Covid-19 is stressful and challenging for all personality types, but it can be particularly challenging for people who are social. Extroverted individuals love to be around others.
They thrive in social settings, and during social distancing or lockdowns, this can be very hard for them because it goes against their nature. Introverts are more into having alone time, but when you are an extroverted individual, you want to connect with others and feed off of their energy. Here are some ways that you can value your extroverted
personality during COVID-19.
1. Talk to Friend
You may not be able to see your friends and loved ones in person, but you can virtually connect with them. Make sure that you have dedicated time to talk to friends on the phone or through video chat.
Even though you’re not seeing them in person, touching them, or hugging them, you can still have that connection, and it’s valuable because you know how much you love and miss their voice, their presence. Hearing their voice and/or seeing them on screen can make you feel loved and cared for and stave off loneliness or feelings of isolation.
A virtual connection is better than no connection at all, and if you have access, it’s a good resource toward finding or deepening fellowships.
Extroverted individuals love to perform in some way, whether it’s acting or through art, fine arts, dance, etc. They may be good public speakers. It’s a great time, during this pandemic, to write something that you can perform.
Maybe you can craft a monologue, or perhaps you can make a piece of art and showcase it on social media? You might take videos of yourself and share them with friends and family through a group chat or email? You could start a social media channel. Perhaps you can work with others,
individuals, or an organization to also raise money to pay bills or to help with pandemic relief efforts? Find a way to express yourself through performance if that’s your thing as an extrovert.
2. Write a Speech and Record it
If you’re an extrovert, you may have an occupation where you need to be around others and do public speaking.
The pandemic is also an opportunity to reflect inward and think about what you want to communicate with your communities. Whether you’re writing a speech for your job or something that you’d like to post online, it can be a great opportunity to get out that extroverted energy or to start a productive dialogue.
Think about what you’re passionate about and communicate that into words in a speech. You can videotape it or record the audio and share it with your loved ones or with the world community at large.
3. Have a Virtual Party
Just because you’re not able to travel or see everyone in person doesn’t mean that you can’t have a party. Set up a time to have a watch party on Hulu or Netflix, where you can all view the same movie or TV show. That way, it’s a social experience.
You’re not sitting on the same couch with your friends and family, but you’re enjoying something from the comfort of your homes that also allows for social interactions. You can also have a Zoom party where everyone eats cupcakes, or you could even have a dinner party via Zoom. You get that extroverted connection, and you don’t have to feel like
you’re alone in the world.
Extroverts love to express themselves, whether it’s in visual form or written form. Now would be a time where you could start a blog or maintain the one that you have.
You can express with words how you feel about many things: the pandemic, your relationships, or anything that you want to talk about. If you don’t like blogging, you might enjoy vlogging, which are video blogs.
So, you could start a YouTube channel, for example, or express yourself in short video clips. These are ways that you can connect with others and share content on social media.
5. Online Therapy
Online therapy is an excellent place to talk about the challenges of being an extrovert during a pandemic. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help, and if you want more resources for your mental health, you can check out Mind Diagnostics for more information.
It’s okay to be skeptical of therapy, but understand that it could improve your mental health.
It’s worth a try!
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with Mind-Diagnostics.org. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.