The holiday season can be exhausting for introverts. Trust me, I know. Full social calendars aren’t exactly what we’re known for. Alone time, rest and relaxation are the most ideal ways to kick back. However, it’s possible to actually enjoy the holidays and all the social events on the calendar until January.
Here are my go-to tips for actually enjoying the holiday season when you’re a true introvert!
Make the Most of Your Free Time
I look forward to my alone time year-round. I like to curl up with a good book, light a candle and just be on my own. But this time of year calls for some extra appreciation of any free time. Of course, I love my friends and family, but it can all be a bit too much for my usually clear social calendar.
As an introvert, your free time is precious. Forget laying around and watching TV. During your free time, do only things that actually make you feel good. This is a great time of year to sit down and reflect. A guided journal is a great way for beginners to get started.
No One’s Perfect, and That’s Totally Fine
Please stop trying to do all, and be all. The holiday season makes everyone go a little crazy, and introverts can especially feel the race for time. It’s important to constantly remind yourself that there are some things you simply can’t control. I definitely have moments where I simply lose myself, and that’s OK. I let it out, spray an aura clearing mist (I know, I’m a little kooky, but this works for me) and move forward.
Don’t let your inability to say ‘no’ be the thing that breaks you. Go ahead, bring the wine to Thanksgiving, or pick up the last-minute pastries for a work party. But if you realize that things are starting to mount up for you, you need to learn to say ‘no.’
Planning Makes Perfect
Whether you have a work event, or you’re attending a friend’s party, you should always plan your exit. Don’t ever feel the need to stay longer than you’re comfortable with, anywhere. I’m extremely introverted and I easily get social anxiety as well. So, being around too many people drains so much of me. Taking people in doses is what works for me.
I make my rounds to say hello to people, and I take occasional breaks from the crowd. I do tend to leave early, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Just make sure that you thank your hosts before totally disappearing.
Put Yourself First
There’s a common misconception that introverts can be ‘selfish,’ which couldn’t be further from the truth. We just need to have our alone time. Our need for solitude has nothing to do with other people, and everything to do with how we need to recharge. Every human interaction takes a little bit of energy from us, so in order to get that energy back, we need to be on our own.
Introverts and highly sensitive people go hand-in-hand. But if you don’t take time to take care of yourself, then you’re setting yourself up for failure and a very stressful season. You really need to figure out your needs this season, and make sure that you meet them. That’s the only way to make the best of this time of year.
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