HOW SOCIAL DISTANCING Has Become the “Silent Pandemic”
Alternative Medicine|February 2021
We’ve been living in the wake of COVID-19 for nearly a year, and enduring a number of unfamiliar stressors that are causing anxieties to stay elevated. Whether you’re fearful of catching the virus; missing out on upcoming activities and milestones; or struggling with the economic toll the pandemic has had on us both individually and collectively, there are things you can proactively do to make life better.
DR. STEPHEN SINATRA

One issue that concerns me greatly as both a cardiologist and trained psychotherapist is the real impact quarantining, social distancing and increased isolation have had on our emotional and physical health. In many ways, the consequence of social distancing has unearthed a “silent pandemic,” and if we ignore it, some serious health issues can follow.

HOW YOU CAN SAFEGUARD YOUR HEALTH

While no one can wave a magic wand and remove all of the stress and heartache we’ve experienced during this pandemic, there are things everyone can ingratiate into their daily routine to manage anxieties and regain some of our lost human interactions.

1. SOCIALIZE ONLINE. Although we may be limited in how we can connect with one another in-person, technology can help us virtually connect at the “heart level.” Zoom, Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp and other similar applications have made it easy to see and hear from family and friends on a more regular basis. Be very intentional about connecting online with others. Set updates and events. Make it fun and interactive. One of the positive reframes we can take from the coronavirus is that, in many ways, technology has brought us closer together.

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