We all have our own needs when it comes to the subject of personal space. However, when Covid first hit, many of us were happy to increase the amount of personal space around us. In fact, the government encouraged us to do this. Social distancing is something that we could do for many months at a time. What this meant is our usual personal space boundaries had changed. 

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A team from Boston, Massachusetts conducted a study to determine how the pandemic has affected peoples’ preferences for personal space. The results of the study showed that many people were happy to keep to the distances they became used to during the pandemic. The study also showed that the greater the increase in personal space, the greater their perceived risk of catching the virus was. However, there appeared to be no relationship between the increase in personal space and the real risk of infection in Boston, Massachusetts at the time.

The team found that the increase in boundaries may be due to our perceived changes of the “safe zone” around our bodies. The team also found that the use of a safe zone may persist well beyond the pandemic. 

While research needs to take place on a larger scale, it does seem that many people’s personal boundaries have changed due to the impact that Covid has had on all of our lives.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk