hobbies for introverts

The best hobbies for introverts are mostly creative or quiet activities that can be enjoyed alone.

As an introvert, having a restful hobby to recharge is very important. Introverts nearly always need time to recover emotionally and mentally after spending time with others.

So finding good hobbies to do alone at home is important for an introvert’s emotional and mental wellness.

The great thing though is that there are many hobbies for introverts and you are bound to find a hobby you love so you can spend your free time recharging as you like. 

So if you are in search of new things to do during your free time, this post shares a list of the best hobbies for introverts to relax and decompress.

The best hobbies for introverts

Creative writing

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Creative writing is a fantastic way of expressing yourself as an introvert and is one of the best hobbies for introverts. 

Anyone can benefit from creative writing because writing can be a creative outlet, but introverts may not always feel like or want to talk to or share ideas and feelings so creative writing offers a cathartic outlet.

And if you are good at writing you can turn creative writing into a side hustle or even a full-time income.

You can write short stories or novels. You can also become a freelance writer and this can be a very lucrative hobby, career, or side hustle.

Wondering where to begin learning to write?

There are so many online courses you can take in places such as Udemy for example.  You can also watch videos on youtube on how to become a freelance writer. 

 

 

Watching movies

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Watching movies is fun for most people but this is also a great hobby for an introvert because you can watch movies alone and still have a great time or with a few close friends or family. Watching movies provides a fun and enjoyable way to decompress and even escape into another world. 

Just experiment with watching various genres until you find a few you really like and then watch as many as you can during your free time.

You can watch movies at home and it is now so much easier to relax at home and watch movies because there are now so many networks and subscriptions such as Netflix or Hulu that are not very expensive.

Watching movies is restful and cathartic, making it one of the best hobbies for introverts.

 

Puzzles

Doing puzzles is such a fun way to occupy your free time and is so good for the brain too.

Spending time alone is so much fun when you have a game you can play all alone and feel good too.

And working on puzzles such as jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, word searches, or sudoku boosts your brain power and improves your problem-solving skills. Introverts are thinkers and analyzers and so solving puzzles is so satisfying and so is one of the best hobbies for introverts. 

Not that you are not smart already but everyone can benefit from activities that challenge you to think. Working on puzzles is not only fun but boosts your memory as well especially short-term memory as you try to figure out which shapes belong where and this is a good way of growing new neural pathways and keeping your brain healthy. 

Plus working on puzzles gives you a good dopamine rush which boosts your happiness too. 

And because for this hobby you don’t need other people, puzzle solving is among the best hobbies for introverts.

So grab a few puzzles next time you go to the store and enjoy your alone time solving some fun puzzles.

 

Learn a new language

Learning new languages has so many benefits and makes for a great new hobby to start.

And as an introvert, you may wonder why you would want to learn a new language because you likely hate small talk and gatherings.

But you are a social being and a new language can be so handy.

You may have occasion to use your newly acquired skill as a speaker of a different language if you travel to a foreign country.

You can also use your new language to have an edge in some jobs requiring bilingual speakers, or an interpreter.

Plus learning new languages boost your confidence and improves your cognitive ability while also improving your short-term memory because you have to remember different words when learning a new language.

You have to think to learn a new language but the more you do it the more you boost your brain power and creativity.

Plus learning a new language also boosts your social skills.

Learning a new language may feel strange and uncomfortable but it is so beneficial and fun.

And nowadays you can learn a new language online on apps such as Duolingo which makes it so much easier to learn a new language.

Start a hobby of learning new languages and you will have found a great hobby that actually opens the world to you through the power of language. 

 

Volunteering

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Life is so much more fulfilling when we feel needed in this world. And while volunteering is one of the best hobbies for extroverts, introverts can also enjoy and reap the benefits of volunteering.

Although when you volunteer you are helping someone or an animal in need, you also benefit from this act of kindness. Life feels more meaningful and purposeful when we help others in need and it offers the volunteer great satisfaction.

Look for places to volunteer in your area such as animal shelters, for the homeless or abused women, and more.

Start helping others while enhancing your sense of belonging and purpose.

And although you will encounter others when you volunteer is a great way to go beyond your comfort zone and even make new friends.

And this is a good way to grow your social circle because although you are an introvert it feels good to have more friends, you just may not be with them all at once.

