. Regardless, the first step to recharging is acknowledging that sometimes you need to be around people and sometimes you need time alone.
At the same time, however, make sure you aren’t completely isolating yourself! You might only need ten minutes away from the world, you might need an hour, you might need a day. Regardless of how long you take for yourself, consider getting yourself out of the house at least once a day – go for a walk, plan to get coffee with a friend in the future, grab something quick from the shops. You’ll appreciate the recharge time more if you mix up how you’re spending your time.
Take A Blogging Break
In January I took a week off from blogging after burning out a little bit too fast (it turns out, four posts a week isn’t sustainable for me!) and it really, really did help. Once the week was up I was ready to dive back in and start scheduling to give myself the month of February already scheduled in place. Definitely try to work at least a week ahead of your planned blogging!
If blogging is really stressing you out in the long term, considering dropping the amount of posts you’re making, by one or two! If you want to condense your posts into one really good discussion post a week, do it, and see how it works. This will help prevent you from burning out creatively and mean that when you take time for yourself, it really is time for yourself – not time for your blog.
Step Back From Social Media
Last week I discovered the amazing function of turning your phone on aeroplane mode, especially if you feel like you rely upon your phone too much. I did this for a week, leaving my phone out of my reach for increasing amounts of time, and my mental health definitely improved because of it! If you have an Instagram or Twitter for blogging, try to allocate specific times or places to do this – don’t be constantly working on promoting your blog. The views, likes and commenting of blogging traffic will be there when you come back from your recharge, so stop stressing so much about it. Put yourself first!
Clean Your Space
Even if you hate tidying and cleaning, trust me, it is so much easier and fulfilling to relax after you’ve done chores. Put some music on, tidy away the clothing scattered across your floor (no judgement, we’ve all been there), and put your laundry on.
This is my new secret weapon: headspace. If you’ve got Spotify Student Premium, you can get Headspace for free. It is a guided meditation app that helps with a range of things, from anxiety to anger to getting to sleep at night. I was skeptical about it working, but the basic pack of introduction meditation session are free, so give them a try! This mentioned isn’t sponsored, but Headspace… well, if you’re reading this, hit me up some time (highly unlikely, I know, but a girl can dream). I’m a huge fan of Headspace and I think a lot of fellow bloggers could get some real beneficial use of out it.
What do you do to relax and recharge? Let me know in the comments!