Five ways to maintain community during COVID-19

Posted in Health Psychology

Social distancing can feel lonely. Here are five ways to maintain community. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the U.S., thousands of in-person gatherings are being canceled, including sporting events, parades, concerts and church services. While we all have a personal responsibility to practice social distancing,  it can start to feel isolating. People who have anxiety and depression can have their symptoms exacerbated, and people who are not normally depressed or anxious can start to feel disconnected and lonely. However, there are ways to maintain community while still being responsible, according to Dr. Laura Schopp, professor and health psychology department chair in the MU School of Health Professions. “We can mitigate the effects of social distancing by reaching out to others in different ways,” said Schopp, PhD. “It is very empowering when everyone feels like they have a place to make a contribution.” Here are Dr....

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