Social Distancing In A Time Of Crisis

The Hidden Enemy

As every day passes, we continue to remain with unanswered questions as to how we should live our lives. Health officials tell us to practice social distancing and to remain at home, yet this is resulting in massive job losses, economic fluttering and mental health problems. It’s not easy to stay at home after you’ve been used to living a productive life.

And even if you stay at home, how long can you go like this until you don’t mentally burst? Psychologically, it’s not healthy to remain at home day after day, even in a time of crisis. As a matter of fact, it’s actually worse to spend more time at home in a time of crisis because it just makes you more anxious and possibly even depressed.

When your mental health goes down, so does your physical health: you feel less energized and motivated to recover from any bodily symptoms. And social distancing does just that: it robs you of your social life and the way that you were previously used to living. So while we’re in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, should we be practicing social distancing?

While no right answer, it’s important to be cautious and practice good hygiene. Hand washing and wearing personal protective equipment is a must. If you work in a hospital, you should always wear a face mask; this should not even be disputed. You should always wash your hands after returning home from being outside, even if you haven’t touched anything.

While it may feel like you’re not living your life while practicing social distancing, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of self-isolation. If you are symptomatic, such as experiencing a dry cough, shortness of breath or a fever, then you should stay home, call your doctor or even go to the hospital. If your symptoms worsen, definitely go to the hospital.

We are living in very difficult times and many are suffering from mental health problems as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing is not helping everyone and many feel that they are losing their minds by staying at home. It’s important that you remain positive and maintain an optimistic outlook regarding the future.

We will get through this together!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)


6 Replies to “Social Distancing In A Time Of Crisis”

  1. Is it twisted of me to say that since they decided to lay me off in November, most of the enjoyment was found largely isolated in my own quarters? Like, other than appointments and when asked to go out, which wasn’t often. Felt like taking a shower after coming home to feel cautious, as that is the best thing and changing as that was what was the routine since working in the hospital. It strangely is peaceful to me, as there is no apparent loss since the lay off but it is surreal to think of it as dodging a bullet. Though this could be seen as a social experiment where one can simply observe how others react. Now have the opportunity to care for those vulnerable in the household, until the new year when there was a relatively severe care of mixup virus which almost forced myself to attend as fevers were the highest ever, compound symptoms, as well as near constant, productive cough. The pneumonia and being reduced to about half. Wanted to keep hydrated, bring the fever down for the time being as it was driving me crazy, and the sensation of feeling like your head is in a pressure cooker and the body was in a meatlocker. You see shapes and are blacking in and out of it. The family is concerned though, as they would later say… Figured the underlying message. Couldn’t stress myself as it is a huge immune killer, though constantly it was a state of mixed reactions. In short it all depends on perspective, that everyone is infected. We concern about family coming home from travels, though the best state right now is to adapt by allowing connections through however we may despite the distance. Excellent work as always! πŸ’―πŸ’‘πŸ˜

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  2. My husband and I have been hopping in the truck and just taking drives out into the country every day. No GPS, just turning down roads we’ve never been on and eventually finding our way back home a few hours later. It’s helped keep us from losing our minds sitting at home and we are still practicing social distancing.

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