I Am Enjoying Social Distancing

Updated on March 23, 2020
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Holley Hyler is an IT consultant and published freelance writer living in New York.


An Introvert's Dream

The COVID-19 pandemic has "forced" many of us to stay in our homes, forego family visits, and explore virtual ways to attend museums and concerts. While I don't wish to minimize the plight of those who do not have the option to work from home, or those who are struggling with loneliness, I wanted to share a perspective that I hope some readers will find heartening.

I actually like social distancing and have been in favor of it long before it was a mandate to combat the spread of the virus. People ignoring the concept of personal space in the grocery store have always bothered me, and leasing office space when you have the capability to work from anywhere has been difficult for me to understand. I wouldn't mind visiting family more often, but lengthy car rides or expensive flights have kept me from doing so. In many ways, social distancing does not feel terribly different from how I have always lived. I regret that the virus is the reason we are doing it now. Otherwise, I have been enjoying the shift to a world in favor of staying home.

Think for Yourself

The media portrays this time as "gloom and doom," and I've heard others refer to it as the apocalypse. But is it really so bad to stay at home, work from the comfort of your couch if you can, and get caught up on Netflix series you've been wanting to watch? This is all assuming you are well. Hospitals are a completely different vibe, and I commend those who are taking care of people who have fallen ill. However, working from home and restricting public gatherings are far from what I imagine the apocalypse to be.

It is a time to slow down and turn inward, something which introverts can do well. Some of us may struggle with getting adequate physical exercise, but there are many things we do to stimulate our minds. We don't get bored easily. To me, it is blissful to be able to turn down an invitation to go out and feel as though I am choosing the correct response. A response that is largely accepted as a norm right now, the right thing to do.

I also noticed, on one news program, the hosts were commenting on how hard it is to work from home and recommended a daily routine to stay on track. I am the type of person who can get out of bed, throw on a bathrobe, and work on the couch. I don't need to be at a desk in order to be productive. While personal hygiene is important, not all of us need such strict conditions to be productive. It got me thinking about how the strongly broadcast views of one or a few people can become popular and sway us to think something that isn't really true for us. If there has ever been a time to think deeply and critically about what is true and what lifestyle works best, it is now.

Appreciate What You Can

While I am disturbed by the circumstances, social distancing isn't so bad and shouldn't be portrayed in that manner.

I hope that once this has blown over, more employers will see the value in their employees working from home - i.e. less stress from a long commute, more time with their families, etc. I am not sure that extroverts will ever understand introverts, or be forgiving when we want to stay home. If you aren't ill and you are an introvert, try to enjoy this time and make the most of it. Read those books you haven't had time for, make that recipe you've always wanted to try, or get started on spring cleaning because it will make you feel so much better. If you are an extrovert, there are still virtual ways to hang out with your friends, without compromising anyone's health.

Whatever the situation, it could always be so much worse. There are many things that are worse than being asked to stay home.

© 2020 Holley Hyler


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    greg cain 

    4 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

    Holley - we are a family of introverts, amazingly enough. We, too, have quite enjoyed these times. The reason for them is not good, of course, and I have empathy for the plight of those who are suffering from the virus, dying from the virus, and working on the front lines to help the sickly and help contain the virus. The main point is that it is not a big ask for people like us to stay at home and avoid other people. I have been and continue to be quite productive during this time, and I also see from here that even as the world approaches a more 'normal' atmosphere someday, many things will, can and should change as a result of all this. The mindset of going all the way back to where we were confuses me...let's change what is appropriate to change, only go all the way back to 'old' ways where it is appropriate to do so.

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    Holley Hyler 

    6 months ago from Upstate New York

    @ Mitara - Right?! Not having to give an excuse is so nice. I could really get used to it.

    @ Kyler - So sorry to hear your experience of social distancing is not quite the same. I often feel the same about not having friends. So many of them live far away, so I don't see them anyway. Online friends still count and you can consider me one!

    @ Bushra - Thank you!

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    Mitara N 

    6 months ago from South Africa

    I see your point,

    Definitely one way of distancing without having to give a reason or excuse, lol.

    Always look on the bright side, love it

    Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the read

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    Kyler J Falk 

    6 months ago from Corona, CA

    I'm really happy when I see that people are enjoying their social distancing, it is a welcome contrast to my own thoughts on the matter.

    Due to my ongoing failures in the search for friendship this social distancing is only serving to remind me that even if I wasn't social distancing I don't have any friends to socially distance myself from! Ha! It is so all-encompassingly depressing!

    I'm glad you are enjoying your social distancing, however, and a call for less shaming around the regular act of it is noble and necessary.

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    Anya Ali 

    6 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan



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