HOW TO BE SOCIAL WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING
by Kelly Marcisz, clinical psychologist – www.kellymarcisz.com
With all your friends, family and colleagues hunkered down under widespread work-from home and social distancing orders, it can be tricky to sustain your social life (and mental health). Although personal and public health and safety is the most important thing right now, your social life should not be ignored. Maintaining a healthy social life is essential for good mental health. Research has shown that interacting with others boosts feelings of well-being and decreases feelings of depression.
When the most socially responsible thing we can do is to avoid people, how can we maintain social connection?
After nearly two months of living in lockdown most of us are no strangers to life online. Although we eagerly wait the lifting of restrictions come the 11th May, this does not mean that our way of socializing will go back to normal (just yet)! Therefore making the most of your social life online should still be a priority. We are currently living in time of prolonged stress and uncertainty-this is a shared reality with our friends, family and colleagues. Despite our physical distance, emotionally and psychologically, we are in this together.
Also read Kelly’s tips on how to talk to friends or family who are flouting the social distancing or self-isolation rules.