The coronavirus pandemic has had many long-lasting effects on the world, the systems of the world, and the people living in it. The pandemic has not only wreaked havoc on the economy but also on people. It has been very difficult making the switch to social distancing. Humans are social creatures and in a way, you can compare us to plants. Humans need sunlight, water, care, and diversity to truly blossom.

The stay-at-home orders have taken some of these things away from us. Monotonous routines have become the norm during isolation, and we are adopting easy but dangerous habits. The lack of sleep, poor eating habits, lack of exercise, lack of sunlight, and in some cases poor hygiene have begun plaguing people who work from home. It can be hard to differentiate between the days when every single day is the same. Once the days begin to blend into one another, our routines become more monotonous and possibly unhealthy. Another effect of the stay-at-home orders is the isolation and feelings of loneliness it has caused. The heartbreaking fact is that isolated people tend to seek isolation after a few weeks of forced isolation. If you find yourself in this situation, a situation where you miss your loved ones and your friends but you find yourself scared or unwilling to reach out to them, we’ll be sharing a few things that can help.

As a result of the pandemic, physical isolation is recommended, but there are other ways around it. If you’re struggling to understand feelings of isolation, here are two tips to help you understand and combat isolation.

1. Perspective

A famous quote by Seneca goes thus ‘We suffer more in imagination than in reality.’ Yes, you feel alone, but you must remember that you are not actually alone. Billions of people around the world are also going through the same thing. This is not to invalidate your feelings in any way; however, it will help you understand that your friends and family are probably feeling the same way, and they would love to hear from you. Your community appreciates the fact that you’re following stay-at-home orders and doing your part to end the pandemic.

2. Physical Distancing, Not Social Distancing

The term ‘social distancing’  spread quickly. This has its pros and cons. The term did its job by emphasizing the necessity of standing at least six feet apart; however, the selection of the term ‘social’  had some side effects because social doesn’t only include physical relationships, it also includes relationships not defined by physical proximity. A more apt term would be ‘physical distancing’ because it places emphasis on the physical necessity for space without placing a restriction on socializing. You are putting physical distance between you and others, not social.

You can combat feelings of isolation by:

  1. Going outside daily
  2. Speaking to friends, family, and loved one daily
  3. Getting some form of exercise at least 4 times a week
  4. Having social interaction daily.

Isolation can be a harrowing and scary feeling, but it is important that you remember you are loved and that you are not alone.