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Social Distancing is not Emotional Distancing

Social Distancing is not Emotional Distancing

COVID 19 is here for good. We don’t know how we are going to oust it. But, we will not give up without a fight, that’s for sure. One of the requirements of not being infected is social distancing. Many people are not comfortable with keeping a distance from others, thinking that such a distance would affect relationships. But, social distancing is not emotional distancing. This is what Eminent Psychiatrist Dr. Devendra Save tells us.

Social Distancing is not Emotional Distancing

Dr. Devendra Save

Dr. Devendra Save says, “As we continue to observe social distancing, we also have to keep reminding ourselves, social distancing does not mean emotional distancing. In other words, we must continue supporting ourselves as well as our near and dear ones. Stay connected with them virtually. Ask them how they’re feeling.”
He adds, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we must stay united, even though we’re physically apart. This will allow us to better cope with the stress and anxiety many of us are dealing with. Some activities the CDC recommends people to engage in include exercising, meditating, reading and disconnecting from social media or news platforms. Essentially, any activity that will help us decompress will be beneficial to our emotional well-being, which is just as important as our physical well-being.”

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Photo by Markus Spiske from Pexels and Dr. Devendra Save.

About Gayatri T Rao

A double post-graduate (MSc. - Botany and MA - English Literature) Gayatri T Rao is a Senior Multimedia Journalist with vast experience in writing on varied topics.

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