If you are anything like us, times like these leave us feeling helpless and as if there is always something more we can do. We came up with this list as means to guide us in ways to help others during Covid-19. There are always smaller but still impactful things you can do so don’t underestimate the power of small gestures. If you need a little boost of how to empower yourself during this time of isolation and worry, here is a list to help you:
1|8: Stay at home as often as you can.
Think of others too during this time. You might not be in the demographic that gets hit the hardest but that doesn’t mean that you are excused from being concerned. You help save lives by not going out and spreading this infection to others.
2|8: Set snacks and water out for delivery drivers.
This has been my favorite way to contribute. Look, I know it doesn’t protect the workers from the viral infection but it’s a way to say THANK YOU for all their hard work. In fact, this is a great idea to do for all big holidays too. Set out a basket full of water and snacks with a note thanking delivery people for all that they do during this time. I know that it’s been WILDLY appreciative in our building. Plus, it’s been a great way to involve others in the building.
3|8: Take care of yourself.
This is always a good idea on a daily basis to take care of yourself first before you can be of service to anyone else. Especially now. It’s really important to be monitoring yourself and finding ways to fill up your cup first before you think about filling up others’.
4|8: Offer to help out neighbors.
Do you have elderly neighbors who already have difficulty getting groceries? Offer to make a trip for them so that they don’t have to worry about putting themselves in harm’s way. Or just check in with them. Ask how you can be of help.
5|8: Wash your hands.
Keep from spreading this viral infection by washing your hands often and practicing good hygiene habits.
6|8: Share your resources.
Lend to others in need. Bake them something. Leave dinner on their doorstep. Spare a square. Whatever it is, think of others, especially if you find yourself in abundance during this time when others are not.
7|8: Check in on loved ones.
You might be alone during this time of isolation. You might be surrounded by a house full of people. Whatever it is, we’re all struggling. Check in on friends and loved ones, especially those you know who are having a specifically difficult time. Also, for those of your loved ones who feel overwhelmed right now (ahem, I see you parent who has to now become teacher and everything in between), ease up on them please. Don’t be demanding and expect immediate texts back. Some of us are struggling on a day-to-day basis.
8|8: Donate to a local food bank.
Find a local food pantry in your town and give money to it if you can. This is a great way to contribute to your community and help feed more people who are truly struggling during this time.