It’s December, meaning Christmas! And whilst this is soooo exciting, if you are a book-loving introvert like me, you are probably also freaking out thinking “OMG when am I going to get reading time?”. Well you know what friends, it’s all going to be A-OK because I have done up a list of how you are going to get in your reading time…and possibly avoid people when you are bit overwhelmed from all the face-to-face interactions going on.
1. Public Transport
This is an easy one guys. This is the BEST way to get in some reading time. It doesn’t matter if it is only a 5min ride, make sure you have your book or reading device with you. 5mins could equal 5 important pages in your book!!
2. In the car
Not while you’re driving…though I’m sure people have tried this. If you are a passenger and you are with company who don’t mind you either sleeping or reading, then take advantage of the opportunity! As long as you don’t mind reading while the other occupants are singing to Brittney really loudly and badly, you’ll do fine kid!
3. Pretend you are going for a shower
This one is fine, as long as you don’t get caught…otherwise you could get into a bit of trouble. Say you are going for a shower, but then you can just sit in the bathroom and read for a little while. If someone knocks on the door, say you’re busy. If there isn’t a lock on the bathroom door, sit in front of it so someone can’t just barge in.
4. The toilet
This one is obviously up to you and whether you are super worried about toilet germs. I’ve been to houses where there is just a novel sitting on the ground…a toilet novel! Anyways, this is an option if you really just aren’t getting any reading time in. And you could probably sit in there for a good hour…people are going to be too embarrassed to ask why you are taking so long!
Of course! If you are driving somewhere, or walking somewhere, don’t listen to music…audiobook it up! I’m not a massive audiobook fan, however if I was desperate this is definitely something that I would do.
6. I think I have a cold….
Ok so this one is super anti-social, but if you are starting to get super overwhelmed around all the festivities and you think you just need some time to yourself…this might be a good one. That way you can chill, read a book and re-charge.
Ok so there are 6 different options for you. In no way am I condoning being anti-social over Christmas, you need to make sure you are at least getting out of the house and getting a little bit involved – for your own mental health if anything! But I am someone who gets super overwhelmed after being around people for a long time, and I need time to recharge….that’s where these options come in.
Do you have any other ideas to add to this list? Let me know, down below 🙂