As with most things, there are pros and cons to think about. Social distancing is no different. What's going on in the world at the moment is crazy and awful, but for lots of people, not much has changed. When we hear the phrase 'social distancing', there are many things that pop into our heads, 'when can I see anyone again?', 'what am I going to do now?'. However, for some, many positive questions enter their mind. Therefore, is social distancing good or bad for us?
No Social Gatherings
For all us extroverts out there, social gatherings are just a part of life, and without them it feels like a part of us is missing. So having to social distance ourselves from people we usually like to spend time with, is really difficult. On the other hand, many people I've talked to have said that nothing has changed as they never really went out much in the first place.
Working From Home
So many people are experiencing working from home at this very minute. Half the people are loving it, while the other half are not. The people that are enjoying working from home say it's a great time to focus on projects they would never have gotten done otherwise. However, the others hate not being able to be out there in the world and have a normal routine.
Over the last few weeks, I've realised that most people I know get the majority of their social interactions over apps like Instagram and Snapchat. Now, when face-to-face interactions are being shutdown, it would be obvious that social media use is going to go up. Social media can be a dangerous place for our mental health, but at a time when seeing people in real life is becoming less and less possible, is it the way to go?
Personally, my TV watching habits have not changed over the past few weeks, however, with more people at home it would be crazy to think that other peoples haven't. Watching TV is a great distraction from the world outside, and is a good way to keep entertained, but the question would be, is it stopping us from doing more proactive things?
Honestly, I couldn't really find any cons for this one...until I researched typical ways to practice self-care and realised how boring it can be. For some, putting on a face mask and having a relaxing bubble bath is the way to show you love yourself. However, these don't have to be the only ways. For all the active people out there, letting yourself have a workout in the garden can be a great way, or cooking yourself a delicious meal. Find your own specific ways to practice self-care and there will be no cons.
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