Introverts are people who are not so comfortable in social occasions, and therefore, the ways they choose to have fun is quite different than other people. Leisure time, when you are an introvert, can well be things that no one else would like. Here are some examples.
1) Staying home alone.
When social occasions are way too stressful, sometimes it is better just to chill at home, in the environment that is familiar, without having to struggle for communication that doesn’t come too easily. We often need the time to just do our own thing, and avoid stressing about the impression we make on others.
2) Going out by ourselves.
We introvert people also often enjoy to go out on our own, doing the activities we choose to do without being accompanied by others. Cinema or art galleries are a great example of this: we feel the need to enjoy an art piece and delve deep into it, without having to over analyze it with someone.
3) Solo sports.
Team building exercises and ice-breakers are usually tough times for introverts. Team sports require a level of socialization that is not achieved so easily. We prefer to go for a cycle or a swim, lost in our thoughts, or spend a day writing and painting alone.
4) People watching.
There is nothing more fascinating that examining the behavior of others. We understand a lot about socialization that is not a naturally easy process for us, and get to know people from a safe distance.
5) Daydreaming and night-thinking.
When it is so hard to share thoughts with others, we tend to build them up inside our heads, and we need to spend a lot of time with them, consumed, in order to figure them out. We can get lost in our heads, being absent while looking present, and we often spend time trying to sleep, because our minds don’t want to quiet down.
It’s easy to see why it can be hard for extroverts to understand introverts. It’s such a different way of being. But the world needs a balance of these two types of person and neither is better than the other. The important thing is to accept who you are and not force yourself to be more outgoing than you are. There is no shame in spending an evening alone – just you and your macramé, oil paints or stamp collection. Embrace your introversion and make time for the leisure pursuits that support you.