I think every introvert knows from personal experience how important it is to have time alone for themselves after a long day of social interactions.
It is crucial to spend some quality time alone for us introverts to recharge our social batteries, and by quality, I mean doing activities that we enjoy and that are worth investing our introvert alone time in.
Sitting in a dark corner staring aimlessly at nothing is not the healthiest way to go about recharging your energy, although some lone souls will argue with me on that point. Nonetheless, here is my list of hobbies for introverts and even shy people, that I believe are 100% worth your introvert alone time.
6 Best Hobbies For Introverts To Do Alone
Reading is life-changing. It’s that important.
All you need to do is find a quiet place and you’re all set to grab your favorite book and get lost in a whole nother world. But aside from the joy and entertainment, a novel can bring you after a long draining day, reading about other non-fiction topics that interest you is absolutely eye-opening and like I said life-changing.
One of the advantages of being an introvert is our ability to autodidact ourselves.
Our brains are most alive and active when we are alone. We can get laser-focused on any subject matter at this stage. That’s why reading is one of the best hobbies to invest your alone time not only for your entertainment but to also autodidact and educate yourself.
Learning a new language was my favorite summer activity back in my high school years. It may seem a boring thing to in the summer for dear extroverts, but for me, the joy of being able to spell words in other languages and forming whole sentences by the end of summer was well worth my time.
There are lots of benefits to learning new languages. It may be handy in your professional life in the long run. It is fun to make learning a new language one of your “ introverted activities” to do alone.
But most importantly, it’s a great way to sweep away that invisible barrier between cultures. It’ll be your ticket to sharing your culture and immersing yourself in other ones. I believe introverts who travel alone will benefit from this the most!
And don’t ever be put off by the fact that we’re not that social to learn a second language. Remember autodidactism anyone? Yeah. Alone time, hard work, and consistency are key for us introverts to learn new languages.
Cooking by yourself in an empty kitchen is such a stress reliever, you should definitely give it a try!
The way I see it, every hobby that involves making something- anything from scratch is beneficial for introverts and would make a suitable hobby to do in our alone time. But cooking ( especially baking ) is on a whole other level of suitability. Not only does cooking take little time to get to the end result, but you’re also going to eat that result. If treating yourself to something delicious and hand made doesn’t bring joy after a stressful day, I don’t know what else will.
Beautiful things take time to come out. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about gardening for the past 5 months during Quarantine.
This Covid situation has been hard for me despite being an introvert and naturally enjoying a stay at home. I think a lot of introverts will relate to this sentiment.
Gardening helped me immensely and took my mind off stressful news about this disease. Doing gardening teaches you a necessary quality that will come in handy during your lifetime which is patience.
You do research, buy seeds, plant them and wait …wait ..wait for months to get to finally see a beautiful plant start growing in your garden. The self-satisfaction you get from this process is well worth it.
Gardening may seem hard to newbies, but it’s actually quite easy if you take it one plant at a time, and honestly, youtube is a great source to learn gardening.
Every introvert I met and had the time to know is a nerd at heart. Programming is the hobby for nerdy introverts.
It’s actually the perfect hobby that can be turned into a business making good money in the long term for introverts and shy people who prefer to work alone from home.
This is the 21st century and people are moving more and more towards relying on machines and systems that are run through algorithms written in programming languages. The opportunities you’ll get at mastering this hobby are endless. It is smart to invest your alone time in mastering this skill. So I definitely advise yong introverts to give this a try before starting College.
Introverts are not the best communicators out there but they sure make the best writers. And blogging is all about writing you know.
So I wanted to try blogging ever since I started reading about introversion, but the process seemed too complicating and I’m a simple woman. But I ran out of excuses in this Quarantine and started blogging, and let me tell you, it’s all about knowing how to write genuine and valuable content, the rest is easy to learn and you don’t really need to be tech savvy to blog.
Blogging gives you the opportunity to share your voice with the world and write freely about a topic you’re passionate about or at least interested in, without being the center of attention and most importantly without even leaving the comfort of your home.
It’s also a hobby that lets introverts talk about themselves and their feelings easily, they can seek emotional support from their readers without barriers, which is extremely hard to do in real life.
I personally see it as a therapeutic hobby and it actually can turn into a profitable business if you are willing to put the effort to make it so.