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MANAGING STRESS DIFFERENTLY: INTROVERTS & EXTROVERTS

Although there are differences in the ethnicity and cultures around the world, there is a standard classification of traits that includes almost every person in the world, introverts and extroverts. Extroverts are the outgoing, dominant, and “let’s do it!” type of people. In contrast, introverts are people who are comfortable in their space, the “let’s see” type of people. According to human personality theories, introversion or extroversion is a central dimension of human personality.

Introverts and extroverts have different ways of looking at everything in their life, making friendships, planning daily tasks, socializing and more. Introverts usually enjoy spending time with people almost as much as the extroverts do, but they often shy away from making plans while the extroverts are energized simply thinking about it. A quiet night with a friend is an introvert’s idea of having fun, whereas a loud party with a huge crowd would be the idea of fun for an extrovert.

Just as the sun shines equally on all of us, bosses, deadlines, family burdens, and bills stress out everyone just the same. However, knowing what personality type you belong to can help you manage stress more effectively.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

You want a break from a week of long working hours; you are likely to be an introvert if you choose to do activities such as:

  1. Go in the “no social media” mode and stay away from your phone.
  2. Ride your bike alone or sign up for a baking class alone.

You are likely to be an extrovert if you want to do activities such as:

  1. Go to a concert with your group of friends.
  2. Go for a family dinner or catch up with a troop of friends for a getaway.

Stress management: not a one-size fits all deal

The same activities may not be a stress buster for introverts and extroverts. Knowing the type of activity that helps you be stress-free and relaxed will help you balance and recover from stress more effectively. Following are some stress-managing tips for introverts and extroverts:

  • Introverts
  1. Develop optimism: Introverts sometimes tend to feel negative and depressed as they stay within their comfort zone and wish to shut out the world. Developing positivity can help you look at your challenges as a game and not a threat. Always remember to see the bright side.
  2. Channel out your stress on a page: Note down your emotions, greatest and weakest moments; this can help you process your thoughts, handle them strategically, and plan your activities accordingly.
  3. Organize your space: If your space is chaotic, shuffle and reorganize it. Make it an enjoyable and relaxing area that only gives you peaceful thoughts.
  4. Practice self-compassion: Embrace your strengths, weaknesses, and differences. Practice meditation; no matter what type of struggle you are going through, meditation will help you deal with it. It will increase your ability to center your mind when you feel blown out by the demands of life. Practice the loving-kindness meditation. It will help you enhance love and kindness toward yourself.
  5. Know your limits, respect your boundaries: Introverts may feel the need to push themselves ahead in an attempt to be as friendly and successful as extroverts. Even though it may be helpful in certain instances, know your tasks and choose your limits accordingly. It is okay to take it slow. Choose your battles wisely to win the war.
  • Extroverts
  1. Admit it, “I’m stressed”: Sometimes extroverts are okay being the way they are, competing and winning, not knowing the stress they put themselves through subconsciously. Admitting that you are stressed is the first step to dealing with it. Learn to sit back, relax, reboot, and restart.
  2. Meditate: Relax by doing yoga and meditation to de-stress.
  3. Do not forget to treat yourself: Among all the deadlines and to-do lists, remember to eat, rest, and exercise regularly.
  4. Socialize: You love group outings, parties, dinners and family game times, but no time for them anymore? Do not give them up because of your tight schedule. Carve out time for such activities that will relax and de-stress you and improve your relationships.
  5. Eat right: Certain foods can help you relax when you feel overwhelmed. Dark chocolates, hot tea, nuts, veggies, etc., will help you feel calm and relaxed.

You don’t have to follow someone else’s recipe. Defeat stress in your way because #you only live once.

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