 

Bullet journaling

Bullet journaling is such a creative outlet and a fun way to write down your thoughts and reflections but is a whole art form.

And all you need is a notebook or a journal to get started.

You can section your journal just as you like with daily to-do lists, plans, and goals and a section for notes.

Decorating your bullet journal is what makes bullet journaling so much fun.

And as an introvert, this is a fun thing to do when you need time to yourself.

You can decorate your journal with fun stickers, or doodles, and add different colors with different colored pens so your bullet journal is as personalized as you like it. 

Bullet journaling is fun and the personalization makes this enjoyable. As an introvert you can escape into your journal for hours, making bullet journaling one of the best hobbies for introverts.

 

Reading

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Reading is one of the best hobbies for introverts. Reading allows you to venture out into a different world, travel to faraway lands, and meet new interesting people without ever having to live your house or talk to them.

Now that is a great thing for any introvert.

Plus when you read you go into this cocoon where you can go into your own internal world and take care of your mental health.

Reading is an especially great way to spend your free time, especially after being out in the harassing world you can come home to yourself and curl up with a good book.

And reading educates you.

Many introverts are deeply smart and great thinkers and partly because they are observers of the world.

They love to collect knowledge. When you love reading as a hobby then you educate yourself constantly.

It is challenging though to read this day due to the many distractions in our lives.

So you may want to consider Audible so you can listen to audiobooks while doing other tasks around the house.

Or head over to your local library and get stuck on books for free that you can enjoy reading any time you have some free time.

All you need is a free library card and as long as you return them in time, getting books from the library is free.

 

Vlogging

If you are a shy introvert you may at first find vlogging intimidating.

But never fear.

I see so many introverts on youtube who are doing excellent connecting with a targeted audience.

The good thing with vlogging is you record the videos in the comfort of your home.

And when you edit with the right tools your videos can be awesome.

Eventually, you will get a great following of people who love what you have to say.

It is almost like writing a book and people love your work plus it’s a great outlet for all the thoughts and ideas you have running in your brain all the time. Introverts have a lot of thoughts.

So share your passions whatever they are, there is an audience for you in the vlogshpere.

May it be cooking, baking, knitting, writing, or your love of dogs, some people want to learn from you.

So if you want to take on vlogging as a hobby, you can take a course, or simply watch Youtube videos on how to start your very own Youtube channel.

And what is even more fun is that if you don’t want to show your face, you can record youtube videos that don’t require you to be on camera. Now of course that will depend on the topic.

 

 

Drawing and painting

Drawing and painting are fun and relaxing hobbies and a great pastime when you want to be alone. When you need a quiet calming activity, painting or drawing nicely fits the bill to help you get back to yourself. 

And the good thing is that you don’t have to be great at it to enjoy it.

Just start and learn as you go.

All you need to draw is some pencils and paper, maybe charcoal. 

Or in the case of painting, a canvas, and some brushes and paint.

Start with simple drawing and improve as you learn more skills. And you can learn more techniques as you go and there are many teachers online whom you can learn from. 

It is no wonder why drawing and painting appeal to so many introverts. This art form is meditative and quiet and so satisfying and that makes painting and drawing some of the best hobbies for introverts.

 

Photography

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As an introvert, you are an observer and usually have a keen eye on things other people don’t see.

And that’s why photography is a great hobby for introverts because it gives you the chance to observe and catch moments others would miss and puts the spotlight on others, and away from you.

With as little interaction as possible, you can put your observation skills to use through photography.

And living in a time such as this you can put the advantages of digital photography to use with just your mobile phone, or a digital camera to take beautiful photos and have a hobby that you enjoy.

To enhance your skills, you can take a class on photography, invest in a quality DSLR camera and start taking fantastic images that you will be proud of.

You can take pictures of nature and many other elements and you can make a business out of it.

Yes truly. You can sell your photos to bloggers or large digital photography sites like Pexels, Pixaby, and Canva and there are so many more.

Photography is not only creative and fun but can be pretty lucrative and because you can take pictures without really interacting a lot with people, photography is one of the best hobbies for introverts. 

 

Playing video games

 Playing video games is a hobby enjoyed by many introverts although extroverts love video games too.

What makes video games one of the best hobbies for introverts is that you can play games with a few players or play by yourself, but even introverts do enjoy multiplayer games. plus many more.

