Guide to Social Distancing & Work from Home: By you, for you!
03 Apr, 2020
5 min read
Global economic recession is on our heads as I write this article.
Every article getting published these days talks more or less around these three words. Which industries are going to be hit, what to expect, how to make the best of your savings, how businesses can tackle these hard times, and whatnot.
LinkedIn. Twitter. Facebook. Every social media platform is jam packed with these kinds of articles.
But there’s one other recession we should be afraid of.
As countries and countries around the world are closing down their non-essential places, locking down entire states, cities, to fight against this unprecedented situation; people are asked to social distance themselves for their own sake.
While the words ‘social distancing’ were music to my ears, and the idea of being in my comfort zone at my house working, writing, and editing, sounded magical, the reality was not so. I am sure you would agree to this if you’ve been in isolation for more than a week.
Humans are social creatures and we are hardwired to be in touch with people, form new relations, all of us. Even the introverts.
So social distancing being opposite of what we are used to, it is natural that it will have some effects on us. And it does.
It affects your mental, physical and physiological health.
“Short periods of Isolation can cause increased anxiety or depression ‘within days’”, said Dhruv Khullar, a physician and researcher at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. This is what being alone or in self-isolation can or is doing to people mentally. Additionally, according to John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, people get lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds. Meaning it is going to hit people physically as well.
I don’t mean to scare you with this, but unless and until we don’t know what’s in store for us with this indefinite lockdown and social distancing, we won’t be able to take the right measures to keep our sanity intact during these times.
To help professionals working from their homes or people in general, we decided to address this situation in our weekly tech updates section, and talk about the effects this situation can have on us and how to get through this without losing our minds.
Since we’ve already talked about how it can affect us in the beginning, and I don’t want to go into details here as it can trigger something bad in their minds, let’s dive right into the good part.
Because sometimes all we need is a little magic.
These hard times won’t last forever, but until they are gone, let’s stay strong and practice social distancing with the right attitude.
When all of this is over, don’t rush yourself into things and social situations. Don’t start hogging junk food at the first chance. Your mind and body would have, by then, gotten used to the current situation. And if you throw yourself at the speed of light into the opposite environment, it is not going to end well for you.
The transition will be hard, harder than you can imagine, and we will have to take baby steps towards the future. So, even though we are all eagerly waiting for all of this to get over, to meet our loved ones, eat our favorite dishes, visit that favorite spot, it will all have to wait a little bit longer. For your own good.
Till then let’s stay at home, practice social distancing, and keep rocking!
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