We need to take action to keep the peace. We have the opportunity to change this sense of fear into one that’s more proactive. Ask yourself, what can you personally do to make a difference in your community during COVID-19.
If you are healthy and able, then please consider helping others in need. Below are some suggestions:
Support local businesses.
For a restaurant, consider ordering delivery/curbside pick-up. For a fitness studio or local boutique, support their online retail store or purchase a gift card. My friend also suggested the idea of sharing a Yelp review. They need all the help they can get.
Communicate with the elderly.
Your church and neighborhood are great starting points.
If you hoarded items out of fear, ask around if anyone needs items that you took in excess. Be willing to help others who weren’t able to collect items they needed.
Don’t believe every single story or article that is published online. Facts help minimize fear. Learn the facts by following a credible source, here’s some suggestions– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO), The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times.
Pray and meditate.
Release any anxiety you may have through prayer, a bible journal or even by using impactful meditation apps like @headspace. By being less anxious, your attitude will help alleviate the stress and anxiety of others.
Be patient with retailers as they’re receiving large volumes of people. Show extra gratitude towards your delivery drivers for packages, food, etc.
Let’s bring peace back into picture and focus on the facts. Yes COVID-19 is viral when the proper measures are not taken. But focus on the fact that it is a containable pandemic, as quoted by WHO’s director-general. We need to come together as a community to make a difference against COVID-19.