Pandemic Year 3: How you can help yourself and others in the community?

It’s year 3…as we watch the pandemic play out on a global scale a feeling of helplessness looms. There is an endless feeling of risk and uncertainty with events, travel, jobs, and just life plans in general. The disruption of our familiar “way of life” is disorienting. All indications are the pandemic is evolving into an endemic. This means coronavirus is here to stay and we need to learn how to deal with it in our day-to-day lives. With no end in sight, resilience and hope will help humans prevail and get through this health crisis.
Power of a good deed: In the midst of something that seems overwhelming, finding tangible ways to do good and make things better for someone else can be a source of comfort. It is important to practice empathy during this time, not only for others but for yourself as well. The smallest but most impactful gesture is to check in on people who might need support. We know if a family member gets covid it’s most likely all members will get infected. Checking up on your friends and delivering food is a gratifying experience. Giving back lowers stress and anxiety. Neighbors, friends, coworkers, and relatives can benefit from a friendly text and/or a video call. It may seem like a small gesture but don’t underestimate the positive impact of checking up on someone. Another way to help is to run errands for those who are at a higher risk. Reach out and see if they need help picking groceries and other supplies. If you know someone who struggles with technology, now could be a good time to assist them with setting up video conferencing tools like Zoom.
Join an online club or class if you miss your hobbies and social outlets. Spread positivity via social media such as Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook, etc. by complimenting your friends, sending birthday wishes, sending a kind note to someone you appreciate, or sharing some feel-good positive news or jokes. Sharing such things could brighten someone’s day. Sign up for volunteer opportunities for emotional support such as volunteer listeners and crisis counselors. Most importantly watch out for signs of isolation and loneliness amongst your friends and family members and find ways to help them overcome them.
Be socially responsible: Getting vaccinated lowers your risk of getting and spreading the virus. Wear a face covering, practice social distancing, and use disinfectant wipes/hand sanitizers when visiting public places.
Practice self-care and healthy lifestyle: Indirect health impacts of the pandemic are stress, depression, weight gain. Incorporate exercise and meditation into your daily routine. Taking care of your own physical and mental health will mitigate Covid anxiety and stress.
Work Home Balance: The pandemic is putting unforeseen pressures on our work lives. Working from home comes with flexibility but also challenges such as lack of social interaction and not being able to unplug. Take breaks in between conference calls and meetings. Leverage video calls for interaction. Work home balance is crucial to avoid “burnout” at the job.
You are not alone: Stay informed through reliable sources and Stay connected to family, friends, and community. It is important to remember that we are in this together and you can make a difference!