It’s a common must-have for introverts – quiet places to go where we can collect our thoughts, indulge in a peaceful past-time, or simply daydream.
Where can we go to be alone, quiet, and get our energy back? Everywhere is different; Some of us live in large cities, some in small towns.
I sat down and compiled a list of places introverts can go that are easily accessible, cheap (if not completely free) and most importantly, quiet.
- Okay, let’s start with the obvious…a library. Even in this fast-paced world libraries have managed to retain their reputation for being hushed and noiseless. If you find yourself in a library consider a stroll through the shelves as well as sitting quietly. Who knows? You might discover a new interest or author.
- Study halls at schools and universities often have quiet sections where only reading and quiet study is allowed. Take advantage of the rules and take some time out for yourself.
- Have a bicycle? Get on it! Put on some headphones and have a leisurely ride. Let your mind wander and perhaps discover somewhere you haven’t been before.
- If you have a car, take advantage of the pleasures of a solo drive. Take a pet with you if you like, and leave the tunes at home.
- This one is a little unconventional and isn’t for everyone; A cemetery. You’re almost guaranteed not to see a single living soul (no pun intended) which makes for uninterrupted bliss. If your town or city has a long history, do a little exploring and find some of the oldest headstones. If you’re a writer, it could provide some rich inspiration.
- A tree is such a simple (and completely free!) sanctuary from a noisy world. Choose a tree out of the path of people that is going to be comfortable to lean up against or lie under. Take a cushion and a blanket for extra comfort and indulge yourself in a quiet past-time.
- If you are near the coast, visit the most unpopulated beach you can find. I don’t have to wax lyrical about the calming nature of rolling waves and a gentle wind. A quiet beach is a perfect natural habitat for introverts.
- If you live in a rural area, quiet lanes and fields are an introvert’s playground. Pack a lunch-for-one, take your favourite book and breathe in some country air.
- If going out isn’t your cup of tea, create a quiet sanctuary/reading corner in your house or your own room. Create a canopy with some lovely fabric, scatter cushions liberally, and get cozy. If you live in a noisy house, a $2 set of ear plugs from the pharmacist will take care of that!
- If you live in a city, find a tall building that has a viewing platform at the top not frequently used by tourists. Being high above the noise of the city while looking out to the horizon can not only be calming but can provide valuable perspective.
Over to you! Where do you go to be quiet and to decompress? Feel free to share your favourite spots in the comments below.