This page may contain affiliate links which means that if you choose to make a purchase through an ad or link on this page, I may earn a commission.
Sometimes stress is an unavoidable piece of our lives. It can be found in our careers, personal relationships, and especially for us introverts, in some social situations. The important thing is that you understand how to manage it and give yourself some relief from it. These 7 tips and tricks should help you in the ongoing challenge of stress management.
1. Know your limits! It’s pretty common knowledge that introverts tend to enjoy their alone time more than their extroverted friends. While they do enjoy occasionally going out, it’s important that introverts know when it’s just too much. Putting yourself into a situation that exceeds your comfort level is probably going to end up being pretty stressful and you’re not going to enjoy the activity. Take some time and really understand what your limits are. You can still be a little extroverted at times, just know when to draw the line. You don’t have to prove yourself. Learn when to say enough is enough, you people-pleaser!
2. Use your down time wisely. Introverts need their quiet time to recharge their batteries. Whether it’s after a long day at work or going to a huge party that was probably a little too much, you need to make sure that you use your down time wisely. If you need to take the time to be alone and focus on your well-being, it’s perfectly okay to do that. Even if your friends are begging you to hang out. This goes hand in hand with knowing your limits. If it’s time to recharge, then do it! If you’re feeling stressed or pressured then it’s a must! Turn on your favorite playlist or read a good book.
3. Find an outlet. A big help when it comes to stress management is finding something that you enjoy to fill your time and decompress. If you’re creative, it could mean writing, painting, or doing crafts. Writing is of course my go-to outlet. If I get really stressed or frustrated about something, I will write out all of my thoughts with no structure. If it pops in my head, I write it. Afterwards, I will usually feel a whole lot better and refreshed. I also get a little crafty from time to time. I always see a ton of ideas on Pinterest around DIY projects that I save until I’m in the mood to try. Target is usually my favorite place to shop for supplies. I was there the other day and one of their end-caps were filled with DIY craft kits! Score! Check out what they have online at Target’s website.
Also, if you’re the athletic type of introvert, do something sporty. If you’ve got a favorite sport, go out and do it! Take a hike or explore a nearby park. Honestly, sometimes just being outside can do the trick of at least lessening your stress levels. Sometimes all you need is a little fresh air!
4. Meditate…seriously. To some people this may sound a little weird. You may think that sitting quietly is boring or silly, but it’s really not. It can be very soothing and refreshing to sit quietly and just focus on your breathing. The purpose is to try to clear your mind, which is the source of all that stress you’re feeling. You don’t necessarily have to sit criss-cross on a yoga mat for it to be considered meditation, although sometimes I do incorporate some yoga into my routine for stress management. Just find a quiet spot (indoors or outdoors according to your personal preference) close your eyes and focus on deep breathing. It helps, I promise!
5. Get organized! I can be very disorganized at times and tend to use the excuse of “well I know where everything is.” I’ve used that more times than I’m proud of actually. Hey, I’m not perfect. I like to say it’s because I’m a creative type, so a bit of chaos is normal ;). But when you’re an introvert who is feeling stressed, clutter probably isn’t the best thing for you. This goes for both your work space as well as the space you use to decompress.
When I start feeling stressed, I make sure that I get my space organized. Being messy only adds to the stressed feeling. You tend to get irritable when you’re stressed (even slightly), so when you grab something from your desk and end up knocking something else over because it’s so messy, odds are you’re probably going to go from irritable to angry pretty quickly. Just prevent that from happening and straighten up!
6. Identify the source of your stress. This one is super important. If you’re a living breathing human being, odds are you have been stressed at some time or another. It’s a fact of life. When stress keeps popping up in your life and it’s affecting your physical or mental health negatively, you need to sort it out. Step 1 is identifying the source of your stress. It could be work, family, friends, your relationship, or a number of other things. If it keeps popping up and it’s impacting you negatively, you need to figure out what it is and decide if the benefits outweigh the negatives. Do you need to find a new career path? Do you need to spend less time with toxic people? Whatever it is, you need to figure it out. Otherwise, eventually it could really end up hurting you. It’s okay to separate yourself from toxic people or situations.
7. Take care of yourself! This one kind of ties into number 6 on our list. As an introvert, you should be pretty in-tune with the fact that you need to take care of yourself, or you’re not going to be able to function properly. If you don’t have good mental health, a good body image, etc., that is only going to lead to more stress in your life. If you don’t feel good about something, then change it. You have all of the tools at your disposal, so use them. If you don’t take care of yourself, all you’re going to want to do is lay in bed ALL of the time (rather than just some of the time LOL). This doesn’t lead to a very productive life.
As an introvert, stress management needs to be a big piece of your life. Everyone gets stressed every once in a while and it’s important to understand what you personally need to help de-stress. Make sure that you’re taking care of yourself, so that you can continue doing what you do best….being you, of course!
What are some of your favorite stress management tips and tricks? Feel free to share below!