It is a known fact now that social distancing is a basic requirement to survive in this quarantine period. World events plant new buzz terms into our public realization. This time, it’s “social distancing” — efforts to keep people healthy by keeping them apart.
Social distancing are vital strategies for slowing taint. However, these also push against our deep predispositions for togetherness, and can worsen our emotional well-being during already trying times.
It is validated that human connection guards individuals against nervousness and hesitation. In the company of loved ones, threats become challenges and painful tremors hurt less. Loneliness, by gap, is psychologically poisonous as it worsens sleep, deepens depression and predicts increased mortality rates among older adults.
Those with anxiety may feel particularly vulnerable as the world seems to be entering uncertain times. Continually checking the latest COVID-19 updates is perhaps not productive for your mental health. In its place, engage in meaningful tasks. Staying engaged in the world allows us to use the newer, more logical parts of our brain, making it less likely to dwell and affect our physical and mental health adversely.
To all the ways the coronavirus is hurting us, fear of contagion also turns our colleagues and neighbors into a source of that fear. It drives us apart when we most need each other. Social distancing is essential right now, but so is social association. But distancing does not have to destroy human networks. Use online technologies for holding your social connections together and do home ground exercises to keep your muscle strong and healthy.