Keeping Close To Your Loved Ones Is More Important Than Ever

With technology as advanced as it is today, adapting to the ‘new normal’ should be easy, right? After all, from attending work meetings to buying groceries, almost everything can be done over the internet, with just a tap on your smartphone.

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With technology as advanced as it is today, adapting to the ‘new normal’ should be easy, right? After all, from attending work meetings to buying groceries, almost everything can be done over the internet, with just a tap on your smartphone.

Granted, we can continue with most functions in our daily lives, but loneliness and a sense of disconnectedness is one thing that cannot be salved by virtual socialisation. For those who aren’t active on social media, the isolation can feel even worse and be harder to manage. It’s no wonder that depression is on the rise due to COVID-19.

Although there are strict social distancing rules in place, we can still go out and socialise in small groups. Don’t skimp on this: these less frequent and more intimate gatherings are very important for your mental well-being. Meaningful interactions can help ease feelings of isolation and loneliness and improve your mood.

Go ahead and continue to meet up with your close friends and family. If you want, consider catching up in less crowded places with fewer distractions. Regular exercise is also scientifically known as a great mood booster — exercising fights depression by releasing serotonin in your brain, helping to regulate your mood, sleep and appetite. Thus, you can also consider pursuing an interest or taking up a new sport. Not only is this great for building your mental and physical strength, but you may even get to meet other like-minded individuals and join a new community!

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