Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional, nor am I a medical doctor. The following post is based on my personal experiences and opinion.
Life is a balancing act. Especially in terms of the global pandemic. These days, we’re having to balance between maintaining our (and others!) physical health by staying physically distant and maintaining our mental and social health by not becoming hermits but rather have social relationships.
I remember the months of full-on quarantine. It was a period of uncertainty and waiting.
Sure, everyone was counting their blessings: a forced break from following jam-packed schedules, more time with your housemates, a government that recognizes the severity of the situation.
But with those blessings that came from quarantine also came a severely reduced social life (yes, video chatting was extremely helpful when it came to this but it’s tiring in its own way, too!), a lack of purpose (see this post for more on that), and close companionship not with people who can love you back but with people that live only on the internet and through streaming servies (Netflix, y’all!).
And now that we’re almost five months into the pandemic (at least in North America), we’re starting to see the effects of physical and (even though it may not be purposeful) social distancing.
I’m hearing about the people who live by themselves who did or are currently struggling with loneliness. I’m hearing about the people who are lacking the emotional support that they normally received from family members and friends.
And I personally can attest to how disheartening it was to hang up on a video chat and find myself still stuck in my apartment, unable to physically be with the people I loved. Or when our province started opening up again, how rejuvenated I felt when I finally did extend my social bubble.
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I don’t have the authority to make a statement about whether we need to be more vigilant about the strictness of physical distancing in order to give our health care workers a fighting chance against this virus or whether we need to prioritize our mental wellness a little more so we don’t all turn into unhappy puddles of loneliness and come out of the pandemic unhealthy in a different way.
It almost sounds like a choose-your-own-adventure, doesn’t it?
Except this adventure requires balance and finesse.
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It can’t be all one way or the other. It can’t just be physical distancing or just maintaining your mental wellness. Because if you choose to just focus on physical distancing, your mental and social wellness will take a blow (yes, even you, introverts, it’ll just take longer…), but if you choose to just focus on maintaining your social wellness, you risk catching some unwanted germs.
Moral of this post?
Find a balance, let the scales tip further in one direction or another from time to time if you need to, do your best, be mindful that your actions affect other people, be kind to others.
What are your thoughts on physical vs mental health during the pandemic?
Enjoy the journey as best as you can because it just keeps going,