I have always been an introvert. While I enjoy parties and socialising, I really relish my own space. I’m rarely bored in solitude and enjoy lots of activities that people often associate with introversion, such as reading and art. In fact, I’d pondered that I would probably be fine with a hermit lifestyle…until lockdown, that is. I was okay to begin with, but it didn’t take me long to miss talking to people and going places. Nonetheless, there are many merits to lockdown for introverts.
Sometimes people invite you out, but you just really need to stay at home and recharge your batteries. It can make you feel guilty as you feel like you don’t actually have a good reason for ducking out. In lockdown, nobody can really go out and socialise. This has meant no more having to think of excuses and a lot less guilt!
Don’t you hate it when you pop into town and bump into someone you dislike? For us introverts it can be hard to have a meaningless conversation of small talk, even more so with someone we don’t like. Why is it you always see people when you feel like you look your worst, too?
For many people, lockdown has given the gift of time. For some it has taken away the daily commute. With shops and pubs closed and social activities off the table too, we have a lot more time on our hands. Many introverts love to be creative, so lockdown has provided the time to indulge in whatever craft they enjoy.
A lot of noise can be overwhelming for introverts. It doesn’t really allow for the processing of thoughts that we are renowned for. Life in lockdown has generally been a lot more peaceful and quiet. I really enjoyed how in the first lockdown we lost the constant background buzz of traffic.
Lockdown has meant that much of the time, we are talking to people because we want to or need to. There are a lot less unnecessary conversation and socialisation. Without all the extra interaction, our batteries don’t need to be recharged like they used to. Result!
Is there anything you’ve particularly enjoyed about lockdown? Let me know in the comments below!
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a 29 year old mum of two. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, our daughter Autumn and newborn son Reuben.
I write about my experiences of parenting, as well as my plethora of interests including fashion, beauty, cars, weddings, mental health and the home.