The COVID-19 global crisis is affecting every part of our lives. This includes our finances, our food supply and distribution, corona virus testing, and yes, even our relationships. So how do you practice social distancing and ensure that your relationships remain strong – and safe.
Practice Social Distancing
Is practicing social distancing even possible in the 4 types of strong relationships? Before I answer this, do you know what social distancing is and why it is important and how long to practice it?
Undoubtedly in the midst of what you have been going through with the global pandemic of corona virus, you have at least heard of social distancing. As a matter of fact, if you watch the news, you hear about it every day.
COVID-19 is a virus. Prepare to Bug In just recently did a blog post on Bug In Preparations Against Viruses and explained what a virus is, as well as what you can do to protect yourself. But, let’s look at what the World Health Organization tells us in an overview:
“Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer were thought to be more likely to develop serious illness.”
Social Distancing Guidelines
Social distancing guidelines vary according to our relationship types. Let me break them down for you.
Generally, to practice social distancing, the World Health Organization recommends the following:
• Wash your hands frequently and do a good job of it (at least 20 seconds)
• Maintain a social distance of 1 metre (3 feet). This information is as of March 18, 2020, although this is the only website that I have seen this distance. Everyone else recommends a distance of 2 metres (6 feet)
• Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose (I know; it will be hard. It seems like I have never had my nose itch so much. I just have to remind myself to not touch.)
• If you do not feel well and have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing – STAY HOME and seek medical attention.
• Keep up to date with the latest information regarding the Coronavirus.
I would like to add one more piece of advice here. Don’t listen to people who promise to have a medicine that will cure COVID-19 or offering testing masks. This includes through email, phone, or even by knocking on your front door. Be wary of false claims.
The steps above at least in part or whole can apply to professional, social, romantic and family relationships. But, let’s look at each group to see one unique tidbit that you can use.
Protect Your Professional Relationships
Remember, this can apply to colleagues, customers or clients. If you are a small business owner, your customers or clients are the lifeblood of your business. You do not want them to get sick, so you need to do everything you can to protect them – and yourself.
Communicate what your business is doing to protect them and do it frequently. Keeping in touch with your clients and customers gives them a sense of assurance that you are doing everything you can in these difficult times.
Social Relationships Can Still Flourish
Your friends may not understand why you want to protect yourself – and them – by social distancing. They are used to your going with them to parties or bars; now all of a sudden, you don’t want to play anymore in light of this virus crisis.
But there is hope. You CAN practice social distancing in social relationships. How? Pick up the phone, text, use technology to your advantage.
A recent article in HuffPost says this:
“Social distancing doesn’t mean you don’t get to be social. It just means you have to do it from home for the time being.
“The faster that we can quarantine and prevent the virus from having its next host to replicate in and spread, the faster we will be able to start to regain some normalcy,” Hokeness said.””
Romantic Relationships Can Survive
There are many different ways that partners can practice social distancing. I am going to share with you two links to what Sami Wunder, an international-level dating and relationship expert has written on her blog.
Don’t get frustrated, sad or depressed. Make the best of it and listen to what Sami has to say.
Family Relationships for Married Couples
One of the best pieces of advice I saw for married couples besides talking things out with each other is to make up an imaginary scapegoat that you can blame things on when things don’t quite turn out the way they should.
If the garbage didn’t get taken out, you can say, “Darn, that ________(insert person’s name) is getting lazier and lazier! In my case, my partner and I often use the name of Pixie. It helps take the stress out of things; don’t you think?
While it can be hard to practice social distancing when you’re married, it is doable. For the most part, you can still follow the guidelines as put out by WHO and the CDC, as well as whitehouse.gov.
Family Relationships Involving Kids
What a different world we live in right now when practicing social distancing with your children. They are out of school, they get bored quickly, they may not totally understand what social distancing is.
This is your opportunity to teach children the ins and outs of social distancing. Below is a video I found on YouTube.com that gives a short explanation of the Coronavirus, what it is and how it spreads.
The subject of practicing social distancing can be complex, but we can all ensure we think of others, practice patience and be safe. But above all, stay 6 feet apart from other people. Let’s stop this virus in its tracks and not give it anymore hosts to infect.
Don’t let fear get the best of you. Practice social distancing, no matter what kind of relationship you are in. You CAN do this. Stay positive and stay healthy.
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