I’m sure, as you have been reading the title of today’s blog post, you were wondering what this will be about. Maybe you questioned yourself if you would learn something new reading this. I can assure you, you will!
Why? You ask.
Because the majority of us introverts, even though we spent so much time alone and with ourselves, have no clue how to properly take care of themselves. And let me tell you, I didn’t know about it for the longest time, too!
In times of pandemic outbreaks like the coronavirus, it is now more important than ever to sit down for a second and think about what you need to maintain a positive and happy mind. But – this can be harder than you might think, especially if you don’t live on your own and/or have to take care of more than just yourself.
Why is taking care of yourself so important right now?
Your mental health directly influences your physical well-being. Ignoring your needs is the worst thing you could do for yourself, especially if you want to maintain a positive mental state to help others in these tough times.
Not taking care of yourself in the right way will cause stress in your body, which ultimately will be the cause of unnecessary inflammations. Also, this might trigger headaches, back pains, and many more issues you don’t want to deal with during a pandemic outbreak.
So here are some quick tips, to help you keep a healthy and happy mental state while hopefully staying fit during the coronavirus outbreak as well:
- Do something you REALLY LOVE doing. As long as it’s not going to increase the risk of you (or someone else) getting infected by the virus, you shouldn’t refrain from doing things you love doing. It really doesn’t matter if it’s reading, playing an instrument or doing yoga. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do it, because there are children around or your partner needs you to keep him or her company. Take some time off duty and do for at least ten minutes something you really enjoy doing despite having a hundred other things waiting on your to-do list.
- Vitamines. I recently talked about this in my Instagram Story, and I will do it now again: Don’t forget to take your vitamins! I absolutely recommend supplementing Vitamin D3. It instantly makes me feel a lot more energized than before, and I feel like taking this every day lifts my mood a lot. I honestly don’t know where my mental state would be without it. So I can’t stress enough how important I think that it is for introverts to supplement Vitamin D3 (and other essential vitamins!). Of course, I’m not a doctor, and if you are unsure about it, you can always check in with your doctor before starting to supplement Vitamin D3 just to be on the safe side. But often you have to try it out yourself to see if it’s helping you or not.
- Keep up a routine/schedule. And this should include all the necessary hygiene stuff you wouldn’t forget about if you still were allowed to leave your home without fearing a fine or getting the coronavirus. It’s so important to have some kind of schedule. Especially as an introvert who tends to get very lost in negative thoughts, which can drastically change the mental state you are in! Having a routine keeps your mind busy and helps you to concentrate on the things you’re currently doing without worrying about the future or (even worse) the past. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to get up at six in the morning if this wouldn’t be something you would normally do! But if you don’t even have to work from home, the next days or even weeks will be really tough to handle for you.
Below you’ll see my current schedule just for inspiration. I’m still a student. Therefore, my work periods during the day include writing on my bachelor thesis, blog posts, script podcast episodes, and all those things as well! What you consider work periods might be different and take up more time during your day at home. 🙂 This is only to give you an idea and inspiration.
- Talk to people. I know this sounds weird for an introvert to say, but it’s so important to talk to someone outside of who you are, maybe self-quarantining with. Talk about what’s going on inside of you, and don’t try to oppress your feelings. Journaling might help you for a while, but eventually speaking with someone about what’s going on in your head is necessary. Especially if you’re already feeling off and slightly depressed. Don’t hide your feelings, show them, and talk about them – NOW!
I hope these quick tips for your time of self-quarantining (alone or with someone else) helps you to survive this strange and challenging time. And if you ever feel the need to talk about anything that is going on right now, feel free to message me on Instagram or join the international introvert group on facebook.