Belonging vs Separation
Dr. Asaf Bitton, a global health expert at Harvard Medical School doesn’t like the phrase “social distancing.” With good reason. “When we say social distancing, it’s an isolating concept,” said Dr. Bitton. “It’s really about physical distancing while maintaining social connections. If we’re going to do this for a while, we’re going to have to find new ways to be socially connected to each other.” Keeping that connection is part of community building.
When we find ourselves in times of trouble sharing insights and actions can bring us closer together. Two tried and true human characteristics will be useful. Resilience is to bounce back. Grit is to persevere. These are two interacting mindsets that can be relied upon in all sorts of situations. Choose where you focus your attention. Even at the best of times, humans are hard-wired to notice threats and weakness. During the worst of times it is more important than ever for our psychological health to tune into what’s still good in your world.
These strategies for nurturing the four pillars can guide you through times of adversity.
- Write about your emotions, and thoughts regarding the causes and consequences of the experience. Share this with others over a virtual coffee meeting. Even keep a diary.
- Cultivate a sense of belonging with people you know or you may ‘meet’ in the weeks ahead.
- Adopt a “meaning” mindset. This will help you to understand the things that matter to you and that you can do something about.
- Experience awe. At the positive stories you experience of people helping others.
Most importantly we’re here to help and invite you to contact us about how we can be most useful in the days and weeks ahead.