With so many restaurants having to close , events cancelled, and millions out of work during COVID-19, of course there’s been an impact on the economy, but is there also be another type of recession brewing?
Now that we’ve been behind closed doors for so long — not only do we face an economic recession — but experts say a social one as well. A social recession is a fraying of social bonds. This can impact people’s moods, health, ability to work and learn, as well as harm their sense of community.
“It’s going to take some time to transition,” said Flora Torra, a psychologist.
There are things we can do to make sure our social muscle doesn’t atrophy.
First, spend at least 15 minutes each day communicating with people...other than the people you’re living with.
Second, make the time you do spend with people as distraction-free as possible.
Third, practice moments of solitude.
Fourth, reach out and help others, but keep in mind, it’s going to take different amounts of time for different people to feel like our new normal is normal.
“Let’s be more thoughtful or conscious of space from now on,” said Torra.
Long before the novel coronavirus separated people, loneliness was rampant. In 2018, an AARP study found 35 percent of people over the age of 45 were already lonely. And by most measures, more adults in the United States struggle with loneliness than smoke or have diabetes.