A Covid 19 Roadmap
I’ve spent a number of hours over the last month or so contemplating how much of my identity is wrapped up in my work. I miss my clients and I miss helping people but I think there will ultimately be some surprising benefits to our current existence when this is over. For now, though, finding the best navigational tools to serve us on this journey seems like the way to go so I’ve taken some time to compile a list of the ones I think matter most.
IT’S OK TO BE WORRIED
Some level of anxiety and fear is a normal response to the current situation. It’s important to recognize that there are some things that are beyond our control. Once we accept that, we can take real steps in our day-to-day lives that will help re-establish a sense of normalcy and safety.
Some of us may have a harder time coping than others. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there are resources available to help you. The Canadian Psycological Association has an online fact sheet with tips on how to cope and the Canadian Mental Health Association has online resources on stress, how to talk to your kids and more. The professionals at Kids Help Phone are amazing if your children need another shoulder besides yours. Locally, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has some wonderful resources as well
Most of us have a lot of time on our hands right now and a few of us are working more than we should be to take care of others. No matter who you are, it’s important to look for ways to keep filling your cup. The following are some stategies that can help.
PREPARE, DON’T PANIC
We all need to be prepared for this situation to last longer than we thought possible. Before the walls start closing in or the stress becomes overwhelming, try and take some time to get ahead of it by making a personal plan for yourself and your family.
- There are numerous Covid-19 benefits and programs currently available. Find the ones relevant to you and how to apply for them here.
- Make a list of the things you’ll need from shops and businesses before going out for them. There are lineups everywhere so be prepared to wait and go to as few different locations as possible to save time and stress. You can also order some things online if you need to stay at home.
- Get a support system in place and ask for help if you need it. Some of us have mobility issues, live alone or are in isolation and can’t get around easily. Others are working too many hours than are healthy in essential businesses. There are lots of safe ways for us to support eachother so don’t be afraid to reach out.
SET A SCHEDULE.
Most of us are at home now more than anywhere else. Some are working but others aren’t and have our children with us all day. Setting a rhythm to your days will help everyone stay productive, engaged and healthy.
Yes, we need to stay at least 2 metres away from others but you don’t need to stay indoors to stay safe. Fresh air and sunshine need to be a part of your daily routine so go for a walk, get on your bike or tend your garden… whatever feels right.
STAY INFORMED BUT…
Limit the time spent perusing news networks and social media channels. We all need to stay current but it’s just as important to pay attention to other things.
Here are a few trusted ones:
We can’t connect physically right now and that makes connecting in other ways so much more important. Send a text, make a phone call, video chat through Skype, FaceTime or What’s App. If you run into someone you know, don’t be afraid to chat with them (at a distance, of course). Sharing our thoughts and knowing friends and family are ok can help us feel better.
KEEP YOUR PERSPECTIVE
It’s going to be a long road, but it won’t last forever. Yes, this disease can be serious and we need to be mindful but, for most, it’s symptoms are mild and many have recovered. We will get through this and life will eventually get back to normal.
I hope you’ve found something here that’s helpful. I know I can’t massage your aches and pains away, much as I’d like to, but don’t be shy about contacting me for online advice or support if you need to.
Be well and stay safe!