Intimacy vs. Isolation: Why Relationships Are So Important
As the world endures the Pandemic our world has drastically changed. As it changes we are forced to social distance, so does the isolation many people feel during this time. Many people begin to experience some degree of anxiety, stress, and feelings of social isolation. It’s critical that you find ways to limit feeling and find unique ways to stay in touch with your social circles safely while maintaining close relationships. Many people have found ways to have Zoom parties; this is a great way to stay in touch yet keeping your distance. These types of activities are a great way to maintain optimal mental well-being during these stressful times.
Erik Erikson, a developmental psychologist, formulated his theory on Intimacy vs. Isolation, which he identifies eight stages from infancy to adulthood. In his theory, People experience various psychosocial crises depending on eight stages in one’s life that can have profound effects on the individual’s personality. During this time of social distancing, isolation and loneliness can harm your mental health, and you must be purposeful in filling that void. Lacking social connections can be as damaging to one’s health as the virus itself. Let’s explore five options that will allow you to stay connected during this time, keeping you from being isolated while keeping your relationships healthy.
The Feeling Of Isolation
As I enter my second month of working at home by myself, I am beginning to feel disconnected from my social circles. I can’t go to church or hang out with my friends. Most of you are feeling the same way or have felt some form of isolation in the past. You may feel all alone and that no one else is experiencing these same feelings. Remember, as humans; you are not alone; we crave and need contact with others to meet our needs.
This feeling of isolation can make you feel overwhelmed, and in a dark place, some people will act out with anger or anxiety and withdraw more. This can quickly become a self-destructive cycle. There is no shame in feeling depressed and angry, but you must recognize this and turn things around before you drive those who are interested in being your friends away.
Ways to socialize in today’s world
1. Online Conferencing
There is nothing more exciting than chatting with different people from around the world on various platforms such as Zoom or Skype. Interacting with other people online is a good way of passing the time, and it might lead to exciting opportunities down the road. For instance, there are several forums about the Coronavirus pandemic in which people from around the world have been sharing information about what is happening in their localities. Speaking to other people is an excellent way to gain new knowledge, as you can learn from others who are approaching this Pandemic in interesting ways.
2. Multi Player Video Games
One of the best ways to get over the Coronavirus blues is to spend some time gaming. These days, gaming doesn’t have to be a solo activity; there hundreds of multiplayer games where you can play and socialize at the same time. Instead, you can interact with family members and friends, immediately alleviating any form of boredom. When sitting around with several close people, it’s easy to forget about current hardships as you make positive interactions with one another.
Most people don’t take the time to stop and think about where they want to go. Although getting professional help is always a good idea, meditation can work wonders for your mental health. In this Coronavirus pandemic, the opportunity to meditate has presented itself because people have lots of time to burn. Look for a quiet room or find a tranquil place outdoors. Close your eyes and let your mind run. For better mental health, everybody should meditate every day. Not only does it help you relax, but it also enables you to find out more about yourself, so you’re better-equipped to deal with the Coronavirus blues.
4. Physical Fitness
Working out is a great way to pass the time, especially if one dedicates themselves to doing it daily. Keeping the body fit can also work wonders for your mental health, helping you avoid boredom, and ensuring good health. These are excellent priorities to chase after in the time of Coronavirus. There aren’t many better ways to get over the Coronavirus blues than exercising at home and working up a sweat. There are so many benefits. First of all, working out leads to exhaustion, ensuring a good night’s sleep. Everybody should develop a fitness regime suitable for their lifestyles, as it aids the body and the mind.
5. Catch up with old friends
Chatting and video calling close friends and even old friends can be a great way to stay connected and catch up. If you not into chatting, you can communicate via text messaging or on Facebook. Technology has provided us so many ways to stay connected. Comment on posts you read or upload fun pictures; you’re sure to start a conversation with someone; it’s like having a pin pal. Their many ways to stay connected, you just have made an effort. Don’t forget you’re not alone during these tough times!
Maintaining physical health during the Pandemic is essential, and I am glad to see all those who are taking more walks and running. These are safe and productive ways to get out of the house and get some fresh air.
Not only does this increase your happiness levels, but it can pay dividends for your mental health. In these times, we must ensure that we are fit not only physically but emotionally. Social distancing does not have to isolate you from your relationships, but it does mean you have to work a little harder to maintain and find unique ways to stay connected.