So, what does this mean for all of us?
Whether you identify as introvert or extrovert, coping with uncertainty is about stopping the mind from worrying about the unknown. “There are universal ways to alleviate anxiety,” says Wong. “Sleeping enough, eating a healthy diet, doing physical exercise are all basic but effective coping strategies.”
In addition, mindfulness practices also prove to be powerful tools for finding calmness amidst uncertainty. “One of my favourite exercises is the ‘Lazy 8’ breathing technique,” Wong recommends. It involves visualising an infinity sign – like a horizontal “8”. Starting from the middle, inhale as you imagine tracing the left part of the “8” , and exhale for the other half. “It’s a soothing exercise that helps us switch from our sympathetic nervous system (aka the fight-or-flight mode, which is our body’s natural response to stress) to the parasympathetic system, which is activated only when we’re relaxed,” she explains.
At the end of the day, no one is exclusively one “type” of person. “We all have a little bit of different personalities in us,” says Wong. “And in the face of uncertainty, we can all go inwards and explore our inferior function – the introvert traits in an extrovert, and vice versa.
Interested in exploring more ways to combat anxiety? Create a relaxing space at home, then try these mindfulness exercises to help you stay calm.