But the good thing is you enjoy video games from the comfort of your own home and with online players, you don’t interact physically so you can still be yourself.

 

Blogging

Blogging is a great hobby and you can start making money from home as a blogger. And that makes blogging one of the best hobbies for introverts.

Anyone who loves to write may love blogging because it does of course require that you write blog posts.  Of course, you can blog for fun and just write and share your thoughts on a blog.

But if you want to take your blog to the next level, then you need to learn marketing skills such as social media marketing, SEO, and how to start a profitable blog which is a skill so many introverts on the blogosphere have already mastered and so can you.

And there are many online videos on Youtube too you can watch on blogging and learn the skills involved in having a successful blog. 

Head over to Pinterest or Google and search how to start a blog, or enroll in an online course.

And you will soon be on your way to becoming a blogging master you can grow your blog and reach thousands of raving fun without ever leaving your house. Blogging doesn’t require that you physically be with people and that makes it a great hobby for introverts. 

If you want to learn how to start a blog, there is one affordable and easy course by Suzi Whitford called Blog By Number that will teach you everything you need to know. I highly recommend this course because it helped me so much in starting my own blog.

 

Listening to podcasts.

There is a podcast for everyone and every mood these days.

And listening to podcasts is a good hobby for introverts because introverts are generally deep thinkers.

So listening to podcasts is a great way to learn different things and different opinions on various topics.

Besides podcasts can also be entertaining and a fun way to spend some free time.

You can listen to podcasts on commutes to work or long drives to pass the time, or when you are at home doing chores.

Podcasts are a great way for introverts to immerse themselves in a topic and learn more or simply listen for pure enjoyment.

Head on to Apple or Itunes and find some podcasts you enjoy and soon you may find that listening to podcasts has become one of your favorite hobbies making your alone time that much more fun and satisfying.

 

Pottery making

The best hobbies for introverts

Pottery is not only a great hobby for introverts but is also good for mental health.

The act of molding pottery is meditative in nature and the feel of clay in your hands is so soothing and relaxing.

And as an introvert, you can let your imagination lead you to make some gorgeous pieces of pottery to decorate your home, or even sell them.

This is a great hobby because it is easy to learn and so gratifying. After all, the final product is a beautiful piece of art and a practical item you can also use.

And the fact that you made it makes it even more worthwhile.

To learn this skill you may want to take a class to learn more and improve your skill. So if you are an introvert looking for a new hobby, try pottery.

The art of pottery making is quiet and meditative in nature and that is why this is one of the best hobbies for introverts.

 

Knitting and crocheting

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And before you even think it, knitting and crocheting are not just for old grandmas. So many young people including young men enjoy these crafts.

Knitting and crocheting are perfect hobbies for introverts.

I find knitting and crocheting so much fun and can spend hours working on a project. Knitting and crocheting allow an introvert to create beautiful projects and you don’t need other people around you when you are engrossed in a project.

But should you need a little company you can join small knitting and crocheting groups in your city.

Plus this is a great way to meet other like-minded people who share your passion when you feel like it. 

And so many good things about knitting and crocheting make it such a joyous hobby.

If you are really good, you can start a business selling the items you make

You can also turn it into a real career fashioned around teaching others online by vlogging if your introversion isn’t too much for that.

And you and all of these things and make a good income.

And there are so many things you can make that totally delight your imagination such as sweaters, scarves, hair bands, dresses, skirts, and shawls.

And if this is a hobby you want to try and don’t know where to begin, head over to youtube there are tons of knitting and crocheting masters there to teach you.

 

Hiking or nature walks

Hiking or nature walks are great hobbies for introverts. You can take long nature walks, go on hikes with a friend or two, or just yourself.

Either way, you reap tremendous benefits from nature walks. Walking in nature is great exercise and is an excellent way to get your daily exercise and improve your fitness.

So many many people stay cooped up inside at home or the office but when you take nature walks you release stress, and get to enjoy invigorating fresh air.

 

Cooking and baking

Cooking and baking are great hobbies for introverts. And the great thing is there are so many things you can learn to make during your spare time at home.

And these days you can learn a lot by watching video tutorials which are everywhere online these days.

You can watch cooking and baking videos on youtube, and Instagram, and read cooking blogs to find and learn different recipes to try.

You can also find great recipes on Tiktok and Facebook.

And this way you can pick up new skills in the comfort of your own home.

