Stress Relievers That Can Help Introverts Relax Before Big Social Occasions

By Joan Pastor

Part of Success as an Introvert For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re an introvert, just thinking about attending a big social event — especially one packed with people you don’t know — can make you feel anxious or tense. (And that’s especially true if your introversion is coupled with also being shy or highly sensitive.)

To get in the right frame of mind before you face a big crowd, charge your batteries by spending some restful time alone with a good book, a fun video game, or a favorite hobby. In addition, try these stress-busters before you leave for the big event:

  • Observe your surroundings, actively noticing the things you see, hear, smell, and feel. This exercise can help you stop stressing out about the future and get back “in the moment.” If you find it hard to focus on the things around you, simply close your eyes, breathe in and out, and focus on your breathing.

  • Think about five things you’re grateful for in your life.

  • Listen to music.

  • Take a walk or do some exercises.

  • Watch a favorite movie, especially one that inspires you or makes you laugh. Laughter isn’t just the best medicine; it’s also a terrific stress-buster!

  • Tense and then relax the muscles in your face and body.