For many, adapting to the this new-normal brought about by the unprecedented coronavirus, also know as COVID-19, has been quite difficult.
We are consistently thinking about and yearning for what use to be our normal lives.
We aren’t as active as we once were, with many confined to their homes unless they are leaving for essential purposes, which includes work, grocery shopping, medical appointments and so forth. But let’s be real even those essential activities seem very isolating given the physical distancing guidelines of six feets (6 fts.).
Notice that I have re-termed the phrase “social” distancing to “PHYSICAL” distancing.
I am sure you are probably wondering why I did such and the explanation is quite simple.
When I hear the term “social” distancing, I immediately cringe because the reality is that while we have to maintain a “physical” distance from our peers and individuals in our community we live in a time where we are still able to interact socially with one another through the use of technology (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, video messaging services, virtual services, etc), . Therefore, we are practicing “PHYSICAL” distancing and not “social” distancing
We, as humans, thrive on social interaction and being able to communicate with others is such a necessity in our lives.
Social interaction is pivotal to individuals, young and old, overall development. Social interaction influences ones physical, emotional, and mental state. More specifically, social interaction has been found to boosted ones mood, reducing their risk for depression, provide sharper mind by giving individual the opportunity to engage in instrumental cognitive processing and reduces ones risk for severe and chronic medical illness.
Althougth COVID-19 has significantly impacted the world, we do not have to allow it to adversely effect how we interact with others.
Yes, it may take some creativity on our behalf and no we may not be able to interact with others how we use to, but what is important and that we can still interact with others.
Schedule video calls…….
Host virtual get-togethers and even secure/supervised virtual play dates for your children…….
Have conference calls….
Do whatever it takes, within the context of the “physical” distancing to ensure you are still engaging in social interaction with your loved one and friends.
Just because COVID-19 has limited us physically, we should not allow it to limit us socially.
Let’s practice “Physical” distancing while engaging in “Social” interactions!