3 Ways to Relax and Recharge as an Introvert

Much of our time can be spent swimming in a haze of responsibilities, worries, plans, agendas, demands. All of the joys, passions, dreams, and wishes that we create and live every day, the things we welcome into our mind with open arms are also the things that consume us within this haze. When life is filled with pressure and passion, where is the balance? The trick is not to stop dreaming, or wishing, or even worrying. Sometimes what we need is to take a break, clear our minds and help ourselves reboot.

Too much focus on external factors and responsibilities can cause our poor hearts to weaken, our head to throb and resentments to grow around our dreams. So learning to clear the unnecessary clutter is a skill that can help you stay in touch with what truly matters and carry your head high with a smile on your face, rather than carry a self-inflicted load of demands around on your shoulders.

The solutions are often simple, they are easily attainable and if practiced regularly perhaps they may help you stay in touch with the important things in life. Let yourself be happy, let worries roll off your back with ease, and take care of yourself. It is important, the most important thing you can do. After all, no person or thing on this earth is as important as you are. That may sound selfish to say, but it is 100% true. You are born alone and die alone, this is not meant to startle but to shake the reality into your mind. How can you be a good friend, mother, father, employee, citizen without knowing how to take care of yourself?

Recharge your mind and soul, take some time to take care of yourself. It should be as important to you as it is to me. Here are three things that always does the trick for little old introverted me. Allowing me to recharge internally on my own.

Take a walk in Nature… Alone

Did you know that walking is a form of meditation? Well, it’s true, similar processes
take place inside your brain when walking as when you are SplitShire_IMG_8282meditating. Your breathing becomes clear and normal, your mind sharp, your senses more alert. Not only does walking provide a somewhat spiritual experience but it also relieves stress, by burning off energy and releasing steam.

But why walk in nature? Well being in nature provides fresh air, natural scenery and a connection to the simpler world. The world outside of bills, work, and the material life we are all guilty of living. Nature connects us to ourselves because after all isn’t that where we truly belong? Check out my previous blog on 5 Reasons I Love Hiking if you need more convincing.

As an introvert recharging and being alone often goes hand in hand. And this activity provides you with all the right ingredients to do just that. So take pleasure in your thoughts, refocus your mind and enjoy the fresh air. Get outside and take a stroll. I promise you will come back rejuvenated.

Take a Bath & Have a Nap

In that order! I don’t have children so I clearly have the time to do this type of activity when need be, but regardless of my lifestyle, I am a busy bee. I often come home photo-1422190441165-ec2956dc9eccfrom work so drained, so exhausted from the day’s demands on me, with a to-do list as long as my arm of things I still need to do in my own personal life. After weeks or months of this, I feel completely sapped of energy. I can get the right amount of sleep but it doesn’t matter… I am pooped.

So when I feel like I really need it, I will come home from work, draw a hot bath, bubbles, candles, Epsom salts… the whole production. And I just lay there, when I get out I will mosey on over to my bedroom and lay down. Usually, the nap is accidental and I wake up wrapped in a wet cold towel with terrible hair. But it does the trick every time. The feeling of refreshment gained from this simple act is enough to recharge me. And what about the list of things that I needed to complete when I got off work? Well, they will be there tomorrow for me to stress about tomorrow. Sometimes you just have to let it go.

So pencil yourself in a few hours to relax in a hot bubble bath, and take an authentic nap. You deserve it and the to-do list can wait… Seriously it’s a guarantee.

Drink a Cup of Tea & Read a Book

You know how I mentioned that walking is a form of meditation? Well, it turns out that
reading is also. Reading provides the focus and photo-1414124488080-0188dcbb8834relaxation that meditating provides, it is just on a different level. If you like to read then take some time to distract your mind, exercise your imagination and engulf your thoughts in a great book.

Adding tea to the mix is to, of course, up the relaxation factor. So boil the kettle, grab a fuzzy blanket and a good book and get reading. Even if only for a half hour, you will not regret taking this time for yourself.

Clearing your mind and enjoying “you time” can mean different things for different people. For me, the three items above are a favorite way for me to place things back into a healthy perspective and recharge. Perhaps it’s because my batteries run on the introverted scale. Regardless of being introverted or extroverted, if you are in a funk take some time and spend it doing something simple for yourself. You deserve it.

Want more tips? Check out this blog on 10 Pick me up Tricks to Improve a Bad Day.

What are some of your favorite ways to relax?


  1. constellationscps | 21st Oct 15

    As ever StephJ a mighty fine read. In the words of Julie Andrews, these are a few of my favourite things (I bet you’re humming that now!)

    • StephJ | 21st Oct 15

      haha thank you! I love sharing the things that I love 🙂

  2. Enlightenment Angels | 21st Oct 15

    Reblogged this on ENLIGHTENMENT ANGELS.

