I think it’s safe to say that we are all feeling the stress and anxiety of the unknown right now. Although we don’t have much control over our current situation, we do have control over how we react. Aside from doing your part to flatten the curve and stay healthy, there are so many things we could all be doing to spread a little joy and help others during this time.
Drop off supplies for elderly neighbors. We have a community Facebook group and it has been so inspiring to see our neighbors put time & resources together to shop for those of our neighbors who might not be able to go out for themselves.
Support small businesses. Order a gift card for your favorite restaurant to use at a later date (future date night, maybe?) You can do the same for your nail or hair salon, massage therapist, etc. Also, make sure you’re checking in to see if your local gyms or trainers are offering virtual classes or training or accepting future appointments/gift card options for sessions.
Order delivery. We have enough groceries for the majority of our meals but we’ve also been ordering delivery 1-2 times/week as a “treat”. This is a great way to support local restaurants and make sure ya leave a big tip!
Be nice to those on the front line. Ask the checkout person at the grocery store or pharmacy how they’re doing. Be patient and kind with them.
Don’t lose touch with your friends and family. We have been doing so many FaceTime dates and video conference calls. We did a family dinner night last week. We all hopped on FT at 8pm with our prepared pasta dish (so it was like we were all at the same restaurant). I’m also doing a virtual workout with a few friends this week and a happy hour on Friday!
Reach out to anyone you know in the medical profession and thank them for the work they’re doing. This is a big one. I just can’t even imagine how they’re holding up. Send a text to say hi or thank you. Let them know you’re here for them. See if there need anything or pass along any brands/retailers that might be offering healthcare professional special discounts.
Order online from a small business. I’m sure we’re all backing away from shopping a bit during this time. If you do shop or order something online, try to go with a small business when you can.
Leave out snacks and a nice note for your delivery people. I’ve seen a few of our neighbors do this and it’s so sweet! Put a basket with snacks, bottled water, extra wipes if you have them. They’re working hard to get us food delivery, packages, etc.
Give blood. You can find a location in your community here or here.
Volunteer for Meals on Wheels. You can either volunteer or donate to Meals on Wheels. The elderly population is severely at risk. This is a great way to support and help this community