The Importance of Self-Care for Introverts

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Introvert Entrepreneur"

By Katie Corbett

 

In a world that heavily values extroversion, it can be easy to keep saying yes to people and attending social events because you feel like you have to. I fell into this harmful pattern during a two-year time period when I was between jobs. I thought that since I wasn’t working during the day, I would now have time for all the social events I could possibly attend. I quickly learned that I needed time to recharge.  I used to let myself get so busy that I didn’t make time to care for myself. It would result in me being forced to stay home for at least one night because my body demanded a recharge after having done an activity several nights in a row.

 

In “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” by Beth Buelow, the importance is noted of taking care of yourself, especially if you know you will need to be social. Here are some fun things I do that help me relax.

 

  • I enjoy reading.
  • I have fun solving Sudoku puzzles.
  • I like to play guitar.
  • I enjoy spending time with one or two friends.
  • I spend time out in nature.
  • I like to bake and then share treats with my friends.
  • I enjoy gardening.
  • I like sitting quietly and sipping a cup of tea.
  • I like talking on the phone.
  • I enjoy taking classes and learning new things.

 

Each of these interests developed over time. It’s important to do what you enjoy. If you are taking time to recharge, you will be a better business owner, job-seeker, and overall person.

 

I encourage you to find creative ways to take care of yourself. I’d love to hear about your favorite self-care pastimes. Feel free to drop them in the comments.

 

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Work Not According to Your Feelings

Katie Corbett holds the book "One Month to Live"

By Katie Corbett

 

Feelings can be helpful. They can tell us when we are in danger, when we are in love, or when we feel passionate about a business idea. They can also encourage us to procrastinate, form unhealthy habits, or lash out at those we care about. I try not to let my feelings get in the way of my work, and I think this is a key element of my success thus far.

 

When I read, “One Month to Live,” by Chris Shook, I was going through a lot of change. I wanted to improve and become my best self. At that time, it meant experimenting with new hairstyles. Here are some questions to consider as you decide how you are going to act based on your dreams and goals, rather than letting your progress be dictated by your feelings.

 

  • What would you do if your body only had 30 days left?
  • If you don’t act, what will you regret?
  • How could you improve yourself?
  • What has been on your list for a while that you have not taken the time to accomplish?
  • What excuses are you ready to part with?
  • When you look back on this month, what do you want to say you have done?
  • What do you wish you had taken the time to do sooner?
  • What habit would you like to form?
  • What habit would you like to break?
  • What change would you like to see inside yourself?

 

Think about your most compelling answer. Do you want to work out more, lose weight, drink more water? Is there something else you’d like to achieve in the next month? Determine the first step and take that step today.

 

I’d love to learn what you’re hoping to achieve. Let me know in the comments, and share this post with a friend who could use some encouragement to go after their dreams.

 

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Benefits of Acupressure

Katie Corbett holds the book, "Accupressure's Potent Points"

By Katie Corbett

Acupressure is the practice of using pressure, usually applied with the fingers, to alleviate pain or discomfort by pressing on various points of the body. It might seem strange that I’m talking about this in a blog mostly about career books. This is why I bring it up.

“Acupressure’s Potent Points,” by Michael Reed Gach, provides step-by-step instructions to use acupressure to treat common ailments. From allergies to nausea, from headaches to cold and flu symptoms, the book provides ways to feel better. Some reasons I have grown to love this Asian medical technique are:

1. It is quick: The guide’s instructions are easy to follow and take only a few minutes.
2. No equipment is needed: I can use just my hands, so I don’t have to worry about having special tools with me.
3. The techniques can be applied anywhere: Whether I’m in my home or at the office, as long as I know what to do, I can use acupressure.
4. It doesn’t rely on medication: I’m definitely not opposed to taking medications when necessary, but there’s something so freeing about eliminating pain without putting chemicals and who knows what else into my body.
5. Acupressure can help in a variety of situations: I have mostly used it to assist with nausea, menstrual cramps and headaches; it’s amazing what else it can help with.

Here is a list of all the symptoms the book provides acupressure instruction to treat. If one or more of these are issues you face, pick up a copy of “Acupressure’s Potent Points” and follow the directions to start noticing improvements:

• Acne, Eczema, and Other Skin Problems
• Allergies
• Ankle and Foot Problems
• Anxiety and Nervousness
• Arthritis and Nonarticular Rheumatism
• Asthma and Breathing Difficulties
• Backache and Sciatica
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Colds and Flu
• Constipation
• Cramps and Spasms
• Depression and Emotional Balancing
• Diarrhea
• Earaches
• Eyestrain
• Fainting
• Hangovers
• Headaches and Migraines
• Hiccups
• Hot Flashes
• Immune System Boosting
• Impotency and Sexual Problems
• Insomnia
• Irritability, Frustration, and Dealing with Change
• Jaw Problems (TMJ Problems)
• Knee Pain
• Labor, Delivery, and Nursing
• Memory and Concentration
• Menstrual Tension, Cramps, and PMS
• Motion Sickness, Morning Sickness, and Nausea
• Neck Tension and Pain
• Nosebleeds
• Pain
• Pregnancy and Infertility
• Shoulder Tension
• Sinus Problems and Hay Fever
• Stomachaches, Indigestion, and Heartburn
• Swelling and Water Retention
• Toothaches
• Wrist Pain (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis)

As you can see, there are many uses for acupressure. I hope you will give acupressure a try to see if it will work for you. Who knows? Something you thought you had no choice but to suffer through might be treatable with this amazing knowledge of your body and how it works.

Note: I am not a doctor, and any advice I give on this blog is not to be taken as medical advice. I’m merely providing information about a technique that I have found to be effective in dealing with common aches and pains. Consult your doctor to get advice from a medical professional.

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