Be There For Someone During Lockdown
It’s completely acceptable to be thinking about your own health at the moment. Putting yourself first can often be a natural instinct. So, if you’ve taken the last pack of eggs off the shelf or ordered an online shop even though your fridge is fully stocked and you’re feeling a tinge of guilt, be gentler on yourself. That innate need to ‘survive’ can’t always be helped.
What can be helped and nurtured, however, is our ability to reach out to others and offer a helping
hand 2-metre-long metaphorical hand. Even if we can’t be with someone in person, we can support them in other easy ways. And now, more than ever, people need that extra support.
Why not start with these 3 tips on reaching out and see where they’ll take you?
1.Share Your Research
The internet is saturated with Covid19 information. It’s full of scaremongering content as well as useful ideas to keep yourself busy during the lockdown. Sieving the fiction from the facts takes time and energy, which not all of us have. And finding positive ways to cope with it all, within the content, is great.
If you do come across some interesting fact and science-based information which can be actioned by others, share it. Rather than sharing it on social media, send it directly to people you want to benefit from the research you’ve found. By sharing these positive, quality and vetted pieces with others directly, you can help them to feel connected and more proactive.
If you know someone who doesn’t have the luxury of the internet or a mobile phone, then call them up and share your research. Without knowing it, you’ll be boosting the receiver in more ways than you can imagine.
Your checklist to see if the content is of quality and worth sharing:
- Is the content positive?
- Are there actionable steps within the content?
- Is the content’s source reliable?
- Have you cross-referenced with other reliable sources?
- If applicable, is the content science-backed rather than just someone’s opinion?
- Is the content digestible?
2.Share Your Ideas
Although sharing your research can be the perfect antidote for many people, it can also be hard for those with limited time. Reading an article you’ve found during your research may just be too difficult to squeeze in for some. There is another way to share your ideas.
Send them something they can actively do. Get straight to the point. And here’s how:
- You know something about the person’s personality, right? Choose an idea that you know they’ll be able to tap into. If they like music, send them the top 3 songs proven to calm their minds. If they’re into fitness, share with them a science-based animal movements video with a few stats and facts thrown in along the way.
- Be sure to personalise your message to them, so they know you’ve hand-picked this idea just for them. This will give them a boost and make them feel accountable for giving it a go!
- Don’t fear rejection or them not being interested. You’ve done your bit and can feel good about doing so.
- Just give them a nudge in the following days.
3.Share Your Time
You’ve probably either got so much time you don’t know what to do with it, or no time at all. Either way, sharing a small fraction of your time with someone else can work miracles. No, really it can. Now, more than ever, people need connections.
AgeUK says: “Research shows that loneliness is associated with poorer physical and mental health and lower wellbeing amongst older people.” In the current climate it’s hard to see older relatives and elderly friends because of the lockdown restrictions, but this doesn’t mean we can’t keep in touch in other ways. Calling them more often, writing to them if you can get to the post office, or organising online video chats can really boost someone’s morale and start to fill that loneliness void.
By making a conscious effort to support those around us, we can help to bridge the gap between feeling totally helpless and feeling connected and confident. We’ll get through this. Together.
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