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COVID-19: Types of isolation

Sonder   |   Mar 25, 2020 3:06:35 PM
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Whilst many of us embark upon a prolonged period working, studying or spending time at home, it's important to remember that the isolation we are experiencing need not cut us off from the things we enjoy in life. We've taken some time to think about the different types of isolation and have compiled them - it’s important to understand the difference. 

“Isolation” - it's a concept that has become very prominent in our global community since the COVID-19 infection. 

Let’s explore the different types of isolation;

  • Physical - being physically or geographically cut off from people. 
  • Social - The absence of social interactions.
  • Emotional -  Being unable or unwilling to share their emotions with others. Someone may be reluctant to discuss anything but the most superficial matters. 

We need to remember as we navigate through the current challenges, it’s only the physical isolation that needs to be adhered to. We can continue, and even increase, our social and emotional interactions. 

FaceTime, Zoom, and other tools like these are our friends right now. We usually use these for meetings and learning but now we should look to use them for much less formal interactions. When we are with friends and family in person we don’t expect every minute to be productive. Find ways to replicate the “in between-moments” digitally, such as organising a meal over a video conference. 

Sonder's support team are here to talk, 24/7. All of the team are mental health first aid trained and are ready to support you - however you might need it. Call, chat or swipe for help anytime, seriously. We are in this together.