The extrovert's guide to social distancing

(CNN)If you're an extrovert and the thought of weeks or months of social distancing has you jumping out of your skin, rest assured. Your feelings are normal. And we're here to help.

"We are social beings," Jaime Blandino, a clinical psychologist in Decatur, Georgia, told CNN. "My most extroverted clients are having the hardest time."
An extrovert is someone who gets his or her energy from other people. When they can't spend time with others, "they might not know what to do with themselves," she said.
    Blandino's practice has closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and she and her colleagues have moved to seeing all their clients through telehealth.
      Her message to her clients is simple: "It's normal to feel abnormal in a situation that's not normal."
      "I didn't know anybody who didn't feel a surge of anxiety when these new rules were introduced," she said.
      As the US government prepares for a potential months-long fight against Covid-19, extroverts will need to learn to create their own plans on how they might manage their own psyche as social distancing, quarantines and shelter in place orders become more commonplace.
        And if you're an introvert, quietly excited about the prospect of more alone time, we've got a separate guide on how you can make the most of social distancing.

        Use technology to connect with friends

        Your "usual habits are going to be disrupted," said Gretchen Rubin, the author of "Outer Order, Inner Calm" and host of the "Happier" podcast. An important strategy is to "reimagine what you want and get out in front of it."
        In terms of social connection, "nothing can beat real life," she said, but the second best way to interact can be through images. There are plenty of apps offering video chat or live broadcast functions, ranging from Skype to House Party. You could use one to connect with a friend you haven't seen in awhile.