Social Distancing: The New Normal

by | Jun 11, 2020 | Mind

When we hear the word “Social distancing”, the first image that bubbles up in our mind is being in cages, isolation, or halt to a fun-filled life. But it is not like that. It basically requires you to maintain a “physical distance” between yourself and others. You simply need to be conscious in your everyday routines to minimize close contact with others by:

  • Avoiding as much as possible, crowded places and non-essential gatherings 
  • Avoiding greetings gestures, such as hugs and handshakes
  • Limiting contact with people at higher risk of catching infection (e.g. older adults and sick people)
  • Maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet (~2 meters / 2 arms’ length) from others

Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection control action to stop or reduce the spread of a highly contagious disease. It is an observable practice to lower the risk in most circumstances. 

Social distancing is a fruitful action for all beings and to make it bearable rather than a major source of strain, we must insist on maintaining our social and emotional support.  

To accomplish Social distancing, we should prefer to work from home, cancel mass gatherings and events. We should stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from other people. All these measures are trying to achieve the same thing but with slightly different strategies and a slightly different touch.  

During any pandemic, virus can spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets in the form of aerosols from their mouth or nose spreads into the air and the people nearby inhale it. It may be possible that a person can get infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.   

Social distancing helps in limiting opportunities to encounter contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home.  

Things we should do for Social connection during social distancing:  

  1.  Connect digitally to build community and prevent feelings of loneliness. Learn and share ideas and skills, make the most of being in touch by interacting with people and groups that use the platforms in a positive way.  
  1. Restore Family bonding: Enjoy time at home with your family. Cook and eat dinner together. Blow the dust-off games and puzzles. Teach and practice life skills such as cooking, doing laundry, sewing on a button, or cleaning the bathroom. Plant a garden.  
  1. Attend a class or meeting virtually: We Should attend any class or online course of our interests, office meetings, school classes, gyms, yoga studios, cooking classes, craft classes, etc. which will surely boost immunity, deliver positivity and energy.  
  1. Make a phone call to friends, loved ones and relatives. Sometimes just hearing someone’s voice can be enough to lift spirits. Asking them how they’re doing. Even if a call ends up being a voicemail, you’ve let someone know you were thinking about them, which is always good medicine.  
  1. Provide financial support, food support, or any other support that you can afford to help the needy.  

During these overwhelming times of Coronavirus pandemic, here we introduce “SAVE THE MATCHES” a game to help you remain pro-positive, encourage to maintain, and practice social distancing during a pandemic. In addition to this, the game would also help you to reduce stress, increase focus, resilience, and physical well being. 

Dr. Bob Singhal

Professor Bhupendra 'Bob' Singhal, has taught creativity by joy and right-brain thinking, is a renowned international architect, won major design competitions, has over 70 awards, publications, and media mentions, and served as President of the American Institute of Architects South Bay. In 2011, in his book Joy in Health and Happiness: Your Optimal Path to Success, Professor Singhal wrote about the transformative power of joy and helped readers learn to enhance their daily experience of it.


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