In trying times like these, compassion and empathy move to the forefront of what’s important. As our communities face uncertainty, we must find ways to prevail and keep moving forward. Though we are all facing adversity, we can do our part to help those around us. Here are nine simple ways you can show compassion to yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Do Your Part to Flatten the Curve
We’re in this together! Understand the importance of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and how the measures our communities have in place will help flatten the curve. During this time, it’s imperative to think of others. While you may not be in an at-risk group, doing your part in social distancing could help save someone’s life. If everyone thought that way, what a difference we could make!
- Check in on Your Friends, Family and Elderly Neighbors
A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cause overwhelming emotions, and each person will process these feelings differently. It’s normal to feel sad, confused, angry or depressed when faced with uncertainty, and self-isolation, although necessary, could amplify those emotions. Make an effort to reach out to loved ones to offer words of encouragement or simply lend a listening ear. Sometimes, it’s the smallest gesture that makes the world of difference.
- Donate or Volunteer
Across the globe, businesses, communities and families are being negatively impacted by the pandemic. Employees are being laid off and children are losing daily meals they depend on with mass school closures. If you have the means to help, consider donating to organizations such as No Kid Hungry and Save The Children, or give blood through The American Red Cross or your local blood bank.
- Help Combat Misinformation
In times of crisis, people often look to various news outlets for the latest information. However, inevitably, false information can be spread quickly from unreliable sources and go viral through social media sharing. While it’s important to stay informed, misinformation can cause unnecessary panic. Stay calm and level-headed when inquiring about the latest COVID-19 news and encourage your social media community to do the same. If you see potentially fake news on social platforms, report the post to site administrators.
- Spread Positivity and Kindness Within Your Community
During challenging times, staying positive and finding the good isn’t always easy, as we are faced with combating negative news almost daily. Now, more than ever, sharing heartwarming stories, positive affirmations and prayers is important to the lift spirits of others and rally communities together. There is a lot of good happening right now, and it’s important we spread it. Together, we will overcome.
- Stay Connected with Video Chat
Self-isolation is not easy! Not being able to visit friends and family can take a toll and add to feelings of helplessness. Luckily, we live in a world where seeing their faces, at least on a screen, is just a click away. Take advantage of video chat technology to feel more connected by turning that next text message or phone call into a “face-to-face” interaction.
- Avoid Stockpiling
We all need groceries and essential supplies, especially when confined to our homes for an extended period. When shopping, remember everyone is relying on the availability of food and supplies, so only buy what you need. If everyone adopts this mentality, we can eliminate the fear that makes people feel the need to ration and stockpile.
- Focus on Self-Care
During stressful times, it’s easy to forego basic activities that help you feel normal. If you can, keep a basic daily routine that includes changing out of pajamas, working out, getting outdoors (while maintaining social distancing) and indulging in your hobbies. Set small goals for yourself like organizing the kitchen or finishing a puzzle. The sense of accomplishment will put a smile on your face!
- Be Present and Grateful
Take time to talk about what you’re grateful for with your family or friends and focus on being present in the moment. Though many of us are cooped up at home, facing stress and challenges, there are always things we can be thankful for.
Remember, now is a time for hope. Although the future remains unclear, have faith a rainbow will come after the storm.