This is a shorter post reiterating what I think is the most important message during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Please focus on social distancing. It is not imbedded in our minds, and thus it will take time to get used to. Personally, I was shocked as I was told at a local supermarket to move away as I was not abiding by the 1.5m distance rule. We are not used to having these restrictions, but we must continue to try. If you don’t need to go out, stay at home. Through social distancing and following government measures, we can flatten the curve, and we can return to normality.

However, by focusing on social distancing, it can be easy to neglect relationships. When we are moving around in public, conversation is easy. In fact, we are often put into situations where we are forced to communicate. There is no effort, it is natural. Now we have all been placed in a position where we must make a conscious effort to communicate with others. This will inevitably be a lonely time for everyone to varying degrees, but we must all ensure that we are staying connected. Social media allows for communication to be as accessible as possible. Keep in touch with friends, check up on people you care about and find someone to talk to if you are struggling.

Through this unknown period, focus on social distancing and self-isolation. Practise applying the measures your government has requested into your lives so that we can flatten the curve of Covid-19. However, do not distance yourself emotionally. Stay connected and keep in touch.

As a writer and blogger, this is a difficult period. I don’t want to turn this blog into a newsfeed about Coronavirus. If you have any ideas of topics that you would be interested to hear my thoughts on, please let me know in the comments below!

10 thoughts on “Social Distancing NOT Emotional Distancing

  1. I agree with you. And as someone who lives in a country with a more or less effective lockdown, I find myself in a strange situation. First, I am busy starting my own IT security business – which is hard as everyone is working at home. Face-to-face networking is impossible, as all meetups are currently illegal.
    However, if I am not busy with my own business – I find myself preparing for the possibility of a 2022 wedding. I won’t bother with the precise details, partially because of privacy. Though I guess this would not be such an issue for me, if I had not to face a lockdown-in-practise.

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    1. There are so many challenges and thank you for sharing your difficulties! I think the fact that everyone is in the same boat is something important to consider, and there is a clear end point. Wishing you all the best 🙂

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  2. You are correct that there is a difference between physical/social distancing and emotional distancing. I’m a hugger and I can’t do that now. I’ll talk to anyone and love to listen to other’s stories so blogging has been a life saver. I sent a text yesterday to a neighbor/sewing friend who at 83 we want to protect. I told her I would be rounding her corner on my walk and we could wave. She came outside and we had a delightful, short and loud (more than 6 ft and she didn’t have her hearing aids in) conversation for a few moments before I told her to get inside where it was warm and I went off on my walk to see other neighbors walking dogs. We greet from across the street and check on each other. Some of us watch for curtains to open of elderly neighbors to see if all is well. If you are emotionally distant, it’s inherent in your being. All I can do is send out cards and texts to let others know they are in my thoughts. I do hope you find the silver lining in all of this. Change is painful but change we must. Stay well.

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences and thoughts! As you have mentioned, looking out for each other is the best thing we can do during this time. And that can be achieved through many different actions or words, some which you have mentioned you do on a regular basis! Wishing you all the best during this time 🙂

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