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The Power in Helping Each Other During COVID-19

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — March 26, 2020 — 4 min read
During this time of “social distancing” and quarantine, we are each doing the best we can to manage our own physical health and mental well-being – and keep our families safe and healthy, too. We know it can be stressful. And even scary.
 
But now is a good time to remember that we are also seeing something kind of wonderful taking place: we are coming together to protect the people around us who are at risk for getting really sick due to COVID-19.
 
Health care workers are working extra hard to take care of people when they are sick. They’re finding more ways to meet with patients online so fewer people will catch the virus.
 
Teachers and schools are quickly putting lessons online so students can keep learning.
 
Grocery store employees are working extra hours to stock food and supplies for us. Our local restaurants are shifting their services to provide delivery and takeout options.
 
We are all helping nurses, doctors, and hospitals by “flattening the curve” and trying to prevent too many people from needing hospital care at the same time.
 
Pretty much everywhere you look around the world and here at home, you can find examples of people responding to this health emergency with kindness and hope.
 
Together, we are engaging in an impressive act of community service.
 
That’s pretty powerful.
 
We are all doing our part by staying home. And there are plenty of things we can do to help others in our community at the same time. Here are a few ideas:
 

Check in.

Do you have an elderly neighbor or relative who might be lonely? Call and talk for a few minutes. Do a video chat if you can, so you can share a smile and laughter. Ask if they need food, supplies or medication and help make sure they can get them delivered. If you can, consider going to the store for them so they don’t have to go out. 
 

Ask your family to serve.

Children love to help. Get them to take your neighbor’s garbage cans out, rake their yard or walk their dog – while keeping handwashing and distancing guidelines in mind, of course. Ask your kids for ideas on what they think they can do to help others. You might be surprised at their kindness and cleverness.
 

Get the neighborhood involved.

Set a time for everyone to open their windows and play a song, or clap for our doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. Pull together a group donation to your local food bank. Have a “chalk your walk” party and get each of the kids to draw colorful chalk art on their part of the sidewalk up and down the street.
 

Help the helpers.

If you have a friend, neighbor or family member who works at a hospital, do something nice for them. That might mean posting a funny picture on their social media, offering to cook them a meal, or even just saying thank you for the hard work. Small kindnesses matter, especially right now.
 

Stay connected.

We are each better able to help others when we take care of ourselves. Make time to call your friends, especially if you’re feeling down, lonely or frustrated. Do something silly with your children to grow the joy in your home. Check in with your mental health care provider if things get to be too much.
 

You can also turn to:

  • Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Access and Crisis call center. It is open 24/7. Call 1-800-939-5911.
  • the North Carolina Coronavirus Hotline. Call 1-866-462-3821 or text VIRUS to 336-379-5775.
Staying connected is one of our strongest ways to get through this. We’ve been through tough times before, and we will get through this. By banding together to help one another, we can strengthen ourselves and the people around us. Together we can weather this storm.


About the Author
Dawn O’Malley, Psy.D, Peer Reviewer at Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
 

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