And learning to cook is a great skill to have because you can learn to cook your own healthy foods.

This spares you from buying overpriced ready-made food which may not be healthy especially fast food we all know it’s not healthy.

And it feels good to know you can confidently cook for yourself and your family took.

It offers you a great boost in self-confidence.

 

Gardening

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Gardening a such a fantastic hobby for introverts. Gardening is one of the best active solo hobbies for introverts, although extroverts enjoy gardening too.

But you don’t need people when you’re in your garden planting and caring for your plants.

And that makes gardening a fun way to decompress and enjoy some alone time.

Anyone who enjoys gardening knows that you commune with the plants and as an introvert that’s all you need at that moment.

And gardening inspires so much joy.

Planting a seed or seeding and seeing it grow into a gorgeous flowering plant, or producing food for you is so fulfilling. Gardening is so therapeutic and beneficial for mental health as well.

Research shows that working with the soil also exposes one to some beneficial bacteria that boost mental health.

Working in the garden offers physical activity so it is a form of exercise.

This course offers health benefits from physical fitness to increased happiness because exercise releases endorphins.

Plus seeing the results of your labor is so satisfying and fulfilling.

And you can grow your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs so you get to eat healthy foods that you grew yourself.

Plus gardening is a creative hobby. You can have so much fun designing your garden too.

If your space you can even incorporate little places to sit and relax in your garden with places to sit and relax.

But don’t let space deter you from pursuing gardening.

You can have a few pots to put on the balcony if you have one including indoor plants.

Taking care of plants is a great hobby whether you have a traditional garden or not.

So you get the physical health benefits as well as mental health benefits from gardening.

And if you don’t have a green thumb, no worries.

You can learn by following others’ garners online, reading about gardening, and learning how to keep your plans alive and thriving.

 

Making music

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Music is always a fun way to pass and learning to create music such as learning to play a musical instrument like the piano or guitar is so much fun and gives tremendous satisfaction.

And the good thing is that you can take music lessons either in person or online these days to hone your skills.

You can also create songs, and write lyrics which offers a great outlet to express your feeling and emotions.

Plus playing a musical instrument will help you feel accomplished and boost your self-confidence too.

 

Yoga

Yoga is such ad healthy hobby providing both mental and physical health benefits.

And the best thing about yoga is that you can do yoga right in your living room. And the fact that you can do yoga in your living room makes yoga a great hobby for introverts.

And then you also get to experience many health benefits of yoga. It is well known that yoga improves mental health, decreasing stress, anxiety, and even depression.

And when you do yoga, you improve your muscle tone, and flexibility, and boost weight loss.

And while all these are great health benefits yoga is awesome for introverts because let’s face it, introverts can easily get overwhelmed by overthinking and yoga helps one to channel excessive thoughts through breathing and relaxation techniques.

If you want to try yoga, you can simply watch and follow along on Youtube where there are several great yoga instructors.

Here is a great video to get you started with yoga today.

 

Journaling

Journaling is such a perfect way to channel your thoughts as an introvert.

As an introvert, there may be times you have thoughts or ideas that you don’t feel comfortable sharing.

Or you don’t have someone to share with and your journal is the perfect place to get all your thoughts down on paper and off your mind.

Sort of unloading especially the heavy mental stuff.

Journaling is a great hobby to have especially if like most introverts you tend to overthink things and situations.

It helps you to process life events and can be an eyes opener helping you to see beyond your blind points, especially when yo you use journal prompts.

Journaling facilitates self-discovery and also helps to uncover areas of your life that you unconsciously avoid, and in so doing you get an epiphany and self-understanding, and personal growth.

Journaling with prompts for shadow work or self-reflection, and discovery is a powerful way to grow, move on and become your best self.

journaling is a solitary activity and is therefore well suited for introverts who don’t always want to talk about feelings or events or worries.

Journaling at the end of the day as part of your night routine is known to help calm your mind and improve sleep.

Of course, you can journal at any time.

Morning journaling is great too and sets you up for a great day as you can lay your intentions for the day and put yourself in the right mindset.

So journaling is a good way to not only unload thoughts but also process thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

 

Jewelry making

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If you have a knack for making jewelry this is an excellent hobby for introverts. Jewelry making is a fun way to spend your free time, and it can be so gratifying when you make a beautiful piece of jewelry that you get to wear or gift to a friend or family member.

