As introverts, we gain access to a pretty exclusive club. Let’s talk about some fun hobbies that are perfect for introverts.
Card-carrying introverts of the past and present include Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, J.K. Rowling, and Al Gore, to name a few. In fact, introverts make up about half of the population, though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it. We listen more than we speak, and we enjoy less stimulating activities and situations.
Sometimes living in a highly extroverted society exhausts and challenges us, but we can find great success if we make some time for ourselves to decompress.
For us, hobbies represent more than just a way to spend free time. They give us an escape from the social focuses of our daily lives, a time when we can recharge and think.
Here are ten fun hobbies that allow introverts to do just that:
1. Play/do single-person sports.
Team sports, involving long hours of running and shouting around others, don’t always appeal to introverts. However, many of us like to exercise! Introverts tend to enjoy solo-focused activities like running, biking, swimming, kayaking, yoga, or hiking. Sports that involve less interaction with others such as tennis, boxing, or group classes at the gym may intrigue you as well.
2. Travel alone.
Introverts experience wanderlust just as much as extroverts. Luckily for us, it becomes easier to take solo trips all the time, as retreats pop up all over. When we travel alone, we can explore the spots we really want to see, taste the food we really want to taste, and crawl back into our cave to recharge at the end of the day. Win-win-win.
3. Start a collection.
Introverts love to notice detail and silently assess— what better way to do that than collect something? Stamp collecting, one of the most popular options, gives us insights into the time and the place that the stamp originated from. It’s also an activity that we don’t need others to help us start. Just search online for interesting periods of time or places, and see what comes up.
Not only is meditation enjoyable, it can help us refocus and reenergize on days when we can’t make alone time. Though introverts speak less than our extroverted cohorts, we often struggle to quiet our minds since we think (and sometimes overthink) about everything as it happens. Practice meditation for only a few minutes a day to see how it can benefit both your mind and your energy levels.
For the introvert who spends the whole party in the kitchen playing with the host’s pet, you might get a lot of joy out of volunteering at the local animal shelter. Animals are cute, fun, and don’t wear us out like hanging out with humans. Other types of recommended volunteering include working in a community garden or cleaning up the neighborhood. Doing good sure feels good.
Reading is a classic introverted activity that no list like this would be complete without. Introverts love getting lost in a book and pondering its meaning. We get the best of both worlds when we read: spending needed time alone but also transporting ourselves to another world with our world-famous imaginations.
Something you might want to try to spice up your reading time? Attend a silent reading party. Read alone within a group for a couple hours, and afterward, you may even feel up to talking a bit with your fellow readers.
7. People watching
Introverts might not always want to hang out with people, but by golly, if we don’t want to observe their behaviors. Imagining why people do the things they do can entertain an introvert for hours, whether sitting in a park, wandering around a fair, or strolling through a mall. Sometimes when in a party scenario, watching people interact captivates us more than engaging in conversation ourselves.
8. Snap some photos.
Spending some time observing the world behind the safety of a camera lens is one of the most fun hobbies for many introverts, for obvious reasons. Photography allows us to decide how close or far we position ourselves. Plus, with subjects like nature or animals, we may not need to interact at all. Since smartphones come equipped with great cameras now, introverts need not even invest in an expensive camera to get started.
9. Watch movies or educational TV shows.
As we mentioned with reading, introverts love nothing more than getting lost in another world. Watching movies or TV shows transports us away with little to no effort. Treat yourself by going on your own to see a movie on the big screen; it’s surprisingly therapeutic. Also, watching TV or movies is a great way to spend time with others when we just don’t feel particularly loquacious.
10. Listen to music or podcasts.
Music can help us clear our headspace when feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Similarly, listening to podcasts, especially suspenseful ones like Serial, sends us into another headspace, where we can quietly consider the events as they unfold. Many podcasts combine education and entertainment so fluidly that we feel completely relaxed while we learn. You can even listen to podcasts about the challenges of being introverted. How meta is that?
Although living as an introvert in our overstimulating and oversaturated world challenges us daily, many of us thrive when we take the time to focus our energy. After partaking in fun hobbies like the ones listed above, we find ourselves refreshed, relaxed, and ready to face whatever comes at us. That’s when the magic happens.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elliott Garrick is a passionate writer with an affinity for stamps collecting and crafts. She materializes her hobbies by contributing to PostageStamps101.com. She likes to consider that writing is her own way to socialize.