If you’re a self-proclaimed introvert who is looking for new ways to spend your alone time, read on. We’ve compiled a list of 15 tried-and-true hobbies you’re sure to love!
Okay, so writing may fit the stereotype, but we’d be remiss not to start our list with this introvert-friendly hobby. From journaling and blogging to writing poems and novels, writing is a great way to express your thoughts, feelings, and pent-up creative energy.
2. Listening to Podcasts
One of the most enjoyable pastimes for any true introvert is listening to fun, educational, gripping, or thought-provoking podcasts. Simply download a free podcast app for your android or iPhone, and browse hundreds of thousands of audio podcasts on any given topic. You can also check out YouTube for free video podcasts.
3. Making Art
Contrary to popular belief, virtually everyone has a creative side. Many introverts enjoy drawing, painting, pottery, hand lettering, and fiber arts like knitting, crochet, and embroidery. There are lots of free and inexpensive resources for budding artists who prefer flying solo. Bluprint offers over 1,300 online classes, and Zentangle is a fun and relaxing drawing method that’s completely beginner-friendly.
Sure, introverts don’t love crowds, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like venturing outdoors. Photography is a great way to see the world from a fresh perspective. Best of all, you don’t have to splurge on a high-tech camera. Check out this video by Pixel Village, which features tips for taking photos with your cellphone.
5. Playing an Instrument
It’s easier than ever to learn to play an instrument. Even if you have no interest in joining an orchestra or band, there’s no feeling like mastering a piece of music you love! A quick Google search for guitar or piano lessons will connect you with instructors in your area. You can also check out YouTube for free online instruction.
6. Physical Activity
The key to sticking with physical activity is finding one you absolutely love. Introverts tend to prefer solo or one-on-one activities, like biking, kickboxing, running, gymnastics, swimming, dance, or tennis. The possibilities are virtually endless.
7. Cooking or Baking
There’s something incredibly satisfying about whipping up a home-cooked meal or a batch of cookies made from scratch. Whether you’re cooking or baking for yourself, friends, or family, you’ll likely enjoy the process as much as the results. Either look for cooking classes in your area or visit YouTube for beginner cooking tips. We love this video by Gordon Ramsay, which covers five essential cooking skills, including cooking pasta and rice, sharpening a knife, chopping an onion, and deboning a fish.
Become one with nature by taking up gardening. Whether you plant a flower or vegetable garden, or you grow herbs in your home, you’ll reap the rewards of planting a seed and watching it grow. For beginner gardening tips, check out this video, featuring 10 easy to grow vegetables for beginner gardeners.
Introverts may be quiet, but that doesn’t mean their minds are. Meditation is a great way to let go of the flurry of thoughts and worries so many of us deal with on a daily basis. To get started, find a quiet spot and download a meditation app like Insight Timer, Calm, or Headspace.
Some of the most fulfilling hobbies are those that help us help others. Consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. Most shelters need dog walkers and bathers, or you can spend some valuable time cuddling with abandoned animals. Even a small amount of time makes a big difference.
11. Learning a New Language
Thanks to modern technology, you can learn a new language without ever leaving home. Consider taking an online language class in Spanish for example, or download a language-learning app like Duolingo.
If you’ve always dreamt of visiting a faraway place, why not take an adventure on your own? Traveling solo means you have complete control of your itinerary, so you can go anywhere and do anything. Wondering where to go? We love this solo vacation guide published by U.S. News.
Compared to some of the above-mentioned hobbies, puzzles may seem humdrum, but with so many varieties, you’re bound to find a type of puzzle you love. From crosswords and word search puzzles to sudoku, traditional jigsaws, and puzzle apps, why not try them all to find your favorite?
14. Starting a YouTube Channel
While the thought of being in front of a camera may conjure up some anxiety for most introverts, carving out your own space on the internet might just spark your creative side. Consider recording tutorials, DIY projects, or share snippets from your everyday life. This beginner’s guide is an excellent place to start.
Watching documentaries is an excellent way to learn about new interests, topics, and cultures. Once you dive down the documentary rabbit hole, you’ll be on a constant mission to find the next compelling true story. Netflix has a decent selection of documentaries, and Top Documentary Films is chock-full of films on a variety of topics.
Enjoy Your Solo Time, and Pencil In Time with Others
The above-mentioned hobbies are excellent options for introverts. In addition to your much-needed solo time, be sure to prioritize meaningful relationships with others. While we value our alone time, even the most introverted homebodies need connection. Communication is important, but it’s just as vital to surround ourselves with people who are content with quiet togetherness and appreciate our introverted nature.
“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured. Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.” – Susan Cain