The Introvert’s Guide to Outdoor Recreation

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You’ve figured it out—why you don’t like spending hours on end at an incredibly loud party, you’ve been at work all day and would rather come home and read a book than grab drinks at happy hour, or maybe that group fitness class just isn’t for you. You’re an introvert, often mislabeled as shy when in reality you often just feel more energized reading a book than partying all night. And the thing is you still enjoy the outdoors but can’t always find a way to recharge in nature the way you crave. We’re here to give you a few suggestions on how to recharge in the outdoors (and avoid the crowds!).

1. Take a hike

Want to hit the trails but don’t want to be bombarded with groups of people or a greeting from every person you pass? Jump online and find a lesser known trail. You can also deter trail chat by throwing in some headphones, with music or even without! Just make sure to be aware of your surroundings and practice proper trail etiquette. And when heading out into the wilderness alone, always make sure to tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. Also, you don’t need to be in the wilderness to do this. Throw on your running or hiking shoes, and go explore a nearby park.

2. Start a garden

Want to get your vitamin D fix but don’t want to drive hours into the mountains alone? Start a garden outside. Whether it be a planter box or entire yard, gardens can be a great way to reset mentally while getting a physical workout in. Take that weeds!

3. A book + a canoe

Reading, drawing, and writing in nature are all great ways to recharge yourself. Fresh air, sunshine, beautiful scenery, a book, and snacks. What could be better? Find a spot, local or not, grab your favorite book or a journal, and head out. I’m partial to paddling on a small pond or stringing up a hammock for the day. Remember to glob on some sunscreen!

4. Stargaze

Find yourself drained by some slightly tipsy campfire banter, and feeling like you need to get away and recharge? Say you’re going to go stargaze for a bit! Everyone will admire your admiration of nature, and if others say they want to tag alone, sitting in silence while you recharge your batteries and look up at the stars with friends is a great way to do it!

5. Explore a new hobby

Learning something new PLUS getting outside? Sign me up! Take a class, watch a Youtube video or grab a pro, and head into nature with a camera, fishing pole, or a backcountry stove with some fresh ingredients. Get outside and get learning!

I get it, sometimes it’s hard to get away or get yourself to head outside on your own. But nature isn’t there just for hiking groups or kayaking classes, and you don’t necessarily need to travel hours into the mountains to enjoy some fresh air. Whatever you end up choosing, there are an infinite amount of creative ways to help any introvert get outside, enjoy nature, and recharge.



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