Folks, let’s talk about ‘Social Distancing’. Us humans are ‘social’ beings which means we seek and crave companionship and are suited to living in communities, yes? It’s wired into our DNA, our bones. Ya feel?
Well, nothing about that has changed. We are seeing, and sure you are too, humans getting real creative with ways to continue to connect, and be connected in these times. We’ve seen virtual choirs, online fitness, neighbourhood flyer message services, home delivery of meals, virtual galleries and gigs, Skype celebrations and so much more!
Aren’t we clever, us humans!?
Johann Hari, author of the fantastic book “Lost Connections” speaks about loneliness, and how we can feel lonely even when surrounded by others. Loneliness is when “we don’t share anything that matters with those around us”
Right now we are all sharing an incredibly unique, globally pivotal experience with the entire planet. It matters, we matter, and how we keep connecting to each other matters a BUNCH right now.
Local forums online are popping up, letters to our vulnerable, Skypes to loved ones, sharing of music, exercise, and creative ways to get through day’s at home. We are behaving more socially than ever!
LOOK AT US GO!
So while we ride this wave of keeping ourselves and others safe, and overcoming the spread of this virus, we MUST practice PHYSICAL DISTANCING but it does not stop us from practicing our basic human need of being social and connected. We just have to do this differently for a while.
And sure, it’s going to be hard. We want to hug our friends, visit the older people in our lives, we want celebrations to be in the same room as each other, to mark the end of someone’s life together in ceremony. And so so so many people’s livelihood and work requires physical closeness with each other.
Friends, this WILL pass, and we will be able to physically connect again one day. But let’s keep socially connecting from our homes, keeping us vitally alive in what is the human experience!
Over here at Rumpus, we are following the media, watching the news, reading the articles, listening to the podcasts, feeling the feelings. We are learners, our work is about learning. National Reconciliation week has driven home just how much further we have to go in truly working towards healing.
Did you know that drawing, singing, dancing, knitting, any creative practice, actively reduces stress hormones and promotes calming of our nervous system?
Rumpus delivers a range of training and creative programs on mental health and psychological safety for teams. We are based in the beautiful Illawarra, the perfect spot for team off-sites and retreats, just 90 minutes south of Sydney.
Mental Health First Aid is the nationally accredited training for individuals and teams to be able to effectively respond to mental health issues. Rumpus is providing Online Mental Health First Aid to individuals, organisations and workplaces throughout Australia. We serve people in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.
Are you feeling wired, hyper-vigilant and awake? Panicky, fluttery in the belly, a bit shaky? Or exhausted, flat and drained?It’s so very likely that right now many of us are in Survival Mode: our flight/fight response is ON, adrenaline is surging and we are unconsciously and consciously primed to perceive danger. This is so understandable right now. We’ve never been through this before.
As we try and find a rhythm in this new way of being and living right now, try to remember to include a dose of nature, each day. It will do us all the world of good.
The Irish Government are choosing to describe ‘self-isolating’ and ‘quarantine’ as Cocooning.
Skillshare invites anyone in the community to share a skill by teaching a class. We are not seeking experts, we are seeking passionate individuals who are eager to pass their knowledge along.
Pay-it-forward for an artist from bushfire affected South Coast to attend retreat. Make a donation to support the Giving Chair at Jamboree Creative Escape.