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Saturday August 1, 2020

How do you use body language to communicate while wearing a muzzle?

Body language is an important medium that supports verbal communication to communicate our feelings and thoughts to others.

With the use of a muzzle to prevent the capture of the Corona virus, the communication process became more difficult, especially with covering a large part of the face. Nevertheless, body language expert Judy James believes that we are still able to communicate from behind the muzzle using body and face expressions and language.

Smile like cats
Judy makes sure that your smile reaches your eyes, as they are the only visible part of your face while you are wearing the muzzle, and you can train yourself in this technique in front of a mirror. Slow your eyelash and make them narrow a bit to show you are smiling.

Head tilt
Usually we resort to tilting the head when listening to or greeting someone, which is part of our regular dealings that can make us appear interested and even optimistic while wearing a muzzle.

Enhanced optical communication
Greater focus should be placed on visual communication when covering the lower part of the face, looking down may indicate that you are not interested in talking to others, while looking directly into the eyes of your interlocutor indicates positive and active feedback.

Move the eyebrows
“Lifting the eyebrows makes us appear interested or excited about seeing someone,” Judy explains. “You can use the method of quickly raising and lowering the eyebrows to greet others or show positive interaction with them.”

Use of hands
The hands are still a major tool for communication and interaction even with the wearing of a muzzle, and although we cannot shake hands with others for fear of catching an infection, there are many signs and gestures that we can draw with our hands to communicate and interact.

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