A Hidden Enemy
A hidden enemy is threatening to make us and our loved ones deathly ill. It’s 2020 and the Coronavirus is taking it’s toll on families worldwide. In addition to staying stuck at home – having the whole family home from work and school can create a dynamic that challenges even the strongest relationships. However, if you take the time to be kind and supportive, being stuck at home doesn’t have to be all bad! Here we offer some tips on how you can spread love, not germs!
We are being asked to stay home, to only venture out for necessities, and wear masks as if at war! And although it’s a only a small taste of what people deal with during times of war or natural disasters, the effects of the same kind of fear, and in some cases the death of a loved one, is real and traumatic for many people, and especially those older or living alone.
In addition, people deal with this type of crisis in different ways. For instance, many people these times can be really lonely and stressful. Therefore, I decided to create a top 10 list of ways you can let a loved one know that someone is thinking about them. In addition, please consider, above all, be kind and tolerant, and not judgemental.
Top 10 Ways to Spread Love, Not Germs!
Above all, sometime a small gesture can have life saving effects, and you never know when a kind word of encouragement or thoughtful gift might just be the lifeline between hope and despair. We may not be able to offer a hug or visit, but here are some other simple ways you can share the love, and not the germs!
Spread Love with Simple Gestures:
10. Write a letter!
09. Make a digital mixtape!
08. Call an elderly neighbor or relative and offer to combine an errand run for them with one you’re already taking.
07. Teach someone who isn’t tech savvy how to use Zoom so they can video-conference with friends and family.
06. Call the local food pantry and offer to donate food.
05. Cook their favorite meal.
04. Send a sweet text or meme.
03. Buy an inexpensive but meaningful gift.
02. Create a hand-made card and leave a thoughtful note.
01. Give them something of yours that reminds you of them.
“Friendship isn’t a big thing. It’s a million little things.” ~Anonymous