Are you an extrovert? So many invites, too many social obligations?
Because you are an extrovert and love to be the life and soul of every party you always attend everything, even when you aren't invited! Because you just assume that your invite was lost in the post.
Why not give someone else a chance in the limelight by enjoying a night in at home alone... you can do it.
How to prepare for your night in alone – a special guide to help the struggling extrovert to cope.
1, Snacks – Make sure you are stocked up with plenty of tasty snacks because when the loneliness starts to set in eating snacks by the bucket load will help ease the pain.
2, Entertainment – Do a little research into which new films are out or a series you can binge-watch. You must keep your mind occupied to resist the urge of grabbing your jacket and going out, or worse still, calling up one of your many friends to bend their ear about how lonely and depressed you are.
3, Warmth and comfort – Remove all your trendy designer clothing, jewellery, make-up and hair extensions. It is time to don some comfy old sweat pants and fluffy socks, also get a cuddly blanket and plenty of cushions to snuggle with and comfort you on your night in alone.
4, Booze – It isn't really advisable to drink alone, but as an extrovert the thought of a whole evening in alone might see you reaching for the bottle. Try to resist the urge and instead have a nice cup of hot chocolate or a glass of milk. You really don't want to be more buzzed than you already are, so avoid coffee and other drinks that contain caffeine.
5, Bathroom breaks – As an anxious extrovert who cannot bear to spend any time alone, even when you go to the loo you have to have your phone with you, try giving the internet a miss altogether at this stressful time. You may live to regret the posts you make on social media about how lonely you are, how no one loves you and what a cruel world it is. These thoughts are brought on in the extrovert after spending more than a few hours alone and so you must resist the urge to take your phone, tablet or any other device that is connected to the internet with you when you take a bathroom break. I know it is hard, but it will save you a lot of embarrassment later.
6, Reading – It is a good idea to have some reading material ready in the bathroom before your evening alone, then your mind has something to focus on while alone in there. You must avoid the internet, so don't pretend to yourself that you are going to read an article on your tablet only to find yourself begging for attention or posting bathroom mirror selfies on social media.
7, Pamper – Extroverts can be so full on that they often forget to take the time to pamper themselves, instead, they busy themselves with poking their noses into all the latest gossip and everyone else's affairs. On your night in alone you can use this time wisely by taking a relaxing bath, yes I know you prefer to have a quick shower so you don't have time to sit and think deep or dark thoughts and contemplate anything all.. however, on this occasion at least try to stay in there for more than 5 minutes. Take a book with you, I know it is hard to read when your mind starts drifting off to wondering about what you are missing out on, but try to reassure yourself that your friends will help you catch up with any gossip.
8, Rocking – As the night wears on and you have run out of good things to watch or read, comfort yourself by rocking back and forth as your cradle yourself in a fetal position. It can be surprisingly therapeutic.
9, Bedtime – As the night finally starts to draw to an end and bedtime is approaching take a few moments to rejoice in your victory, you survived the whole evening in alone! Next time won't be so bad... and yes I know you are shaking your head right now and saying – “never again”.