Before 2020 we probably thought of social isolation in a completely different way than we do now. Since March, it has taken on almost a whole new definition as we people all over have had to distance themselves from those who don't live with them.
What will post lockdown/quarantine look like? How will people’s social interactions be impacted? Just to give a frame of reference, a day or so ago my son sneezed. He has environmental allergies and maybe something like dust got to him. My daughter almost jumped out of her skin. He looked at her like she had two heads as he asked her why. Before she could answer, he said “you do know I don’t have the virus right?” She knew. We all knew. We’ve been just around each other since March. The fact remains though that all of the information overload on social media and the news had seemingly taken its toll on her. Truthfully, it’s taking a toll on all of us.
How will kids begin to deal with friends post quarantine? Most likely many will go back to normal behaviors after a while but is that safe? Will parents constantly have to remind kids of the social distancing rules? How will this impact them psychologically? Even as adults, how will we manage relationships with friends and co-workers? What about dating for single people…eek? Will a simple sneeze or cough make people feel so afraid they literally jump or worse?
Psychologists have their work cut out for them as people begin to return to a sense of normalcy outside the walls of their own homes. Begin talking to your kids today about this. Don’t wait until they HAVE TO get back into the swing of things. They need to understand the severity of our worldwide situation yet be educated enough to do the right things so they can still enjoy life. Also, begin thinking about it for yourself, your mate, and even your employees. Life as we know it will be different until there is a cure or vaccine. It can not be the same if we want to stay safe. But we also can not let it turn us into fully panic-stricken citizens.
Today is the day to begin working on your return to socialization plan. Find books, contact a therapist, make a written plan. Do whatever you need to do to find the most healthy way both mentally and physically before we get back to there outside world.