Introverts, Rejoice: The Fall Season Means Getting Cozy at Home

An introvert enjoys the fall season.

Sept. 1 hits and the pumpkin take-over of every coffee shop, bakery, and grocery store begins. The world rushes to the nearest Starbucks to order the first PSL of the season and every social media account even slightly related to food posts the first of hundreds of pumpkin dish videos.

And, if you’re anything like me, you breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Not every introvert loves the fall season, but here are three reasons why many introverts (quietly) rejoice when the temps start to drop and the leaves start to change.

Why Many Introverts Love Fall

1. We’ve successfully survived the countless invites to summer activities.

Every student, career person, and stay-at-home parent knows that summer is the time when you finally see that person you’ve been texting all year (“Hey, we should hang out sometime”) but had yet to plan anything because of the adult person’s ridiculously busy schedule. This leads to almost every summer weekend being crammed full of barbecues, family reunions, trips to the cabin with your old college pals, endless coffee dates, and the “vacations” that were planned a year or 24 hours ago.

Sure, these activities can be fun, but they’re rarely restful. In fact, they can be downright exhausting — mentally and physically — for the introvert.

For us “quiet ones,” weekends are practically sacred. They provide us with precious recoup time. But in the summer months, weekends often become stuffed full of social obligations, and even the vacations we planned with the intent of relaxing hardly ever achieve that goal.

Therefore, when September rolls around and our calendars slowly but surely become more sparse, introverts breathe a sigh of relief.

2. It’s finally socially acceptable to be a hermit.

The fall season basically gives introverts permission to embrace their stay-at-home nature. Clouds, wind, and rain often lead to people opting to stay inside — or even cancel plans altogether. And fall soon gives way to winter. Cold temperatures and piles of snow even further legitimize the introvert’s desire to hunker down at home.

Also, there just seems to be a collective understanding that everyone turns their focus back to work and school in the fall. Everyone’s schedules fill up with various projects or homework, providing a universally-accepted excuse to stay home. When September hits, people fall back into the rhythm of getting up, making coffee, getting the kids to school, and going to work themselves. The “fun” of summer drifts away and the peace of routine returns — much to the joy of the introvert.

3. Fall activities are the stuff of many introverts’ dreams.

Candles, hot drinks in mugs, reading, movies, and baking all conjure up images of rainy fall days. These are the quiet activities introverts live for — and literally draw life from. In autumn, we’re free to fully embrace the activities we long for year-round without getting any side-eye from friends or family. The rain and chilly temperatures and crisp fall days create the perfect environment for the introvert to cozy up with the activity of their choice. As the introvert settles in for a day of rest, the relief of the coming rejuvenation is palpable.

3 Introvert Ideas to Take Advantage of the Season

As much as introverts may adore the idea of fall, sometimes the days can become mundane when we start doubling down on work or our studies. Also, with the days getting shorter, some introverts start feeling the onset of the “winter blues,” becoming lethargic and depressed. (Introverts may be even more prone to the winter blues than extroverts.) So here are three ways introverts can keep their spirits up and take full advantage of this glorious season.

1. Plan a baking day.

For me and many of my introverted friends, there’s no better way to ring in the new season than with a proper baking day. Go through all your saved videos on Instagram and Facebook of the fall recipes you’ve been dying to bake. Or, discover the perfect pumpkin coffee cake recipe by trying out ten different recipes. Invite a good friend over for moral support, taste-testing, or to serve as your right-hand chef. By the end of the day, you’ll likely be covered in flour, have a full stomach, and have found a new recipe to add to your cookbook.

2. Get outside.

The crisp days of fall are sometimes few and far between, so when they come around, taking advantage of them is a must. This might look like finding an orchard and picking your own apples or going to a pumpkin patch and picking your pumpkin from the vine (it doesn’t have to be Halloween to do this — pumpkins make great fall decor and can also contribute to your baking day).

Another activity that takes no planning or traveling is to take a stroll through your neighborhood and collect fall leaves. This can also become a friendly competition between a friend or significant other of who can find the most vibrant leaves. Later, you can press and save them to commemorate the memories.

3. Binge your favorite shows or books.

As lovely as it is to curl up on the couch and flip on Netflix, sometimes it can become a struggle to choose a new show or to stop watching The Office for the tenth time. Instead, make an event of it and try marathoning. Whether you’re a Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Pirates of the Caribbean fan, the options are endless. Or you can always make a list of your favorite rom-coms or classic movies you’ve never actually seen and decide to watch them all that weekend. This might be the perfect activity after baking with a friend — no extra snack purchases (or chitchat) necessary.

A quieter option would be to marathon-read books. My favorite activity is re-reading my favorite series. Re-reading books is like coming home to old friends, and re-reading a series simply prolongs this comforting feeling.

Whether you love fall or not, you have to admit that it brings something all of us introverts enjoy: calm and quiet. 

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An INFJ at heart, Lauren is currently studying for her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in the rainy, evergreen state of Washington. In all her imagined free time, she enjoys reading historical romance, watching dog videos, planning trips to places she cannot afford, and stress baking. She is a firm believer that there are no ordinary people; everyone has some extraordinary in them.