Physical interaction is a human need and we feel uncomfortable when we cannot fulfill it. That is why some people find social distancing difficult although they recognize that it is necessary under the present circumstances.
Establishing social distance does not mean giving up our need to connect with each other. Being separated physically from family and friends is difficult, but the following ideas will help you reduce that discomfort while maintaining the relationships that mean most to you.
Look for Alternatives
Moments of uncertainty can be numbing, but they can also offer chances to be imaginative. Take, for example, the elbow bump. This gesture consists on bumping elbows instead of shaking hands when you meet someone. People all around the world are coming up with alternatives like this, being resourceful and using humor to cope with distress. Look for opportunities to do the same. Imagination is a solid bridge that can help you connect with others when other options are discouraged or not available.
Take Advantage of Technology
People of all ages are discovering video conferences, since they have become the preferred way to interact when working remotely. Outside the realm of work, this is also a good option to maintain an emotional connection with those you care about. Explore the possibilities of this new way of communication and use it to get in touch with the people you cannot meet in person right now. You may consider as well phone calls, text messages, social media, or a combination of all these options.
See it as an Altruistic Decision
Maybe the most radical form of social distancing is staying home. Not leaving your house for several days can be draining, but it is necessary under the present circumstances. Staying home is an altruistic decision and an act of kindness towards your fellow humans, particularly those who are more exposed to the outbreak of COVID-19. Whenever you feel overwhelmed or irritable, remember that in this case isolation is actually a way of being connected, and that protecting those who are vulnerable is the highest human endeavor.
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