As the Coronavirus continues to spread in South Africa, we’ve had to resort to social distancing in an attempt to contain the pandemic. This means most of us are working at home. Not only do we have to worry about remaining healthy, but we also need to keep the kids busy and stay productive.
So, how does one deal with “the new normal?” How do we remain calm with all this uncertainty? Here’s my social distancing guide amid the Coronavirus crisis.
Do not panic
The rate at which this virus has spread is alarmingly high. But we need to lead by example—our kids are watching us to see how we respond to challenging situations. If we panic, they will panic. If you’re anxious, I encourage you to find ways to manage your stress or anxiety — whether that’s prayer, a walk in the park, meditation or blasting your favourite music.
Guys, if you’re one of those people that are bulk-buying, please reconsider your strategy. Please think about the next person before you add the fourth pack of toilet paper in your trolley. Not everybody can afford to buy in bulk. Also, please stay at home to protect yourself, your loved ones and the vulnerable. Only leave home when it’s absolutely necessary to do so.
Be selective about the content you consume
We are constantly being bombarded with all kinds of information about the new developments regarding COVID-19. Be selective about the content that you consume and do your research. On the flip side, before you share any information about the pandemic, ask yourself the following questions: What is my intention? Is this information factual? You don’t want to be the person that’s fuelling fear, especially on social media.
Stick to your daily routine
I know that it’s tempting to sleep in if you’re working from home, but I would like to encourage you to continue with your normal routine as often as you can. Wake up early, practice self-care and get some work done before the kids wake up. It is more critical than ever to start your day with positivity and peace. Stay active, try out some home workouts, yoga or a brisk walk in your neighbourhood. Whatever it is, keep moving.
Have a family meeting
I know most of you have probably done this already, but this tip is for the mamas who might have missed this step. Have a family meeting to talk about the virus—how it’s spread, the symptoms and how we can protect ourselves. Most importantly, use that time to reassure the kids that this will pass.
These are some of the tips that have helped me remain calm amidst all the chaos. The world will never be the same after this pandemic, but we can get through this together.
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