If you consider yourself introverted like myself, you probably find very little interest in crowded places or big social circles. Some introverts prefer being completely alone while others don’t mind a little bit of company.
Regardless of where you fall on the introversion scale, here are 17 interesting hobbies for introverts that you’re going to enjoy.
Gardening is a great way to channel your energy into a productive activity. You will enjoy the feeling of watching your plants grow from scratch and blossom into something beautiful (or edible).
Even if you don’t have a spacious backyard, you can still grow some potted plants in your house. Great thing is, you get to talk to your plants, and they won’t ever talk back.
Talking to plants is a proven way of getting them to grow faster. So no, it’s not in the least bit crazy.
Learning a new language can be a satisfying experience. The good thing is you can do it all by yourself at home. Download a language learning app and get started.
For some introverts who feel better talking to people behind a screen, language learning platforms will work well. Once you download the app, you can find a learning exchange partner.
You won’t only find a way to pass the time but learning languages has been proven to boost brain development.
Video games, online games, or just old school games on your computer are good pastimes. It’s easy to get started, and you can do it alone.
With so many options of games to choose from, you will never get bored.
Some online games allow for multiple players, which could be a great way to interact with other people in a less intimidating manner. You can even learn a thing or two from the games.
Being an introvert should not mean keeping yourself cooped up in the house all day.
There are plenty of outdoor activities that introverts can do.
Taking on solo or small group activities like bicycling or hiking, or tennis helps to get active. Getting some fresh air will do you some good.
Going on a solo vacation is an exciting way to spend time alone while exploring the world. You can choose where you want to go and decide what you are going to do.
You get to go to many different places and have a first-hand appreciation of unfamiliar cultures.
These days, because of virtual traveling, you don’t even need to leave the house. Try taking it a notch up by using simulated travel. Take a trip all over the world in the comfort of your own home – introverts paradise!
Most introverts love to talk, just not with other people. As a result, their minds are often in overdrive, creating rich single-person discussions. This can get quite overwhelming, which is why meditation is a fitting hobby.
Taking up meditation will help to calm your mind and focus your thoughts. It is a great way to re-energize and get in touch with your inner self.
And no, you don’t have to go into all the spiritual stuff. Find YouTube videos and learn how to meditate to calm your mind.
Well, this one’s a little obvious. Watching TV will help you explore the world without ever leaving your house.
Losing yourself in a great movie is a fantastic stress reliever. My personal favorite is binge-watching entire seasons of TV series.
Admittedly it’s fun following all the characters from the TV shows. It gives you an escape from reality, which we all sometimes need when life gets real.
Getting lost in the music will help you energize or wind down. Music is captivating to everyone, including introverts.
More than just listening to music, you can learn to play an instrument. It doesn’t mean you have to join a band. There are plenty of one-person instruments you can play.
You can also learn to sing if that interests you. (or sing in the shower). Music is a wonderful de-stressor that you can use to pass up the time.
As cliche as it may sound, writing is the best hobby for introverts. Many introverts usually overthink everything. Finding a way to get those thoughts out is a liberating feeling.
There is no limit to what you can write: memoirs, books, fiction, plays, or nonfiction. If you don’t know where to start, sit at your computer (or get a pen and paper) and start writing whatever comes to mind. You don’t have to define it.
The best thing about this hobby is that you might make some money out of it – ask JK Rowlings.
A collecting hobby is easy to start. You can collect just about anything. From stamps, toys, nail clips (no judgment here), or comics, the list is endless.
Find something that interests you and start making your collection.
Who knows, you might find your way into the Guinness Book of records.
Cooking and Baking
Spending hours creating good food in the privacy of your own home, no conversations involved. If this isn’t the definition of fun, then I don’t know what is.
Cooking or baking gives you the chance to experiment with different recipes. What’s more, you get your loved ones raving about your cooking.
There is no end to the fun of learning new recipes or even finding new hacks.
Best of all, you get to save money and eat healthily- it’s a win whichever way you look at it.
Watching things (or people) in their environments is a cool hobby. It helps you to see things differently.
For example, water watching is one fun activity you can try. Sitting next to a river, intently watching the water. You observe how the water moves, the ripples, the waves; it’s all so fascinating.
Not only does this give you a chance to sit quietly for lengthy periods, but it also helps you to learn new things.
There are many other mainstream watching hobbies you can try, such as watching birds, satellites, or wildlife. You can pick one or as many as you would like to try and go for it.
Some forms of art you can try include painting, adult coloring, or drawing. Artwork is one activity that gives you total control.
Pick and choose from a variety of colors, mediums, or styles. With this hobby, you can tap into your inner creativity and make masterpieces (or just stickmen is fine). You don’t have to be a professional and must give yourself the time to learn.
Artwork also helps you to focus and forget everything else that’s going on around you. It’s a wonderful way to relieve your mind from the constant marathon that’s going on in there.
From repurposing old things to D-I-Y furniture or home repairs, there is plenty of stuff you can make that is not only interesting but saves you money.
The great thing is you don’t have to be an expert at anything. You can find a how-to guide for literally anything.
To get started, find something that gets you excited and get the tools you need. For example, I like to do beadwork. I get to make pretty necklaces. And the fun part is I don’t even have to leave the house (or talk to anyone).
While this requires an adequate level of computer skills, it can make a wonderful hobby. With a little bit of enthusiasm, you can create some good programs. Not only is this a great way to spend some time alone, but it also can be quite lucrative.
On top of that, it helps you sharpen your mind. To get started, enroll in a programming course or get some books. You might discover the Bill Gates in you.
Podcasts and Documentaries
Introverts are deep thinkers (most of the time), this is why listening to informative podcasts, and in-depth documentaries is stimulating and fun.
Podcasts help you to hear thoughts and opinions different from your own and learn about new things.
Following a series of podcasts and documentaries is sure to keep you hooked.
At first glance, this might not sound like something an introvert would like. But research has shown that socializing makes people happy – including introverts.
While it may be more challenging as an introvert to engage in social activity, social media helps a lot. Talking to people on social media allows you to overcome some of the anxiety of real-life conversations.
By joining discussion boards or social media groups, you can get into healthy discussions with other people and still pull the plug when you start to feel overwhelmed.
It’s crucial to find a hobby that suits your personality type. But being an introvert can make it hard to get a past time activity you enjoy. Try some of these exciting hobbies to liven up your spare time.