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Yung Totoo: Introverts Can Struggle With Social Distancing, Too

It's okay to admit if you're having a hard time doing the one thing you thought you were good at.
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Two weeks into quarantine, and you’d think we’d all be used to the tambay-sa-bahay life, especially for the introverts. Given the strict physical distancing measures enforced to keep the COVID-19 from spreading even further, everyone is advised to stay put at home, especially if you can afford to do so. On-ground classes are suspended anyway, so there’s really nowhere else students need to be.

For introverts, staying in is practically our forte. Our homes are our comfort zones, it’s where we ~thrive~. Staying home is something our more extroverted friends might struggle with (hugs, we love you, extroverts), but not us. Or at least that’s what we thought.

At some point, some of the introverts might start to feel tired of staying home. Which sounds WEIRD. Tired of staying home? Introverts?? Totoo ba??? But TBH, it’s also quite possible for some introverts to start feeling uneasy about isolation, especially since we are in the middle of a pandemic and we don’t know how long it’ll take before things get better (or worse).

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So yes, it’s okay to admit that you’re starting to have a hard time doing the one thing you thought you were good at. Too much of something isn’t good, and that applies to too much alone time for introverts, too. Still, this doesn’t mean you get a free pass to leave your homes and head out in the middle of a quarantine. But there are other ways that might help lessen our unexpected feelings about solitude.

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Strike up a conversation with your family.

You might think, “Sawa na ako sa pamilya ko, sila na lang ang palagi kong kasama dito sa bahay.” But hey, didn’t we think the same way about the friends and classmates we ~used~ to see five days a week? The people we’re with at home are the closest we have to actual human interaction, so let’s try not to take it for granted. Talk to them about

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Connect with friends online.

If you live alone and have no one to talk to physically, you’re friends are just one call, Messenger, or text away. Send a message about how you’re feeling to a friend you trust and encourage them to do the same. We’re practicing physical distancing, but we’re still free to stay connected.

Find a hobby you enjoy or try doing something new.

Now’s the perfect time to work on the things we said we’d do but didn’t have the time to. *cough* De-clutter your closet. *cough* Try doing the things that make you feel happy to keep your mind stimulated. Or maybe pick up a hobby or activity that’s completely new to you, like journaling, sketching, or making TikTok videos (Hey, you might find it fun, who knows?).

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