Written by Kyle J. Mabus LMHP, LPC, NCC

What does Social Distancing mean to you?

For millions worldwide, this phrase represents guidelines, recommendations and requirements to reduce spread of a deadly virus. Unfortunately, this phrase does not accurately promote what biological science says the world needs. 

The term “social” defines emotional connection with others. Social behavior includes communication, relationship and conflict resolution with others. Social interaction involves cultural interpretation of eye contact, hand gestures and body language. Socialization is a process of an individual emotionally engaging with group, to form society. In today’s highly advanced technological world, absolutely none of these social attributes require physical proximity. 

The battle with COronaVIrus Disease 2019, (COVID-19) is a biological fight. Science verifies that physical distancing positively impacts this fight. 

Our world needs more socialization, not distance from it. We need to know we are not alone. We need each other. We need to communicate, form and develop relationships and stay together. We need to resolve conflict, share life experiences and express emotions. We can accomplish all of these components from a safe physical distance. 

Next time you hear the phrase Social Distancing, resist the inaccurate subliminal message that you are to disconnect and isolate yourself from other people. Instead, practice responsible physical distancing policies. 

We are not alone. We are all in this together. 

So take the opportunity to Socially Connect today and practice responsible Physical Distancing to reduce viral transmission. 

Kyle Mabus is a counselor at The CORE. He can be reached at MabusCounseling.com.

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