Post-Pandemic Thoughts on the Importance of Human Contact

Image from https://www.mayoclinic.org/

We’re well into this new form of existence, several months now, with no end on the horizon. How has this pandemic affected you? And I don’t just mean the frustration of not being able to socialize and I don’t even mean the extremely unfair outcome of unemployment for MILLIONS.

I mean the impact on our psyches.

The longer we have to wear masks and practice social distancing (especially hard for demonstrative, huggy-kissy touchy-feely people like me) I wonder how conditioned we’ll become to it. After endless months, will this become the “new normal?” Masks are sort of becoming a fashion statement, for pete’s sake! Touch is so important for feeding our souls. What about those who live alone and thus are without human contact AT ALL? At least we can chat (and, my preference–videochat!) but that doesn’t offer the warmth of a hug.

I’ve just been wondering, the longer this goes on, will be become so used to it that we’ll feel NAKED without our masks even after this pandemic is over? Will we view movies and think, “those people are entirely too close to one another!”? CoVid19 has social implications that will scar humanity for years to come, I’m afraid.

This article mentions the importance of hugs, and states;

Family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

https://www.healthline.com/health/hugging-benefits#6

So I feel deeply for those who aren’t getting their daily requirement of something as basic as a hug. Be glad if, like me, you are isolated with loved ones from whom you can give and receive hugs at any time, because they’re more important than you may realize.

Stay safe and well!

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