This is a shorter post reiterating what I think is the most important message during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Please focus on social distancing. It is not imbedded in our minds, and thus it will take time to get used to. Personally, I was shocked as I was told at a local supermarket to move away as I was not abiding by the 1.5m distance rule. We are not used to having these restrictions, but we must continue to try. If you don’t need to go out, stay at home. Through social distancing and following government measures, we can flatten the curve, and we can return to normality.
However, by focusing on social distancing, it can be easy to neglect relationships. When we are moving around in public, conversation is easy. In fact, we are often put into situations where we are forced to communicate. There is no effort, it is natural. Now we have all been placed in a position where we must make a conscious effort to communicate with others. This will inevitably be a lonely time for everyone to varying degrees, but we must all ensure that we are staying connected. Social media allows for communication to be as accessible as possible. Keep in touch with friends, check up on people you care about and find someone to talk to if you are struggling.
Through this unknown period, focus on social distancing and self-isolation. Practise applying the measures your government has requested into your lives so that we can flatten the curve of Covid-19. However, do not distance yourself emotionally. Stay connected and keep in touch.
As a writer and blogger, this is a difficult period. I don’t want to turn this blog into a newsfeed about Coronavirus. If you have any ideas of topics that you would be interested to hear my thoughts on, please let me know in the comments below!