Blog: Kindess over Crisis
It’s not a controversial statement to say that the year 2020 has proven very difficult so far. Between the global pandemic and the coverage of police brutality, the world feels more divisive and unstable than ever before. In these times of tightening tensions, it can become easy to get lost in the noise and feel that good actions have little impact. But with these crises comes a greater responsibility to offer the humanity we so desperately want to see for ourselves. To help those who want to help, we have a few tips for maintaining a light in a dark world.
1. Find ways to support others. Giving to local food banks and charities, offering encouragement on social media, reaching out to those especially isolated, or even just following the simple rules of physical distancing and wearing a mask. Giving back to others not only offers support but can ease feelings of powerlessness that can hit individuals during a crisis. In Wilmington, organizations like Good Shepherd Ministries and The Wilmington Branch of the Food Bank are offering support to communities hit especially hard by the virus, and are always looking for those who can lend a helping hand.
2. Reach out to others that are isolated. During quarantine, loneliness and isolation can thrive, so sometimes the kindest thing you can do is simply reach out and talk to those who are especially alone. A Cigna study has stated that, "Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity.” Social distancing can only contribute to this problem, so something as simple as connecting with others, via Skype, Zoom, phone calls, texts, or any other safe means, can go a long way. Encourage your children to reach out to friends, classmates and neighbors to offer support or even just an ear to chat with.
3. Take care of yourself. On airplanes, passengers are advised to put on their own air masks before assisting others in emergencies. The same applies to emergencies on the ground, too. Take time to be kind to yourself and tend to your own needs so you can better do the same for others. By doing this, you’ll also show an example to your children of how to stay physically and mentally healthy during stressful times. Self-care can also give you the recharge necessary to be there for your family when they need you.
At Hanover Pediatrics, we want to be your partners in health and wellness for your child. If there is anything we can do to assist, please let us know.