Popular summer activities like loud beach parties don’t really excite introverts. Quite the opposite, actually.
This personality type seeks quiet solitude and tends to focus on their inner world, and things like spending a day on a crowded beach don’t really help with that. For this reason, most of the popular summer activities are just not for introverts.
However, there are some less trendy options which are perfect for the quiet ones.
Summer is traditionally associated with going out and socializing. People engage in outdoor activities and participate in social events with greater enthusiasm. Warm weather and plenty of sunshine make most of us want to go out and enjoy some time outdoors. So everyone is out for a coffee, a drink or just a walk.
With so many people everywhere, many introverts actually find summer more draining than exciting. It seems that wherever you go, all your attempts to have a quiet walk will be sabotaged by the loud crowds of teens and kids and your thoughts will be interrupted by some kind of noise.
But you know what? Summer opens new opportunities for having a great time even if you are extremely introverted.
Check out the following list of summer activities. Most probably, you will like at least some of them.
1. Walking in nature
Introverts always seek inspiration in nature. It gives them the opportunity to recharge their batteries and find some tranquility to put their thoughts in order. What can be better than sitting or walking under the cool shadow of the trees on a hot summer afternoon? You can also take your book and music with you or practice some meditation.
Let extroverts gather together in the sunshine – we introverts will always prefer peaceful walks in a shady park.
2. Going to a secluded beach
At the same time, if you are an introvert, it doesn’t mean that you don’t want to embrace some sunshine, does it? After all, we all need some sun exposure to replenish our levels of vitamin D and function properly. As a matter of fact, vitamin D is extremely important for our mood and mental health.
So what does an introvert do if he/she wants to do some sunbathing? Going to a secluded beach, of course! It may be far away, rocky and difficult to reach. But the pleasure of not being surrounded by a noisy bunch of strangers compensates it all.
An introvert will never prefer an organized beach even though it may be equipped with comfy sunbeds, beach bars and all the nice things. While most introverts find amenities important, the comfort of being away from the crowded places can’t be compared with anything else. Because when you are in a too “peopley” place, you find it difficult to enjoy yourself and the place itself.
So no matter how beautiful a beach may be, if it is too crowded, it’s simply impossible for you to chill out and appreciate it. Instead, you feel overwhelmed with all those strangers around you and get irritated by the constant voices, laughter and noises.
3. Camping or backpacking
If you are an introvert who lives in the urban environment, I’m sure you always try to spend your vacation somewhere in nature, such as in the countryside. Why not try getting even closer to Mother Nature?
A camping experience will require compromising some everyday conveniences you are probably used to. But believe me, it’s worth it. Moreover, with plenty of smart gadgets and sophisticated equipment available today, you don’t really need to compromise anything. The most experienced and fearless folks can also try backpacking.
Going camping with your special someone or a couple of good friends will give you a year’s supply of tranquility and quiet. Away from the city with its constant hecticity and ubiquitous noises, the only things you will hear are the voices of birds and the sound of the wind/sea.
You will feel truly connected with nature and all the living beings on Earth. Practice some meditation and grounding techniques to deepen this connection.
This absence of noises, stress and crowds is what can make any person, and especially an introvert, deeply relaxed and calm.
Stargazing is for sure one of the most favorite summer activities of all introverts and deep thinkers.
How many vague thoughts, blurred emotions and feelings of unexplained homesickness we experience when we are looking at the hypnotic infinity of the night sky!
It’s almost as if some distant, unknown homeland is calling us through this starry grandeur. This is when we realize how tiny we actually are. We feel like a part of something bigger, just a tiny drop in the immense ocean of the universe.
Moreover, in August, stars are particularly bright and easy to observe. If you are far from urban centers, you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye. It’s also a golden time for watching meteor showers as the sky is dark and clear.
So make sure you plan some stargazing nights in August and don’t forget to make a wish when you see a falling star!
If you can’t go far from the place you live in, why not have a picnic in a park or in the local woods? Just go out and enjoy some fresh air in the company of your closest friends or family. This is one of the simplest yet most inspirational summer activities that can help you get closer to nature.
Just call a couple of friends, get some snacks and fruits, take some good books and music with you and have an introvert-friendly summer party in the park. 🙂
6. Solo biking
What about getting active? As an introvert, you may not be a fan of group workout classes or competitive sports. However, we all need to practice some physical activity every day in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally.
Biking is a perfect solution for those who want to stay fit without engaging in group activities. Moreover, it doesn’t belong to the category of exclusively summer activities and can be practiced all year round.
Just think about the feeling of speed with the fresh air embracing your face and playing with your hair while the warm wind is whistling in your ears. Do you really need company for that? I don’t think so.
In fact, solo biking is a sort of meditation which makes you stay mindful of the process. After each ride, you will see how your negative thoughts and worries disappear as if blown away by the wind.
Take the time to enjoy summer activities before autumn knocks on the door
August is about to end and summer is getting ready to make way for its chilly and sad successor – the fall. Many introverts love autumn as this season with its cold rains and dull weather encourages quiet activities like staying at home in the company of tea and a good book. However, before summer ends, make sure to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of this warm cheerful season.
What other summer activities do you like as an introvert? Please share them with us in the comments below.