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7 Things to Remember if You’re an Introvert

If you're an introvert, there have probably been more than a few instances that have left you uncomfortable. Whether it's small talk or turning down an invitation to a party, there are often a few things you have to remember if you're an introvert. It can be easy to feel uncomfortable if you're not like those who love to hang out with large groups of people or go to karaoke bars. Rather than feel uncomfortable the next time you're in one of these situations, try to remember these tips!
1. You Don't Need to Be at Every Party
If you're like me and always feel guilty for missing things, like parties, stop. It's perfectly fine if you want to skip a party every now and then. Don't let guilt put you in situations you don't want to be in. If you're an introvert, you probably don't always to be at that party, and you probably don't want to be in big crowds all of the time. That's okay!
2. You Might Be More Productive Alone
You might enjoy study groups and working in coffee shops, but you most likely prefer to work alone. If you do, don't feel bad. It's fine to love to work by yourself, and you may find that you're even more productive on your own than in a group of people!
3. Don't Let Yourself Shut down
As an introvert, you need time to recharge and recuperate after you've spent copious amounts of time in social situations. Rather than let yourself get to a point where you physically cannot keep going, try to recognize beforehand that you need a break. Your body and mental wellbeing will thank you!
4. You Don't Need to Come out of Your Shell
Everyone probably tells you to come out of your shell. I know that I personally can't count how many times I've been told this. You don't need to come out of your shell, unless you're becoming a shut-in, and then you have a different problem altogether. If you're not a shut-in, don't worry about the people telling you to change your life. Do what works for you.
5. Try Writing
Introverts often communicate better when they're writing. Whether you prefer writing to in-person communication, or just need to write in a diary to get your thoughts out, writing might be the perfect hobby for you. It's solitary, and can help you clear your thoughts.
6. You Don't Need a Lot of Friends
This goes back to coming out of your shell. You probably have a few good friends. You don't need hundreds of friends, especially as an introvert. If you have one or two good friends, that's all you need. You probably prefer it that way anyway!
7. Don't Be Scared of New Activities
It can be easy to close yourself off from any new experiences. You're unsure and nervous. Don't be afraid! Try to adjust to the situation by watching before fully assimilating into it, and you won't be as nervous to try something new!
Are you an introvert? Do you ever have these problems or experience something similar? What do you do to try to fix the problem? My go-to tip is to always just remove myself from situations I don't want to be in, whether I'm feeling uncomfortable, or simply don't feel like socializing anymore. Let me know your tips for introverts in the comments!

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