If you’re an introvert, you know there’s basically nothing better than a night in. Sure, hanging out with “your people” can be fun, but you can only handle so much socializing. Even if you’re having a good time, eventually you need to abandon ship and recharge your energy — at home, in your own space, doing your own thing. You probably already have your own favorite “night in” products and activities, but if you’re looking for some new things, here are 5 ideas that can help make your recharge time even more chill:
1. A Girl’s Night In subscription box
Delivered to your home once a month, this box is already introvert friendly — no leaving the house to fight through crowds at stores. The box includes a book or arts/craft project kit, as well as 4-6 other items, like bath and body essentials, hand-crafted candles, herbal teas, healthy recipe ideas, a soothing Spotify playlist, and other things that will help you unwind.
The creator of the box, Shereen Lehman, is an introvert herself. She started A Girl’s Night In because she wanted to make something special for introverts. “I thought if I, as an introvert, ordered a subscription box, what would I want?” she says. “I decided I’d want things to help me relax and recharge my batteries. We all know how we feel when the people-battery is low.”
The book in the box is usually related to introversion in some way or includes an introvert in the story. The craft is meant to be something fun and easy you can do at home. Things you won’t find in the box? Many women told Shereen, “Please don’t send t-shirts or something that says, ‘I’m an introvert’ because I don’t want that much attention.”
You haven’t been left out, guys. Shereen also offers “A Guy’s Night In” box.
Get the box for $39.99 a month here. It also makes a great gift for introverts who are hard to shop for.
2. Books, of course
I asked Introvert, Dear readers what they’ve been reading lately and why they think their book would be a great choice for introverts. Here are their recommendations:
A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming, by Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, and Thomas Peisel
This book can help introverts “create an ideal, mystical, enchanting world of their own and even practice empowering themselves in a safe environment.” —Liberty
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), by Felicia Day
Actress and geek culture icon Felicia Day is a self-proclaimed introvert. Plus, “it’s all about her ‘different’ upbringing and all the challenges that made her the weird, amazing, talented, unstoppable geek goddess we geeks revere.” —Danny
The Irresistible Introvert, by Michaela Chung
“It’s packed with insight, advice, beautiful sentences, stories, and guidance for introverts. It’s a must read because it covers everything an introvert should know.” —Marko
Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain
“Introverts would enjoy it because Beryl (the main character) was unconventional and ahead of her time, but she always stayed true to herself.” —Yvette
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
The book includes characters who are introverts, even if “they aren’t labeled that way.” The main character “spends a lot of time in his head” and “has a lot of insight” to offer. —Maha
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
“The protagonist is a principled introvert who gets pushed around but remains true to herself, and is eventually rewarded with love and the respect of her family, who realize she was the one person they ought to have been listening to all along. It’s satisfying!” —Elizabeth
Introvert: The Friendly Takeover, by Linus Jonkman
“This is not only a book that introduces to you what an introvert is, but it gives valuable life lessons from the path of an introvert. Linus Jonkman backs up his arguments with his psychologist background.” —Jolene
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
“J.K Rowling is an introvert. Harry Potter is an introvert. He has few friends and he seeks peace from solitude.” —Nuruzzaman
3. A mermaid tail blanket — yes, really
Ariel in the Little Mermaid wanted to “be where the people are.” If you’re an introvert, you probably want to be where the people aren’t — especially on your night in. Regardless, you might like cozying up in this cute Mermaid tail blanket, which you can purchase on Etsy, starting at $65. If you’re crafty and you don’t want to spend that much money, you can buy this mermaid tail pattern for only $4.18 and make your own.
4. Essential oils + diffuser
This InnoGear Aromatherapy diffuser has seven pretty “mood” lights and three different working modes so you can change the level of mist ($19.95 on Amazon). I use this lavender oil at bedtime ($14.95 on Amazon) and this chamomile oil when I’m relaxing at home ($9.99 on Amazon).
5. Introvert Dreams coloring book
If you’re an introvert who likes to color, check out Introvert Dreams, the first coloring book with an introvert theme. Dedicated to anyone who has ever felt the need for quiet, Introvert Dreams tells the story of a girl and her cat as they slip into the pages of a magic book. It’s made by yours truly and two other introverts. You can get it on Amazon for $9.96. Don’t forget the colored pencils.
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