Physical Distancing & Social Connection

This is a term I heard Rabbi Rottenberg use in a CNBC report recently. His synagogue in Rockland County, NY experienced a mass shooting over a year ago. The reporters were checking back with the Rabbi to see how his congregation was managing in the current crisis.

aTqby68TMHe made the point, that while they were apart, they were still a community. He said we shouldn’t be social distancing ourselves, while we physically distance ourselves. Now more than ever, we need to be making social connections. This distinction really struck me.

We certainly need to stay more at than arms-length from others. (Six feet is probably two-arms-length.) But now more than ever we need to connect with each other, support each other, and take care of ourselves.

Taking care of ourselves starts first. It’s just like with the airplane safety instructions about what to do when the face masks drop. Parents are supposed to fix their own mask first, then take care of kids. This applies to us now.

Sunset Sunset a couple of weeks ago makes me breathe deeply.

Here are some suggestions from my Noom App for taking care of ourselves. You’ll recognize these ideas. They’re not new, but so much more important now than before:

  1. Get plenty of sleep
  2. Exercise-outside if you can
  3. Eat healthy meals
  4. Practice meditation/deep breathing
  5. Hug yourself (we’re missing a lot of physical touch right now)
  6. Reach out on social media (Our church services are now on Zoom & Facebook. My writing chapter’s meeting Saturday was on Zoom. So good to see faces of friends.)
  7. Read/watch positive, uplifting affirmations, books & movies. (Joanne Guidoccio shared good quotes in last week’s SOS blog.) https://sisterhoodofsuspense.com/2020/03/20/in-praise-of-quotes/

That gets to what we on the SOS blog write. No matter how suspenseful or what bad stuff happens in our books, they have a Happily Ever After ending or at least a Happy for Now ending. People desperately need that now–hope we will get through all of this. And we will, even if life is substantially different afterwards. Our characters showing courage will inspire our readers to show courage. So, keep writing and reading.

What have you been doing to help get you through these troubling times?

I think I’d also add to the list above: Order take out from your local restaurants. 😊 Be safe out there.

ACT OF TRUST is Book 2 in the Second Chances Series. The heroine is a widow who lost her husband on 9/11. I’ve heard people liken our current situation to this event. And yes, with all my books, you get a Happily Ever After.

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