In these unprecedented times of uncertainty and social distancing, the knowledge that we are all experiencing inconveniences and anxieties together can be a form of support. Another way we can feel a stronger sense of solidarity is by helping our neighbors. Here is some information on social distancing and how to help your community.
Until last week, I had never heard the term “social distancing”. I now get the feeling it is going to be one of those terms that defines the year 2020. I’m sure you’ve heard, social distancing is the practice of keeping oneself a certain distance from other people. In the case of the coronavirus pandemic, experts are recommending keeping a distance of six feet away from others. In order to reduce exposure, is also advised to reduce activities out of the house. While at the time of writing this blog post, there had been no orders from officials in North America for citizens to quarantine themselves, each of us has a personal responsibility to minimize contact with others. This includes the cancelation of gatherings, and any other non-essential interactions with others. It is recommended to check your state, city, and the official Center for Disease Control websites for continuous updates, as each region is different, and the situation seems to be changing day to day.
Ways to Help Your Community
- Check on elderly neighbors and ask if they need medications picked up, or groceries brought to them
- Tip generously – millions of workers in the service industry depend on tips to supplement their minimum wages. They could possibly be struggling with less hours at work due to service industries now seeing less demand
- Buy restaurant and other small business gift cards – even if you are not comfortable with patronizing at this time, it helps help keep them afloat now, and you can use them later
- Donate food to food banks – millions of kids depend on school lunches and with school out, they are not receiving the meals they depended upon. Food banks are helping to pick up these food deficits
- Stock up, then stop – seeing images of people panicking and stocking up for the next six months can make anyone anxious, though by hoarding food and goods, it may be impacting others that really are in need of toilet paper or other items. If you have enough for the next few weeks, then stop shopping
- Keep on top of the latest updates – signing up for email updates from official community sources can assist with planning and reduce anxiety stemming from misinformation
I’m wearing bright colors and trying to keep positive, globally we are all in this together!
What other ways can you help people during this unprecedented time? Do you have any tasks or activities you have been wanting to catch up on at home?
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