Not everyone is celebrating coming out of Covid-19 lockdowns—for example, ask some introverts.


Writer Kara Schlegl is a confessed introvert—even if she doesn’t like the word itself. In this article, Schlegl passes on her wisdom to other introverts on avoiding social burn-out now that lockdowns are coming to an end. Key points:

  • Online quizzes often misrepresent introversion as a fun personality trait when it can, at times, be extremely debilitating.

  • study from the University of Glasgow reported that some extroverts could suffer substantial and long-lasting mental health issues due to extended lockdowns.

  • Studies have also shown that, generally, introverts report higher rates of depression and decreased mental wellbeing.

  • After lockdown, expectations for social engagements are at an all-time high, but introverts should always think first about what they can cope with—this is not being selfish, just a way to manage.

  • Tell your friends about your condition—most people are very understanding. 

  • Meditate, and if you don’t have the patience or attention span to do that, look for something else to relax you.

  •  For instance, try music or gardening—make some time for yourself to help you better prepare for dealing with other people. 

  • Always ask for help if you feel you need it; remember, there is a difference between ‘healthy’ alone-time and being unable to face the world.