Yummi Yogi’s guest blog post by A Strong Foundation

Being an introvert has advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes you struggle in social situations, but you also have
a very grounded personality. If you, an introvert, are looking for ways to build your self-esteem and work on
practicing self-care, consider these tips:

1. Pursue the Degree and Career You Always Wanted
What you do for work is such an integral part of your everyday life, you want it to be something that makes you
happy. If you’re looking for a change, chase your dream career. Step out of your comfort zone and choose an in-
person university, or if you’re more comfortable working from home, check online degrees with accredited
universities. Before committing to anything, shop around to find competitive tuition rates. For example, if you love
the culinary arts, there are ways to work in that field online. As long as you enjoy it, it’s self-care.

2. Start Focusing on Your Physical Health
Start focusing on your physical health and you’ll see an improvement in mental health as well. Gyms are often
intimidating for introverts, but thankfully, there are many ways you can get in a workout without going to the gym.
Even something simple like taking the stairs rather than an elevator will get your heart rate up and your blood
pumping. Go for a walk during your work lunch break or when you get home from work. You can also start
practicing yoga, which can boost your health in a number of ways, from increasing your muscle strength to
improving your cardio and heart health. You can join a class or follow along with video tutorials at home. The point
is this: Anytime you can work in a small workout, you’ll be glad you did.

3. Try Something New
If you’re feeling bold, try something a little out of your comfort zone. Plan a party for your friends or take a cooking
class. It doesn’t have to be something social. You can learn to knit or sew at home. Work on a DIY project you didn’t

think you could do. Research shows that trying something new requires courage but keeps you from boredom and
helps you grow as a person. It also opens up the possibility for personal growth and character development. It
doesn’t mean you have to give up the things in life that make you feel comfortable. It’s just a great way to
incorporate new things every now and then.

4. Enjoy Your Alone Time, Guilt-Free
Never feel guilty about your introverted ways. It’s part of who you are, and you should nurture it from time to time.
For example, plan a couple of nights a week where you turn off your phone and spend some alone time working on
something you love. It could be a television show or a project you’ve been thinking about. Just make it a relaxing
time where you feel happy and comfortable.

5. Prioritize Mental Health
Long gone are the stigmas around mental health issues. Therapy is a common source of mental strength for many,
and it’s a great resource when you need help. You can access mental health experts from the comfort of your laptop
or smartphone from anywhere in the world. It’s a convenient way to get private one-on-one time with a therapist.
Search for apps that offer varying specialties and free consultations to find the right doctor or counselor for you. It’s
often more affordable than in-person meetings.

Being an introvert doesn’t confine you to your quiet space permanently. You find ways to enjoy life among others
without overwhelming yourself. With a little self-care, whether it’s exercise or just spending some guilt-free time
alone, you’ll eventually find the perfect balance.

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