  3. n3v3rm0r3 | 21st Oct 15

    perfect recommendations! love it!

  4. A reluctant wanderlust | 24th Oct 15

    Sometimes you have to just let go of those never ending lists!! So true.. great read and enjoyed it as always!!

  5. The Twentysomething Social Recluse | 27th Oct 15

    Great recommendations! What a great post. 🙂

  6. cicorm | 31st Oct 15

    Have nominated you for “The Versatile Blogger” Award, Stephj! Thanks for the interesting writes! (https://olibtom.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/the-versatile-blogger-award/)

    • StephJ | 31st Oct 15

      Thank you so much! That means alot, I am happy that you enjoy my blog 🙂 cheers!

  7. greg-in-washington | 31st Oct 15

    Via Suzie’s blog: Watch a 90 minute British production mystery aften 10 PM–Zzzzzzzzzz. Especially dozie–Midsommer Murders. The theme song alone will put you under.

  8. donedreaming | 31st Oct 15

    As an introvert I couldn’t agree with you more! Well said 🙂

    • StephJ | 31st Oct 15

      Im glad you enjoyed 🙂

  9. agirlandherpassport | 31st Oct 15

    I love all of these and do some of them. You reminded me how relaxing a hot bath can be. Stopped by from Suzie’s Blog Party. Looking forward to reading more from you!

    • StephJ | 31st Oct 15

      I am glad you liked the post! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  10. Gulara | 31st Oct 15

    Ah, it’s official. I’m definitely an introvert. Makes attending blog parties fun. I’m popping over from Suzie’s party 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post.

  11. Louise | 31st Oct 15

    This all sounds lovely (as a fellow introvert). I love going for walks alone and should plan for them more often!

  12. Marje @ Kyrosmagica | 1st Nov 15

    I’ve taken to going for walks just recently and really enjoying this me time to relax and also to do a bit of photography.

  13. Kat | 2nd Nov 15

    I came across your post through Suzie’s Halloween Blog Party. Being an introvert myself, I can totally relate. I try to do the things you have suggested from time to time because it’s too easy to get run down and forget to recharge as much as needed. 🙂

    • StephJ | 2nd Nov 15

      It is so true. In such a fast pace world sometimes it’s hard to remember to take time for yourself. Thank you for stopping by!

  14. sunesiss | 6th Nov 15

    Even though I am more extroverted than introverted, this is so my kind of chill zone. I indulge whenever I can

  15. CosmicObserver | 12th Nov 15

    Hi StephJ. I like your suggestions. My way to relax, besides your mentions above, would be Meditation. I am a photographer by trade, and the work alone can be a source of relaxation. Once you are immersed in the work the stressed naturally clears from your system, because the joy of the creative process is an uplifter.

  16. journeyonthemagicbus | 18th Nov 15

    Thank you for taking the time Steph to visit my blog and also thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful observations as well. My first children’s book, journey on the magic bus, happy hearts, is doing well since I started with WordPress and listed with Facebook to generate online sales. The world is ready for some love and positivity, keep up the good work.

  17. rashminotes | 1st Dec 15

    Well written!

  18. yesthismoment | 8th Jun 17

    Reading this made me smile – I do all of this! My quiet time is so vital to my wellbeing.
    Thank you, Stephanie! Introverts unite!

    • StephJ | 8th Jun 17

      YES! I am glad you liked it 🙂

  19. anhistorianabouttown | 8th Jun 17

    I’m not an introvert or an extrovert, I fall somewhere in the middle! If I’ve been by myself for a long time, I have to recharge with other people- usually just with friends in a casual setting. If I’m by myself, it’s usually tea/book or yoga; I find that I need mental and physical distressing! (I find baths stressful, I have to shower before so I’m not sitting in my own dirt 🙁 )

    • StephJ | 8th Jun 17

      haha yes! My boyfriend is also a bit of both. On the Myers Briggs spectrum he is more introvert than extrovert but he is WAY more extroverted than me. Have you ever done the Myers Briggs test? It was very helpful to me when figuring out what works for me. 🙂

      • anhistorianabouttown | 8th Jun 17

        I’ve taken it several times, and I always end up with different preferences! I’ll be honest, I’ve never found the recommendations overly helpful, perhaps because I don’t get a consistent answer? I’ve been working to be more thoughtful and conscious of what I’m doing, though- why am I doing this, how does it help/hurt emotionally, what is it producing/doing for me. It is making a big difference mental health wise!

        • StephJ | 8th Jun 17

          I know a few people who have different results often as well. It is hard to put people in a box of any kind. I guess just getting to know yourself is the real key and no one can really tell you what will work besides you! 🙂

  20. You Can Always Start Now | 8th Jun 17

    Yes to all three – being an introvert also. I am back to walking to and from work and always enjoy it when I am walking alone to meditate, daydream and just be. A good book – total escapism for me.

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