So if you are interested in learning how to make jewelry you can watch tutorials on youtube, or take a class in places like skillshare.

Start simple with inexpensive materials that you can buy from your local craft stores such as Hobbyloby, Michaels, and Joans.

And I am sure there are other places you can purchase materials online so you don’t even have to leave your house if you do want to.

But even if you don’t have a local craft store nearby, you can also order materials online.

In time your skill can get so good that you end up with gorgeous pieces you can sell and make a side income how fun and satisfying is that?

So introvert, you can take on this hobby and you will find it is a great way to recharge when you want some quiet time at home.

 

Self-publishing

Did you know that you can write a book and self-publish it? Yes, you can self-publish on Amazon KDP or Kindle Direct Publishing and it is so much fun to see your published work in spring and on display.

And even better is when other people think it is great and purchase it.

This is a fantastic hobby for introverts.

You can also easily self-publish journals, planners, coloring books, logs, and more.

To learn more about this fun and lucrative hobby, head over to Youtube and search for KDP publishing there are lots of videos on how to get started.

 

 

Adult Coloring

Adult coloring books can provide hours of delightful fun for anyone needing to quiet their mind but are especially suited for introverts who need time alone to recharge. Coloring is also one of the best hobbies for introverts with anxiety and depression.

And the best thing is these days there are so many fun adult coloring books to choose from.

You can purchase motivational adult coloring books, biblical verses coloring books, floral, mandalas, animals, and the list of choices can go on and on.

Just choose a fun adult coloring book you would enjoy coloring, get some colored pens and pencils, and enjoy quote calm moments of coloring and producing fantastic masterpieces in the process.

 

Fishing

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Although fishing can be enjoyed in the company of others it is for the most part a solo hobby and great for an introvert to sit quietly waiting for the catch while enjoying the outdoors.

It can be a great time to reflect on things and very calming.

Plus you can get your very own fresh fish for dinner, or if you like just return the fish back.

 

Camping

It takes a brave introvert to go camping alone, but even an introvert can enjoy camping with a close friend or two and this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and live it rough for a day or two.

If you are an introvert who loves nature, camping would be an enjoyable hobby and is so relaxing.

There is nothing like the natural world to restore your spirits because being in nature is such a balm for mental health.

So with the right camping gear, you can have a great time exploring different camping grounds and communing with nature.

Solo Travel

For introverts, traveling solo is an enjoyable way to explore new destinations and have unique experiences without the inconvenience of accommodating other people’s preferences during the trip.

When traveling alone, you have the freedom to create your own itinerary and pursue your desired activities which can make the trip more fun for you.

So if you enjoy traveling try solo travel and enjoy some alone quality time. 

 

Final words on the best hobbies for introverts

If you are an introvert looking for a new hobby, consider a few of the hobbies listed above. Finding a good hobby you enjoy will make your alone time so much more fun. 

Start spending quality time at home or away from home engaged in an activity that brings you joy without exhausting your delicate sensibilities.

And in this list, I hope you find a hobby you will love. 

Frequently asked questions about the best hobbies for introverts

What is a good hobby for an introvert?

As listed above, there are many hobbies that introverts enjoy. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Writing
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Reading
  • Coloring
  • Video games
  • Hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Photography
  • RVing is also a favorite among introverts

What are physical hobbies to do alone?

As an introvert, there are many physical hobbies you can do alone. Solo physical hobbies for introverts include gardening, cooking, hiking, biking, swimming, dancing, or even working out at home. These activities allow you to enjoy some physically invigorating activity while enjoying time alone.

How do you entertain an introvert?

To entertain n an introvert, you need to keep in mind that large crowds are not a good idea. Introverts can enjoy small intimate groups. Try to make them feel included without suffocating them.

Playing board games, like one can be fun. Scramble is a fun board game many introverts enjoy. watching movies is great playing video games, hiking, camping, listening to music, or playing music together are all fun ways to entertain an introvert. You can also cook or bake together for fun.

How do I spend time alone?

Being alone should not stop you from doing things you enjoy. You can have a solo movie night. You can watch a movie at home or go out to the movies. Take yourself out on a date.

Trust me it’s fun. Go to your favorite restaurant and then go to the movies. You can also go hiking, you can join a book club if you enjoy reading. You can volunteer and meet other people that way. So there are many fun ways to spend time alone.

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