How To Make The Best Of Social Distancing, According To Introverts

Brittany Wong
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As many have noted, introverts have a leg up when it comes to social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

While an extrovert is emotionally refueled by spending time with others, introverts thrive and feel recharged by time alone. Staying indoors on the weekends or sticking to solo plans comes naturally to the introverts among us.

This makes introverts perfectly suited to share some advice to those struggling with self-isolation and staying home for the foreseeable future. Below, we’ve rounded up 12 tried-and-true tips from introverts who feel at home, at home.

1. Get serious about your hobbies and interests.

“While, of course, a Friday night at home is not that big a deal for introverts who relish them, these are different times, for sure. Speaking generally, I am pushing past my aversion to the telephone and FaceTime in order to avoid getting too isolated, which can lead to depression for anyone, even introverts. But when it comes to that at-home Friday night, I’m enjoying this newfound time to get really serious about the novel I’ve been writing. One of my very favorite things to do these days is getting into bed early with my laptop (and maybe a glass of wine or cup of tea) and write. It feels so indulgent, and making progress feels great.” ― Sophia Dembling from Texas. Dembling is the author of “The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World”

2. Embrace a pantsless existence.

“Instead of going out, I like to stay at home, on the couch, elbow-deep in popcorn, braless and pantsless while watching ‘The Office’ for the tenth time.” ― Jamie from New York City

3. Get imaginative. Like, play-Tetris-with-your-furniture imaginative.

“I live in Beijing, and after 43 days at home with my extroverted boyfriend, life couldn’t be funnier. We played Tetris with our furniture and moved the dinner table and two chairs onto our impossibly small balcony just because we refused to spend the day stuck...

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