(from Kids Help Phone Web site)
‘’ Schools are closed, events are cancelled, no more sports, no more in-person Scouts meetings and activities, and I must keep social distancing so I cannot see my friends … as a result of the new coronavirus I must adjust to a lot of changes ….’’
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is about spacing people out to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. It’s also called physical distancing to help remind people it’s not about stopping social connection, it’s about giving ourselves room to avoid catching/spreading the disease.
Physical distancing may bring up different emotions for people.
- Some people may value a slower pace of life and more time spent at home.
- Some people may be dealing with feelings of stress, fear, anxiety and isolation/loneliness.
It’s totally understandable you may be feeling a range of emotions right now, but you can find comfort in knowing you’re not alone — we’re all going through this together.
It is important to:
- wash your hands often and practise good hygiene (and encourage others in your living space to do the same)
- avoid physical contact with people outside your living space
- keep at least two metres (about six feet) of space between yourself and others in public
- stay home as much as possible
- stay away from crowded areas
- be mindful of face-to-face contact with people who are more vulnerable to the virus (e.g. elderly people/people over age 65, people with other illnesses, etc.
Remember that support is available whenever you need it — you can always talk about whatever’s going on for you to someone you trust or a resource like Kids Help Phone https://kidshelpphone.ca/ or Tel-Jeune https://www.teljeunes.com/Tel-jeunes-en