Today, 2nd January is World Introvert Day. It could not come at a more perfect time for introverts like me. Most people have spent the last week meeting up with friends and family, rarely having time for ourselves. Although it is good to spend time with others, the Christmas period can be hella draining.
I for one am feeling the effect of all this socialisation, I’m knackered and I need to recharge my social battery, as that sucker is empty! How do I recharge my battery you ask? Well, this is a book blog so…….
- Plan to spend the day reading
When I don’t have time to read I feel lost, I can’t focus and I feel hella stressed. If however, I plan a day that is just reading I have that to look forward to and life seems easier. All you need for this is a book, duh, snacks and a comfy blanket topped off with a beverage of your choice for the perfect day.
2. Visit the library
I’m the kind of introvert that sometimes doesn’t want to be in the house but does not want to interact with other humans also. That makes sense right? To balance this I go to the library, it’s full of books and I can sit on a sofa and forget the world.
3. Audiobooks in crowds
Crowds are my hell! Whether that be when doing the Christmas shopping in December or doing paperwork in the office. The noise is too much, I get flustered and sometimes have a panic attack. To combat this I listen to audiobooks, they zone me in so I forget how many people are around me and I feel calm. Without them no one would have got their Christmas presents this year!
4. Always carry a book
A book is like a shield against the world or extra points on your life meter. When I have a book with me I feel safe. It’s strange but it has always been like this for me. I’m thankful for technology because if I forget my physical book I know I have hundreds of eBooks to read if I feel overwhelmed. Top tip: ebooks are fantastic for social gatherings, physical books too antisocial? Fine, I’ll just pretend I’m on Facebook when really I’m reading Mwahahaha.
5. Book Friends
Nothing makes me feel happier than being able to discuss books with other people. Social gatherings would be so much easier for me if everyone read. I’m lucky to have a bf who has started reading fantasies who actually asks about what I’m reading and it makes me feel relaxed to talk about books when stressed. Sadly not many of the people I talk to in person are into reading so I find socialising hard, I mean what do non-readers talk about! That’s why I’m so thankful that I started this blog and talk to amazing people daily on the book blogger discord server! So thankful that Evelina @ Avalinah Books added me to the group. It makes life easier knowing there are people to fangirl over books just a second away!
Are you an introvert? How has reading helped you?