Introvert guide: self care

self careI read a blog post a while ago that really resonated with me. I’ll include a link to it here. It’s talking about how necessary self care is to maintain both physical and mental health. When we hear the words ‘self care’, we usually think of the fun stuff. Alone time, bubble baths, reading a good book, or going for a walk. All these things are great, and should be done! But we often don’t think about the less glamorous, but equally important self care tasks:

  1. Write it all out.
    Write up a list of all the things you need to do (and have probably been putting off). Then, beside each task, give yourself a reasonable deadline. I find that writing things down helps me remember them and helps organize my thoughts.
  2. Pay your bills.
    This is an important part of daily life but I always wait until last minute. Paying your rent, utilities, phone bill, internet/cable bill, credit card payments and more is incredibly important. Or if they’re withdrawn automatically, be aware of when they’re taken out and ensure you have sufficient funds available in your account.
  3. Work on your budget.
    If you’ve already perfected your budget, that’s fantastic. For the rest of us, especially starting out, it can take some tweaking to figure out the best way to direct our funds. But once you have a budget in place its easier to start saving and planning for future purchases or events.
  4. Maintain your vehicle (if you own one).
    Things like oil changes and regular maintenance help prolong your vehicle’s efficiency and can circumvent potential issues. You can even learn how to top up your own windshield washer fluid and change your own oil.
  5. Keep your living space tidy.
    Doing the little things can help contribute to peace of mind and contentment. Finish washing up those dishes in the sink, sweep and mop the floor, vacuum, make your bed, organize and de-clutter the counters and table. You’ll feel so much better when things are in order.
  6. Maintain your body and mind.
    Keeping up with dental check ups and vision exams is so important. Work on mindfulness, meditation, or breathing exercises if you need to find peace of mind. If you’re struggling personally, counselling may be something to consider. Your mind and body are so important and deserve special care.
  7. Strengthen personal connections.
    The people we surround ourselves with are the ones who enrich our lives. Take extra time to connect with those you cherish. Let them know how much they mean to you. This doesn’t mean you have to invite them out (though you certainly can if you’d like). Even sending a quick email or text can help strengthen those bonds.

Do you have any additional self care tips?

Image credit: “Self” by Jenavieve is licensed under CC by 2.0

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8 thoughts on “Introvert guide: self care

  1. Salvageable says:

    These are all excellent suggestions. I would add that if you frequently find yourself neglecting these kinds of self-care, talk to someone who can help you determine why. Often failure to do these things is a mark of depression (not that it is always the case). J.

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    • Neosomaliana says:

      Great reminder! It’s something I try to keep in mind when I ‘fail’ at self-care, to focus on feeling good, even if I haven’t showered in god knows how long or procrastinating on a lot of stuff. Then I take it from there. It helps with the anxiety that ensues when I think about all the things I’m unable to do atm.

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      • Ally says:

        I’m very easily overwhelmed and sometimes something as ‘small’ as a messy room makes things worse. Especially if I’m dealing with other situations at home/work. Even the small act of sweeping the floor, or putting something away can help me feel a little better. It doesn’t fix the problem, but it does make me feel productive. Hope things improve for you, thank you for commenting 🙂

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