ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Social Distancing, Is This a New Way of Life? and How Do I Stay Entertained?

Updated on March 27, 2020
Bishop55 profile image

Rebecca loves sharing what she knows about alternative medicine, health, frugal living, fun, animals, and how to live a better life!

Stay away!

Photo courtesy of Sciencemag.org
Photo courtesy of Sciencemag.org | Source

What is Social distancing?

To put it very simple, social distancing is putting space between yourself and fellow humans to decrease the spread of illness and disease. It seems to have originated with Coronavirus/Covid-19 but it's helping to slow the transmission of other illnesses as well.

Social distancing means staying out of someone's personal space and then add about 3 ft. onto that. They suggest 6ft. It means events that would allow lots of people to congregate need to stop. Sorry, no sports, no mall shopping, no gathering in a church. It also means limiting travel and public transport. Even going to the grocery store, you need to be mindful of the space you occupy and stay out of personal space. It also means that if you are showing signs of illness, that you stay home and stop putting your germs and filth out into the public.

Pandemics are forcing us to be more aware of how we live, what we eat, and how we stay clean. Most of the suggested things during a pandemic to stop the spread of illness are common sense. Things we've grown lazy about. Wash your hands properly with soap, cover your sneezes and coughs, and keep your hands out of your mucous membranes. This is all common sense! But as the world's population increases and germs get stronger, this no longer can be ignored. Social distancing is a bigger measure to slow the spread of viruses and disease.

Photo courtesy of lifehack.org
Photo courtesy of lifehack.org

Living with Social Distancing

For an introvert social distancing may be the dream they've been waiting for. We already know how to function alone and tend to prefer it. We don't get bored. The problem is though, that despite liking to be alone, no one likes to be alone all of the time. Humans require social interaction, we are social by nature. It's funny that it's not an issue to be alone until you are told you have to be. As if removing the choice somehow makes it so much worse.

But we can all use this as an opportunity to grow and enjoy life more. It's a reminder to ask you to really slow down and examine what is important and what isn't. It's a request to help protect people that are already sick, have weak immune systems, underlying health conditions, diabetes, and organ transplants. It's an inquiry of self-examination. How well are you really taking care of yourself?

The disturbing effect of social distancing is emotional. Think twice before you hug and go all kissy on someone and sorry but now is the time to get creative with social interaction.

So how do we adapt to this new way of interacting? Luckily we are living in the age of information. Skype, video conferencing, social media. More than ever before people are working remotely. The internet and video calls don't remove the need for human touch but they sure do help with tolerating the times when we should not be touching. And working remotely helps keep our economy afloat, at least for some professions.

How to stay entertained during Social Distancing

There are so many things you can do to cope and adapt to social isolation. The most important thing though is thinking of others above yourself. If there is a risk you can hurt someone by visiting or being to close to them, then please stay back! It's not worth hurting someone or yourself.

  • Get into nature. Fresh air is always good for the spirit. It's grounding and beautiful. Take your pets for a hike. If you're worried about parks, walk through a cemetery.
  • Use this time to get caught up on chores around the house you've been meaning to tackle. Clean out your garage and closets. Get things piled up to donate to charity. Paint that room you've been putting off. Hoarders can really use this time wisely to get rid of all the junk ruining their homes and families.
  • Learn how to cook or master your culinary skills.
  • Read all those books you've been dying to read but just have not had the time to get to.
  • Take naps.
  • Take some classes online.
  • Start a Youtube channel, or write for Hubpages!
  • Play board games, or video games.
  • Shave! Some of you ladies have gone all winter without doing that. And paint your toenails while you're at it. Won't hurt a man to tidy up either.
  • Learn a new skill. Most things can be figured out by googling or Youtube. Learn how to sew, or cut your own hair (since salons are closed). Learn how to repair or build something.
  • Plant a garden! Learn how to can food!
  • Call or Skype friends and family, especially the elderly or those completely alone in their homes.
  • Contact a charity that needs help. Many places will be short handed and if you cannot stay away from people, get involved. Food delivery and delivery services are nice too if you just need to get out for a drive. Make money and help others by delivering goods.
  • Get to know yourself better and take the time to meditate and slow down.

Is this the new way of life?

I don't know how long social distancing will last, but it seems important to extract the lessons it is teaching us and implementing smarter decisions going forward.

Superbugs, epidemics, and pandemics are not going anywhere. As the population increases and global changes take place it's more likely we will see more of them, not less.

We can't just make changes temporarily. We need to make them now and stick to them. And we can't keep relying on outdated systems or our government to provide for all of our needs.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Insightful article and good suggestions for self-entertaining. I do like being alone, but I also like the option of seeking company when I feel like it. This is a whole new way of living and you underscore the importance of adapting to it.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I live in a remote region and it is a better option. A small community and away from one another. Interesting and informative to know of how you choose to live in this pandemic.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)