2020: Physical Distance is NOT Social Distance

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April 01, 2020 - 03:34 PM

Written by Livier Martinez, LCSW 
(April 2020)

The term ‘social distance’ is a misnomer; it implies we limit physical interactions, but it does not mean we cut off social connections with friends, family, and loved ones. Human beings are social creatures, we do and feel best when we are socially connected and experience a sense of belonging. Social connections are important and vital to our well-being. How do we maintain our social connections during this time of physical distancing?

Adjusting to a new norm requires some creativity and the use of social apps ( i .e. Google Hang Out, Zoom, FaceTime, Skype) to remain connected without physical contact.

Here are some suggestions to keep virtual social connections strong:

  • Have a lunch date with a friend.
  • Check- in daily with friends, family members, neighbors.
  • Host a meet-up with a few friends to chat and catch up.
  • Hold a study session with classmates.
  • Exercise with a friend; it helps to stay motivated and physically active.
  • Explore your interests and join online clubs (books, music, anime, arts, knitting, creative writing, gaming, favorite TV show, movie, genre, etc.).
  • Take advantage of any interactive online classes, check school, community, social platforms as many classes are offered for free and are easily accessible.

This is our new reality for the time being. In time, this too will pass, and we will return to physically hanging out with our friends, family, and loved ones. Stay connected, reach out, and be safe!

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