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One thing I learned from exploring introversion is that we don’t just preserve energy from solitude. We also gain energy. My friends never understand how I can go an entire week without going out and socializing. But if I want to have a productive day, staying home is my best bet.
I don’t feel completely alone because I have my pup and my boyfriend on Skype most of the time (he lives on the other side of the U.S. in Seattle). We don’t talk constantly, but we do have 20 min. carved into our day for face-to-face conversation with no distractions. He’s an ambivert, so most of the time he’s playing video games and talking on a mic to strangers (yeah, I don’t understand either). And I do my own thing as if he’s not even there.
A question I often get is, how do you even survive being at home for so long? So I thought it would be fun to share my Introvert Survival Kit that helps me live a full & happy life from the comfort of my own home.
This is a MUST to stay hydrated without just drinking water all day. This kettle boils water super fast so I can get to drinking my coffee or tea to start off my day.
The smell of coffee gives me life every morning. I especially love when I don’t have to leave the apartment for it. A French press is so easy to use and makes me enough coffee for 3 days. I usually put 2.5-5 heaping tablespoons of coffee and fill it with water, 1 inch below the brim of the French press. It’s important to turn off the electric kettle immediately after the water starts boiling, so it’s not too hot to burn the coffee.
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In Gainesville, I use Bitesquad to deliver my food (use this code for $5 off your first order: Y2V-INW3-I588). I ordered from them so much that they gave me an exclusive offer for free delivery at $5.99/month… They only provide this offer in big cities, but I’m a loyal introverted customer.
I pay for the convenience of food delivery because the energy I waste just by leaving home is worth way more than $6. Other popular food delivery services include Postmates (use code IEYYJ for $100 in delivery fee credit) and Uber Eats (use this code for $5 off your first order: eats-alexisg82).
Unfortunately, I live in an apartment, so I still need to go to the front office and pick up my packages. But Amazon Prime is a must for introverts that want to avoid bumping into people while running errands. Try Amazon Prime’s 30-day free trial here.
As a pharmacy student that’s lived in a college town for 7 years, my life is still that of an undergrad. Which means I loooove leftovers. This convection oven reheats leftovers and makes them taste just as good, if not better. My Introvert Survival Kit would be nothing without this!
No worries–you don’t have to wait to preheat the oven. Your food can be ready-to-eat in 5-10 minutes! My favorite part is you can reheat fries in here, and they taste crispy as if they’re straight out the fryer. Of course, you can also cook meals from scratch just like you would in an oven–just faster!
Working or studying at home naturally leads to anxiety for me. Often a change of scenery helps us reset and overcome anxiety. But leaving my apartment drains my energy. Instead, I use an oil diffuser to change the smell of my environment. Smell is our strongest sense, and it could completely change our mood.
I’ve had no problems with this oil diffuser over the past two years, and it’s my favorite to recommend! This essential oils kit has all the essentials… The eucalyptus and lavender oils are the best to calm anxiety.
At home, it’s easy to end up laying on your bed or sitting at your desk the entire day. Since exercise is important for physical and mental health, I incorporate an at-home practice that helps me get moving while saving money. I’ve tried a gym membership. Trust me, it’s impossible to not run into people at the gym. It’s like a social hunting ground.
I’ve been watching Yoga with Adriene the past 5 years, and she’s the perfect yoga mentor. She’s helped me stay comfortable on my mat while improving at my own pace. She also has yoga video for literally everything! My favorites are yoga for stress & anxiety, yoga at your desk, and power yoga.
This is my favorite homebody essential. I initially got one so I can hang out with my pup on the floor. Now it’s just the perfect way to take a break. I love lounging and watching TV shows or reading on here. This bean bag can even transform into a bed! This also means accidental naps are likely to occur. It’s THAT comfy.
Since I’m missing out on human interaction, I get my daily dose of “Alexis, this is how you should act in public” through watching my favorite TV shows. Always been obsessed with: Grey’s Anatomy and anything by Shonda Rhimes. Newly obsessed with: Jane the Virgin, Riverdale, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Alex, Inc.
I used the free month of Kindle Unlimited, and it was the best $0 I spent. I didn’t even know Kindle Unlimited existed until I was looking for some quick reads on how to adult. Apparently, it’s been around for a while, so they’ve had some time to accumulate a great collection of books.
I would’ve kept my membership if my boyfriend didn’t already have Audible. Nothing beats listening to a motivating book like You Are A Badass while doing laundry or walking your dog. Try Audible’s 30-day free trial and get two free audiobooks here.
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What’s in your Introvert Survival Kit? Let me know in the comments below!