How to manage stress during coronavirus pandemic based on personality type

Posted at 4:14 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 12:02:14-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A Jupiter mental health counselor says coping with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic can start with your personality type.

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It’s fair to say a global pandemic didn’t have a huge impact on Lauren Azar’s daily routine.

"I usually work from home anyway, so my life before COVID was not that different," said Azar.

There are some slight changes. Her weekly staff meetings are now hosted on Zoom and she’s spending even more time with her 16-year-old pomeranian, Mr. Bean.

However, the biggest change?

"You don’t have the pressure randomly for someone to enter your life, call you text you and say want to meet up? Want to go out?" said Azar.

Azar said the pandemic just confirmed she is an introvert.

"Introversion and extroversion actually refers to how we get our energy," said Emily Whitehouse, a licensed mental health counselor at Therapeutic Oasis. "So people who tend to be more introverted they get their energy from their inner world, their thoughts, their feelings, their ideas. Extroverted people tend to get their energy from spending time with people or interacting with things and places."

Whitehouse said she offers a tailored treatment plan for clients based on their personality type.

For introverts...

"Engaging in activities that do connect you to your inner world, journaling, art, yoga and reading. Those are all greats ways to connect with your inner self," said Whitehouse.

And for extroverts...

"Engaging in virtual activity, we’ve seen this spike in Zoom happy hours or birthday parties," said Whitehouse.

Whitehouse said no matter where you fall on the personality spectrum the key in keeping connected.

"It’s about queuing into your feelings," said Whitehouse.