Coping With Isolation

Introverts

If you read yesterday’s post you will have read my personality type is an INTP. The “I” stands for introversion, and that basically means you gain energy and strength from being alone. I have always been a loner and I absolutely love it. Even as a kid I would often play by myself, and while my grandmother was watching me on occasion, she would alway comment on how I could entertain myself for hours on in.

Naked Work
I can always find something to entertain myself

For introverts, it’s exhausting to engage with people, especially large groups of people. Im sure some of you have noticed that I’m not the interactive type on Twitter or Instagram (FYI…I barely use IG), and I hope you don’t take that personal because I love all of my followers. I just can’t handle a lot of interactions at once. Sometimes it takes me days or weeks to respond to things. I’m not being rude. It’s just me.

I often think people are afraid to talk to me or feel I’m not that approachable, but the truth is I just don’t have much to say and prefer to think and reflect a lot. It allows me to live in my own world oblivious to everyone around me. I’m really a kind and caring person once I feel safe with you, and I can be quite funny when I’m able to loosen up. Needless to say, I’m quite happy not having to be required to go to the office all day. However, I’m not totally happy being at home either. With everything shutdown and kids and the spouse are basically home indefinitely, my days are an endless bought of interactions. What’s for lunch, dinner, I want a snack, come talk to me, and on and on and on. By the end of my work day I want to go to the office for a break. Any other time I would love the opportunity to work from home in isolation, but I have to say I’m starting to lose it.

A Beautiful Mind

Extroverts

I have a friend in Chicago who is home bound with her husband and teenage boy. She is as extroverted as they come, and she thrives on talking, hugging, and just being around people. She’s always on Snapchat just rambling and talking to anyone out there. She is struggling bad. Not only did her company go out of business and she list her job, but she’s housebound with extreme introverts. I can feel her soul dying a little but each day. Fortunately, she does have a job lined up and it’s just a matter of time. She will be able to work from home during this too…if she can get equipment.

I don’t m so how the rest of you introverts feel, but I’m sure it is similar to her. Your source of energy has been taken away from you, and you have no way to recharge it. It’s different for introverts who can get away from people to recharge, but with isolation being enforced you have no way to fill up your bucket. This has got to be one of the hardest thing you’ve ever went though. I can’t understand your pain, but I do feel for you.

naked and sad
Extroverts feelings in isolation

Going forward

It’s going to be particularly hard for everyone going forward. As introverts we’re probably not used to have if family so close by and all in our business, so we are going to have to set boundaries for those in close quarters to us. Maybe that’s telling everyone you need an hour or two a day to isolate yourself and recharge. This can be going to the grocery store, taking a walk, a drive in the car, or anything else you find doing alone.

Lost in thought naked
Lose yourself in thought

For our extrovert friends this will be a bit more difficult, especially if your state or local government has issued a stay at home order. If you live in a development or similar neighborhood, then you can utilize this time to spend with them. If you don’t know them very well, take this time to be friendly and learn about them. You may find a new bestie in all of this. Also, make use of technology and FaceTime, Skype, Hangout, or similar video conferencing software to at least be able to see and talk to those you care about. Maybe have breakfast or coffee with them on the back porch. We can make the best of this for all personalities.

Naked Breakfast
Have coffee or breakfast with a neighbor

11 thoughts on “Coping With Isolation

    • I appreciate the kind comment, but the beautiful ladies you see here are courtesy of Chill Photographie. However, there are a few of me scattered throughout the site. 😉

    • Thank you so much for your comment and interaction with me on here. I think being a home nudist has many benefits, but I do like to get naked outside when the time is right. I won’t do any type of public nudity unless it’s at an actual nudist club or resort. Although I think it would be fun, I’ve never even been to a nudist beach. I just have too many privacy concerns, because you really can’t stop people from sneaking a picture of you and posting it online. When I am at home or on private land it makes things much more enjoyable for me.

  • Total nudity in compatible surroundings is pure heaven. The only really natural way to relax, on your own or with friends/family or just whenever the time is right.

    • I agree Patrick. Personally, it helps me to relax and relieve stress a lot more. It’s almost like clothes hold on bad spirits sometimes, and taking your clothes off releases them. I can sit and be happy and content with who I am, and it complete uplifts my spirit.

  • I have thought that when we all get through this it is the introverts who will have coped better than the extroverts. More counselling will be needed for the extroverts in order that they can cope in the “new” world – whatever that may be.

    • Hi Richard, yes I have a friend in Chicago who is an extreme extrovert, and she has been suffering very badly. A few of my neighbors are very extroverted too, and they can’t stand being at home just sitting around. I see them out waking and riding golf carts looking for someone to talk to. I’m ok with being secluded, but others are not as lucky as me.

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