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How does social distancing affect our mental health and which technologies may keep us sane in this situation?

Social Distancing is one of the big topics these days. You have to stay at least 1.5 meters away from others, don't gather in groups, and stay out of crowded places as much as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention practicing social distancing is one of the best ways to slow down the spread of a virus. Although this protects us and others from infections it can get hard sometimes. Spouses have to see each other most of the time and people who live alone do not have the opportunity to get physical contact with friends or family, which may lead to loneliness and depression.


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Ever since I started snowboarding at the age of 20, I have been in love with it. Like many other hobbies, the beginning can be kind of hard, but as soon as you got the technique, you are addicted. I regularly go snowboarding and try not to miss any chance to ride, but this year's season was sadly short, due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

So, I thought to myself, why not write about my favorite hobby to shorten the wait for the next season for you and for me. I believe everyone who is into snowboarding like I am, feels the same: When you are standing on your board, it is a very special moment. Your mind is clear and fully synchronized with your body. Even though it gets exhausting after a long day in the cold sometimes, it is like a switch to another reality where nature, board and you are interconnected.

All the better, in the past year's several technologies have entered the snowboarding scene which makes the hobby even more interesting for a techie like me.


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