How We Can Come Together in Tragedy and Times of Anxiety
With the current coronavirus pandemic taking hold around the globe, tragic circumstances and anxiety are at an all time high. Individuals are quarantined within their homes, businesses are shut down, and unemployment rates are skyrocketing. In between all of this is that the major health concerns, ranging from illness to hospitalizations to deaths, are taking hold of many individuals. All of this causes great fear and anxiety.
In the midst of all of this tragedy is the kindness of humanity and concern for others that is popping up on a daily basis. Community members are checking in on their neighbors by phone, email, and text, while others are making masks for their local health professionals or donating food to area firefighters, EMT’s, and police officers. The good news in all of this is that kindness and love for others continues to prevail.
Here are some other ways to come together in times of tragedy and anxiety:
The coronavirus pandemic presents a unique opportunity. It allows us to embrace downtime and even put our focus on helping others. Many people need a helping hand at this time and, if you’re in a position to help, here are some of the ways you can show support for the community:
- Make masks for medical professionals, first responders, and individuals with compromised immune systems
- Donate food or make a monetary donation to a local food bank
- Do food shopping for elderly individuals or those with compromised immune systems
- Check in on others virtually, including family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors
- Provide a sign of hope and happiness by writing good will messages on your driveway in sidewalk chalk or hanging signs in your window
Bond with Family Members and Quarantine Mates
This unique situation also provides a way to increase bonding time with family members and other quarantine mates. Many of us find work is on hold for the time being or less than what it was prior to the pandemic. Embrace this moment! Play board games with family members or watch movies with others in your home. Find ways to improve your relationships during this time. You might just find this bonding and relationship building continues long after the pandemic has ended.
Look Forward to the Post-Pandemic Future
It’s okay to look ahead to brighter and better days. Start thinking about places you want to visit, vacations you want to plan, or people you want to see. You do have to focus on the here and now but that doesn’t mean you can’t look ahead to the post-pandemic future as well. This will also help you to get through this tragedy with strength and may even enable you to put some of the anxious feelings on the shelf for a while.
We Will Get Through This
As you watch the daily news and wonder what the next day will bring, just remember, this is a moment in time. We will get through this! And, it’s okay to experience feelings of anxiousness. Just know that you’re not alone and there are ways to push through these days. Do so with hope, faith, and the knowledge that social distancing efforts are working to lessen the spread of the coronavirus and move towards getting things up and running once again.