Ah, summer. The time each year when everyone comes out of winter hibernation, and there seem to be summer activities galore–parties and weddings and festivals for months on end! As an introvert, I feel anxious at the mere thought of all this back-to-back socializing. And if you’re anything like me, you’re okay with social outings as long as you have equal time to yourself; this can be challenging in the spring and summer, when there’s so much external (and maybe internal) pressure to show up.
Nevertheless, I think it’s important to give yourself time to recharge, no matter how often or how much. Here are some fun and creative summer activities that will help you honor your inner introvert; she deserves it!
1. Go foraging in your neighborhood.
Unless you live near an orchard (lucky you!), it’s a little difficult to go fruit picking at this time of year. So why not stay in your own backyard? Check out Falling Fruit to find out what fruits might are growing around you. I found out that there’s a blackberry bush a couple blocks from my house!
Good for: fruit lovers; nature enthusiasts
2. Visit an animal sanctuary.
If you’ve never visited an animal sanctuary, now is your chance. Most sanctuaries give free or donation-based tours, and it’s so fun to meet the rescued animals who have endured so much and now live peacefully. As an introvert, I love spending quality time with animals who want nothing more than to be loved!
Good for: animal lovers
3. Go on a bike ride.
Whether it’s in the countryside or the city, an afternoon on a bike is a great way to practice a moving meditation and clear your head. Map out the ride beforehand or simply explore without an agenda.
Good for: cardio junkies; nature enthusiasts
4. Take yourself shopping.
On days when the heat outside is too much to bear, head inside for some retail therapy. Even when I don’t have a lot of spare cash, it can be fun to window shop and try on clothes. Actually, I prefer shopping alone so that I can linger without worrying about another person becoming bored.
Good for: fashion fiends
5. Start a kitchen project.
Churn ice cream, bake a pie, preserve your foraged fruit…the possibilities are endless! When I’m cooking, I like to listen to my favorite podcasts or Netflix. As an introvert, I’m also innately sensitive, so sometimes I need distractions such as these to get out of my own head.
Good for: foodies
6. Visit a museum.
A museum is an introvert’s best friend. See if you can get a workplace/student discount if you’re tight on money. Don’t forget to rent the optional headphones to learn about the paintings, sculptures, etc.!
Good for: art lovers; creatives
7. Take a trip solo.
It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling 30 or 3,000 miles away: spending a few days on one’s own is an introvert’s dream! I personally love taking the train to NYC and walking around the boroughs. If you have a car, drive to a nearby town you’ve never explored for a new adventure.
Good for: those with a case of wanderlust
8. Let yourself do absolutely nothing.
As introverts, we spend a lot of time navigating two dichotomies: our social obligations and our need to be alone. Instead of fighting the latter, give yourself a day to simply be. Cancel any nonessential plans and allow yourself to do whatever you need to make yourself feel whole, even if that means taking two naps. You’ll feel better having done it, I promise!
What are your favorite solo summer activities?
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