Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been separated from friends and family. Because of this, mental health of the population in general has been on a decline. Social distancing may protect people from infection, but the cost is the loss of “skinship” or skin hunger.
Prolonged isolation negatively affects both introverts and extroverts, however, it is likely that extroverts feel the struggle earlier on and more severely. Thankfully, there are smartphones and social media sites available for us to keep in touch without being physically present. It may not be much, but having someone to talk to everyday is essential for an extrovert’s well-being.
In summary, extrovert self-care prioritizes healthy social interactions over potentially stressful ones. Take a second or two to evaluate the situation and keep your emotions in check. For extroverts, the more you socialize, the more you recharge your battery. However, taking some time to introspect is not reserved for introverts only.
If you find yourself constantly feeling burned out or tired, it may be time to talk to a doctor or mental health specialist to determine the cause.
Learn more about Stress Management here.