It is closing in on summer, and that means that I will be strapping on my backpack for some awesome creative adventures!
I will hop on the train somewhere I like, spend some hours there exploring/visiting a museum/journaling/drawing/whatever I want and then head home again.
I have these adventures while being a complete introvert, and I wanted to share the ways I keep my introvert side protected while being out and about.
1. Have me-time on the train
I do most of my journaling on the road, most of my reading, too. I just love to sit, listen to shards of a conversation I pick up and write, write write. I often make notes for future blog posts from ideas I get while the train takes me along lots of different landscapes. Headphones are an awesome way to get even more into my own world.
2. Do audio tours in museums
You learn a lot while listening, and no one bothers you as they are in their own world too.
3. Pick your moments to connect
I often sit at group tables for lunch, or on park benches where others can join me, and I have pleasant enough conversations then.
4. Have routines to calm down
One of the things I really hate is being in crowds that move me along. It does happen sometimes, even when going to a city during the week. I often go to the bathroom afterward and focus on my breathing, or find the nearest park. Both do wonders to calm me down again.
5. Accept the reality
“Stop acting up, you are an adult.” Saying things like those to myself don’t help me any with social anxiety. What does help is nourishing myself, and giving myself what I need to have a great day.
6. Always be kind
I always strive to be kind to others and to myself. I smile at the woman at the checkout, and at the man guarding the room with the paintings I want to see. It doesn’t cost me anything but it does give me a boost of energy when I see a smile break through on their faces.
No matter what, I love having my creative adventures. And of course, sometimes I do some stupid things or blabber when I don’t know what to say. That doesn’t take anything away from having a great time!