Ways To Cope with Social Distancing — Amizur Nachshoni
Amizur Nachshoni was born in Israel and lived in the US for many years. With 10 years of experience teaching English and Hebrew, he manages to work with all types of students of all ages, starting from children aged 12, to teenagers and adults, working with them offline and online.
Social distancing is actually something you hadn't thought of before of March - and then it's intruded into your life along with the unusual, frightening, and disorienting times the coronavirus pandemic has brought.
It is our nature to come together, to communicate with others, and to be in society. Wherever you are on the spectrum from introversion to extroversion, you need some time alone, and time with others, too. We understand each other in terms of our relationships and our positions. We are wives or husbands, sisters or partners, relatives, colleagues, and neighbors. It is our communication network that defines us.
We are accustomed to being close to each other and one of our fundamental needs is to belong, says Amizur Nachshoni. Sociology tells that proximity is one of the most critical factors of relationships and based on the psychology that we learn when we are more close to others, we are more likely to connect with them and feel optimistic about them.
Here's how social distancing makes sense, and the tension it creates:
Embrace your discomfort - Give yourself permission to get uncomfortable. Times are tough and, if you don't get upset at any point, you probably don't pay attention. The frustration with a lack of contact is a positive sign: you are human and you respect the people around you. You 'd never like it any other way.
Change your language - Instead of referring to "mental distancing," other people have said we're referring to "physical distancing." What we say it - this is linguistic determinism - your expressions form the way you perceive and interpret stuff. If it helps to remember that you are not distancing yourself from others, but rather from the physical contact that allows the virus to spread, then follow this new lingo.
Keep things in perspective - The pandemic has changed all facets of our lives dramatically and we're reinventing how we live, function, and play. While it's impossible that we can return to the way things were, we'll find a new balance. Hold this longer view in mind when you face divergent obstacles every day.
Appreciate all you're learning - The pandemic and the quarantine are pushing us to discuss, understand, and improvise a new reality. These are characteristics of resilience and what will help you survive and move forward is your ability to adapt.
Value your people - During their absence, things often are more apparent and you have been (painfully) reminded of how much your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues mean to you. Now let people know how much you appreciate your relationships with them, and when we come out of quarantine.
According to Amizur Nachshoni, it's unnatural to separate ourselves from others, and getting too close to people with whom we don't have personal relationships may also feel weird. Coping with social distance by accepting your discomfort, changing your vocabulary, keeping things in perspective, appreciating what you know, and valuing the people around you. Whatever the physical gap, being in a group is what matters most, and that is what is going to get us through - now and into the future.
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