Human beings are social creatures, and we typically do not like to be alone. However, when people feel anxious or threatened, they may need to take some time out of the situation in order to calm down. This type of behavior is called social distancing, and it can have many positive effects on a person’s mental health. In this blog post I will outline some examples of how social distancing can help someone who is feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Curbing the amount of close contact and face-to-face encounters is one of the easiest ways to diminish the spread of COVID-19.
Clearly, there are many different reasons that social distancing can happen, but each individual has different needs when it comes down to this type of coping mechanism. The most important thing is figuring out what will work best for you as an individual, so take your time before deciding whether or not social distancing is something you understand the pros and cons of, and why you are practicing it.
- What Is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is a way to avoid social interactions with others. It’s important to note that the person may not want to be completely isolated, especially from people they know and love. Social distancing can happen for many reasons, some of which include: physical illness, mental illness, loneliness or depression. These are all feelings that someone might have in their personal life, and it is important to understand that these can affect one’s self esteem.
Social distancing is also the action of keeping a safe distance from other people who are not from your family. It’s an essential survival skill that can help protect you from strangers and bad people.
Throughout the pandemic, scientists have encouraged social distancing for the world population in general, meaning that when you’re not at home, stay at least six feet (about two arm lengths) away from other people who aren’t a part of your household. Socially distancing yourself from strangers can be a helpful way to keep you safe, especially in a strange environment (such as a party or coffee shop).
Also, for maximum protection when you have been in a public setting or workplace, avoid touching your face or any other cuts or abrasions with unwashed hands. It only takes 20 seconds of washing with soap and water to stay protected.
- Why Does An Individual Need To Practice Social Distance?
The contagious, airborne form of COVID-19 can spread quickly and easily between people who are in close contact. Spread can happen when a person coughs or sneezes, or when a person speaks, which unleashes droplets into the air. These droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs.
Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have you experienced any symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Until it is safe to be around others, it is important to stay at home as much as possible and limit any contact with others in public settings as much as possible.
Anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone must take precautions to protect themselves, their family, and their community. Keeping a safe distance from others is a useful way of avoiding being infected by the virus.
If possible, use mobile apps to order products directly from the store website, rather than visiting the store in person. Mobile apps enable customers to order products directly from store websites, and cut down on the time spent waiting in line or going through a busy checkout, thereby eliminating any stress you may experience due to fear of infection. Whenever possible, use mobile ordering for delivery of all essential items, so that you can avoid interacting with others who are shopping, too. Also, you may consider using curbside pick-up services to minimize face-to-face contact with others.
When dealing with deliveries, make sure you keep a safe distance and sanitize the delivery when it is inside your home.
- Secure Social Actions: It is possible to stay socially connected with friends and family who don’t live in your home. Plus, you can use video chat, Smartphone apps, and social media to stay connected.
You might want to consider only attending outdoor gatherings with folks who are from your own household; that way, you’ll still be able to enjoy a picnic or barbeque.
- Stay Safe At Gatherings: It is safest to avoid crowded places or public spaces. Sometimes it is difficult to stay at least six feet away from others, but when you are in a crowd or an awkward situation, a mask can help reduce your exposure to the people around you. When outdoors, leave space of approximately six feet.
- Working Out? Keep Safe Distance: While we’d all like to be outdoors and feel fit, it’s best to take precautions against car traffic and other dangers that can be the cause of close contact. Taking a stroll in public can be a great way to get exercise and relieve stress, but you can take steps to pick a safe place for your outdoor activity and follow recommended guidelines to stay safe as possible while enjoying your workout.
Besides social distancing, we advise that you take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety wherever possible. These are not only for yourself, but also so others in close contact with you will be safe as well. If there is any chance of infection from COVID-19, we recommend taking these steps immediately and continuing them throughout the duration of exposure. Keep this virus from spreading by following good hygiene practices, such as hand washing, and wearing a mask when appropriate. Also, we advise that you be more aware and careful about where you go and what spaces you enter. Wear masks if they’re required, or bring your own (make sure they’re covering your entire nose and mouth area, but not too tight). Continue to clean and disinfect often-used surfaces frequently.
You can also check for more guidelines and advice on the official website of the CDC.
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