Time-out for extroverts

Time-out for extroverts

by Vanessa Ng 10 Jan 2020

An excess of anything can burn anyone out. Even extroverts, known for their outgoing and rambunctious nature, are no exception. Those who do not take time out of their schedules to be alone with themselves can experience a plethora of negative repercussions. While it may not be apparent immediately, these repercussions can eat away at your sanity over time.


Being a social butterfly 100% of the time can be very straining. An overpacked schedule as well as an ever-engaged and racing mind can leave you feeling lethargic and stressed out. It is important to find time to discover, connect and get acquainted with the self.


Exploring your personality away from the crowd can let you gain a new perspective on your outlook and take on life. Acknowledging all your emotions which were previously brushed off or dismissed, both good and bad, can make you a stronger person. Even when you take the time to do absolutely nothing, that itself is a form of recharge.


Extroverts are people who are used to the idea of always having something on their plate. To them, constant activity is the norm and even considered desirable. However, the act of distancing oneself away from it all is a form of self-care that is essential to one’s well-being, regardless of one’s social inclinations. It is not a luxury time-off, but a crucial time-out for a mental cleanse to re-energise yourself.


During this alone time, avoid looking at social media for it tends to distract you from the present moment. In fact, try to reduce the time spent on social media in general. A study found that using written social media platforms is negatively associated with positive mental health. Since extroverts are keen communicators first and foremost, excessive social media usage only further exacerbates the situation by providing them with the perfect avenue to stay in the middle of all the action.


In addition, an excessive use of social media can delay the reduction of cortisol levels. This makes you feel stressed and overwhelmed. As such, try using the airplane mode every once in a while, even if you’re simply walking around. Better yet, turning off your phone completely can help you to truly focus on yourself with no worry of your phone ringing/vibrating with every call, message and update.


Contrary to popular belief, taking some alone time can in fact make you feel less lonely and more self-assured. Socialise with yourself for a change, and you may realise that you just might very well be your favourite kind of company.