6 Valentine’s Day 2019 Ideas For Introverts

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The notion of going out into thronged crowds of over-excited people and entering high-stress environments like an overcrowded restaurant? Nope. No thanks. For many introverts, the idea of Valentine's Day isn't particularly comfortable. While extroverts can handle big crowds and lots of social interaction easily — and, indeed, thrive on it — introverts struggle because their "rate of arousal", or capacity to respond to stimulation, is very sensitive. Introverts can be very easily overwhelmed by stimulation from the world. "Time alone, one-on-one conversations and predictable situations are more likely to be pleasant for introverts who are more sensitive to external stimulation," explained Belle Beth Cooper for Fast Company. That's not exactly the narrative we've been sold as 'acceptable' for a romantic Valentine's Day — but it's very easy to craft an introvert-friendly Feb. 14.

Introverts in relationships with non-introverts may need to do some explaining about why Valentine's Day needs to be chilled out rather than all-out fancy romantic gestures. However, there are a lot of date possibilities that are highly introvert-friendly. Plus all these ideas are applicable whether you're in a couple or going it alone on Feb. 14, because nobody should miss out on fun just because they're currently sans partner.