Social distancing has become our best defense against the spread of Covid-19, but just because we need to stay apart doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected. It’s true that in most places in the United States people should be staying at home unless they are going out for groceries once a week, but what most don’t realize is that it’s still perfectly ok – and healthy – to go for a walk in your neighborhood to stave off stress. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and it’s time to learn the difference between the two.
Social interaction is vital to human health. Isolation can lead to obesity, diabetes, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s, and more, and fighting isolation should be one of our top priorities right now.
Physically distancing ourselves from one another right now doesn’t have to mean isolation. Calling people on the phone and setting up video conferences with friends is a great way to stay connected. Getting outdoors wherever you can safely do so can also recharge your batteries. Staying connected with coworkers through messaging apps like Slack can help you feel like part of the team, even when everyone is far apart working remotely. Plan a virtual game night for video games, many of which can be played online in groups, or use chat and video messaging apps to play role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons.
Most importantly of all, cut yourself some slack. Even if you aren’t teaching yourself to knit and bake while quarantined, you’re still doing a great job. Learn more about staying connected during social distancing from the infographic below.