It can be a hectic and overwhelming world for an introverted soul.
Team working environments. Insistent emails. Social events. Busy public transport systems.
Sometimes, I get home at the end of the working day and breathe a sigh of relief.
And then, I realise our curtains are open and the neighbour’s kids are watching me walking around in my ugly onesie pyjamas.
Or, my phone starts ringing, shrilly demanding my attention.
Or, I run out of tea and have to make the challenging decision between going down to the shops at peak hour or going tea-less.
Even our quiet, reflective times can be interrupted and we’re left feeling vulnerable, drained and frustrated.
It’s more important than ever to build our toolkit of replenishing techniques and practices, to help us regain our energy, protect our alone time and honour our introverted needs.
Here are four gentle mindfulness practices I use every day to soothe my introverted soul:
Stuck in a busy place (or a busy headspace)? Take some time to deliberately slow yourself down by taking a few deep breaths and allowing everything else to become quieter. Close your eyes and consciously focus on taking slow, deep breaths and pay attention to the journey of the breath as it flows in and out of your body. It’s amazing how much this simple practice can calm an overwhelmed introvert and help us take a quick break from the busy-ness around us.
Introverts tend to be naturally reflective and a regular journaling practice can be a great way to get some of those thoughts out of our minds! Keep a blank journal next to your bed and before you go to sleep at night, write down anything important to you in that moment. Perhaps, it’s a feeling or a persistent thought. Maybe, an event which happened during the day. Or, a few things you’re grateful for. Anything which feels important to you in that moment.
With all that thinking we tend to do, it’s likely that we hear a few negative and self-critical thoughts fairly regularly. It’s important to maintain a casual awareness of our thoughts and to identify the ones which hurt and hold us back! Try to replace those thoughts with positive or comforting affirmations- something more helpful.
Here are a few you can try:
I am safe, loved and free.
I embrace everything about myself and appreciate my uniqueness.
I allow myself to spend time alone when I need to.
Go for a slow, meandering walk through your neighbourhood or a nearby park and practise being mindful using one (or all!) of the tips below.
Note: If you don’t have time to go for a longer walk, simply try to be mindful as you walk to the mailbox to collect the mail, or from the couch to the kitchen! Every effort counts.
- Explore the different colours around you by taking the time to find and name them.
- Feel the solidarity of the ground beneath your feet as you walk.
- Notice the temperature and how it changes when you walk in the sunshine, rain or shade.
- Tune in to all the different sounds around you.
- Try changing paces and explore how the various speeds feel.
You can also check out this article with a further three interesting mindful walking techniques you can try!
The wonderful thing about these mindfulness practices is they are gentle and soothing for our introverted natures and they can easily be incorporated into everyday life!
Which one will you be trying out today?
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