Challenging Times for those that Hate to Be Cooped Up
If you're an extrovert, you may be finding these times of self-isolation and social distancing to be difficult to get through. Extroverts enjoy socializing and spending time with lots of people. They love to talk and are full of energy. With COVID-19 restrictions, life these days for someone with this type of personality can be difficult.
“Extroverts can find themselves bored and even lonely when they are not around others, as being around people gives them energy,” explains Lisa Romano, LPC, ACS, Director of Outpatient and IOP Services, PCIT Therapist and Level I Trainer, Acenda. “If you are an extrovert, it is important to be proactive about socializing and connecting in some way during the pandemic, because this is how you thrive.”
Here are 5 ways an extrovert can work through these challenging times while remaining social and connected:
1. Get some exercise. Whether it’s an online class, a walk, a bike ride or doing some yoga, exercise is a good outlet for stress and tension that might be built up. There are always opportunities to meet and greet new people from a distance while out. However, like anyone, having the opportunity to practice mindfulness and reconnect with nature always has its benefits.
2. Social media. This can be a great outlet to connect with other people without the restriction of distance. Extroverts can join various online clubs based on their interests and hobbies.
3. Call loved ones and friends. Hearing a familiar voice and catching up with others can brighten your day and help with socialization.
4. Join an online club. There are many virtual clubs you can join depending on your interests. There are clubs for so many things, including book clubs, cooking groups and travel clubs. It’s a great way to connect with others that have similar interests as you.
5. Start a coffee chat. Gather friends for a morning coffee break at a scheduled time each week. It’s an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings and what is new with everyone over a cup of java.
Sometimes, feelings of isolation and loneliness are too much for us to handle on our own. Our clinicians are available to help with any concerns or symptoms you might be experiencing. Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 x9500) for more information.