How I Can I Avoid Isolation While Social Distancing?
Our world is certainly a different place than it was a few months ago. For most of us, that means spending most of our time in our homes, without interacting with others outside our immediate family.
But even while upholding the practices of social distancing to keep ourselves and other safe, it's still important to remain socially active. Our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wants to share some insight about the topic.
Why Is Being Social Important?
When we think about our health, being socially active doesn't often come to mind. But research in the last few years has shown that social isolation and loneliness can be just as hazardous for our health as many chronic medical conditions.
Those who are isolated are at a higher risk of mental health issues such as depression, as well as physical health conditions like heart disease.
Those at High Risk of Isolation
- Being age 50 and older
- Living alone
- Having some type of impairment
- Having low socioeconomic status
- Experiencing life transitions
How Can I Be Social While Distancing?
So, that brings us to our current situation—how can you reap the benefits of being social without actually physically seeing people? It takes a little creativity, but you can stay engaged with others virtually.
Think of the different activities you do with others in your “normal” life and then think up ways to do something similar in the safety of your home. There are plenty of ways to stay connected even while we're physically distancing.
Ways to Stay Socially Connected
- Host a virtual cooking class or game night on Zoom or another platform.
- Invite friends to participate in a book club, with meetings on Facetime.
- Interact with others more often on social media or via email, rather than being passive.
- Connect with family and friends often over the phone and via Facetime or a video conference.
- Have a social distancing dinner with friends over a video connection.
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