As we live in what seems to be a temporary, alternate universe, where our daily routines have been uprooted and replaced with new unfamiliar habits, it can bring a lot of uncertainty, fear, anxiety, and helplessness, not to mention those pesky “what if?” questions that keep our minds spinning. However, in times like this, it’s important to focus on what we can control. The good news is, there is something within our control that each of us can do to contribute in the fight against COVID-19 – that is Social Distancing.
Up until a few weeks ago, many of us had never even heard of the term ‘Social Distancing’ and now it seems to have taken over our daily conversations.
Not long ago, many people decried screen time as an epidemic. But now that humanity finds itself in the midst of an actual disease pandemic, screens are proving to be a boon to the species. Progress in digital technology has perhaps never been more evident than in this moment of widespread social distancing measures.
Without today’s technology, “social distancing” would have meant isolation. From work, education and errands to leisure activities and socializing, technology is making “social distancing” possible with minimal sacrifice compared to what previous generations would have had to endure to achieve the same degree of physical separation.
It is of course true that looking at screens for prolonged periods has its downsides and that moderation is important. But the use of technology to help people stay connected and keep society running smoothly during this pandemic is turning the narrative that digital technology threatens human interaction and happiness upside‐down.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like cancelling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds.
With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers. Experts describe this as “flattening the curve,” which generally refers to the potential success of social distancing measures to prevent surges in illness that could overwhelm health care systems.
All of these recommendations are meant to help foster compliance with what many public health officials say is one of the most important strategies for everyone to comply with (not just those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or feel sick): social distancing.
Social distancing is not an easy thing to do, but it’s necessary when facing a pandemic. Given that it can feel extreme, lonely and sad to avoid people, here’s how you can do your part to reduce the spread of the virus, but still stay sane and feel connected to those you love. Remember, it’s a temporary measure that can help protect countless others (and yourself) in the long run.
Why is social (physical) distancing so important?
Health officials have repeatedly stated that physically distancing ourselves from other people is critical to try and limit the spread of COVID-19 as best we can.
The rationale behind social (physical) distancing is to try and avoid a huge spike in COVID-19 cases that will put too much strain on our health care system all at once. If everyone gets sick at the same time, hospitals will be overwhelmed, and won’t have the capability to provide the necessary treatment for everyone.
Instead, we can focus our efforts to “flatten the curve” and prevent that spike in cases. If everyone does their part and practices social (physical) distancing to slow the rate of COVID-19 spread, it will give hospitals a fighting chance to continue to have room, necessary supplies and health care providers for all patients who need care. This will protect those individuals at greatest risk of serious complications or death.
Ideas to help you stay fit and healthy while social distancing and self-isolating
Social distancing or self-isolating continues with no end in sight. Here are some tips for staying fit and healthy — both in mind and body — while we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to come to an end.
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has swooped on us, and over the course of a few short weeks upended lives and completely changed how we work, socialize, and interact. Many, either through choice or through contact with the coronavirus, are spending a lot more time at home.
Being home is great, but as someone who has spent far too much time sitting over the years (and then had to deal with the repercussions of that), I know how important it is to keep an eye on long-term health and fitness. And it’s not just a physical thing. Stress is at an all-time high, and exercise and movement are both great ways calm, the mind and relieve stress.
So, what can you do to help stay fit and healthy social distancing and self-isolating? Well, here’s what I’ve been doing.
#1: SPEND A FEW MINUTES STRETCHING IN THE MORNING
Whether you’ve only got five minutes, or twenty, spending a few minutes first thing in the morning stretching out and working the joints and muscles can be very beneficial for both the mind and body.
#2: GET SOME OUTDOOR TIME EVERY DAY
Spend some time — even if only a few minutes — outdoors every day. If you have a garden or a park, that’s great. Don’t have either, or maybe the weather is terrible, at least open a window for a few minutes. Breathe so fresh air. Feel nature on your face and skin — whether that be sun, wind, or rain.
There’s something calming about connecting to nature, doubly so during times of uncertainty and stress. I highly recommend finding a patch of grass or a secluded tree, turning off the smartphone, and getting to know it very well.
If you like gardening, that’s the perfect excuse to get outdoors and get moving! Like tinkering with small engines like lawn mowers and snow blowers
One of the greatest exercises you can do because it’s easy to scale it up or down depending on your fitness, and doesn’t cost anything.
I find this to be the best way to relieve stress. Pop some earbuds in, put on some music or an audiobook and put one foot in from of the other. It works great even during times of self-isolation because most of us will know places we can go that are relatively quiet (if not all day, maybe at a particular time of day).
Can’t go outside? Go for a walk indoors. Sounds crazy, but you can get a good walk, especially if you have stairs!
#4: GET UP OUT OF YOUR CHAIR (OR OFF THE COUCH) EACH AND EVERY HOUR
Move more. Most smartwatches and fitness trackers have a feature that reminds you to move every hour if you’ve been still. Use it! Don’t sit for many hours on end hunched over a keyboard. It’s not a viable option in the long term.
Get up, stretch, have a beverage, go look out of a window for a few minutes.
#5: SPEND TIME WITH PETS
Dogs need walking, cats need playing with, other pets could do with some attention. Spend some time with your pets. They’ll enjoy it (well, most will), and you will feel much better.
#6: ONLINE YOGA
Yoga classes are out, but there’s a lot of great yoga online, either in the form of live classes or pre-recorded stuff. I especially recommend practices that put a lot of focus on the breath, because that’s a brilliant stress-buster.
#7: CONVICT CONDITIONING
Really need a good workout but the gym is closed? No problem!
Convict conditioning is a book that was written by Paul Wade that consists of a series of bodyweight exercises that, as the title suggests, can be done while incarcerated. Sounds ideal when self-isolating, right? You need only minimal equipment and a small space, and while the exercises sound simple, let me tell you that they are not.
As you can imagine, the concept has nowadays grown beyond the book and there are countless YouTube channels dedicated to bodyweight training. Here are two I recommend taking a look at if you are interested:
- Red Delta Project
- Al Kavadlo
- Clean your house or apartment like it’s never been cleaned before
- Use stairs instead of the elevator
- Do something — press ups, pullups, squats — each time you enter a room (kitchen, bedroom, office)
- Get an exercise bike
- Get a standing desk
- Get a skipping rope (and realize just how much harder it is now compared to when you were a kid)
This article was brought to you by Safe Space. Safespace is itself a provider a safety technologies and provides related services as required by its customers.
SafeSpace: A Safety System that Qualifies, Secures and Monitors travellers for Zero Contagion during Travel and beyond. It believes that there are 4 key was in which social distancing can be made a success or followed. They are as follows:
- Design the space for movement
- Control the speed of flow
- Qualify what is flowing in
- Finally Distance everything in closed space tightly
SafeSpace also believes that there are few solutions from which we can manage people’s movement in public place such as:
- Sanitization Management
- Queuing and Flow Management
- Limiting Counter
- Access and Entry Management
And for this purpose i.e. social distancing SafeSplace is also providing few products which would help people for the same.
- Counter System
- Cono Wearable System
- Smart Mirror Services
- ML Omnicloud
- Corerock admin platform
- Cono User App
EMAIL ADDRESS [email protected]
PHONE NUMBER +919654677057