Nowadays, it is so difficult not to absorb all the negativities happening around. It is easy to feel sad, scared and lonely. How to stay sane during this pandemic? Change your focus. What you focus on determines your reality. Instead of focusing on yourself and what you have lost because of the pandemic, shift your energy on how you can help others. Helping others is not just for the benefit of other people, it is all about you too. It gives you a sense of purpose. It improves your mood. In addition, It builds self-confidence and increases feelings of competence and satisfaction. At the end of the day, it makes you a happier, healthier and better person. So, what are the ways to help others during this pandemic?
1.Follow Protocols for the New Normal
Let’s face it, we now live in a new world. In the new normal, cleanliness is the new cool. It is easy to become infected and at the same time infect others if we will not adhere to the etiquette rules for the new normal. Remember to always wash your hands. Wear your face masks. Practice social and physical distancing. Stay at home if you are not feeling well. Learn to protect yourself and others.
If you are one of those fortunate few who have more than enough money in your pockets, do provide financial assistance to those in need. Many people are dying. Millions lost their means of livelihood. Millions more are dying of hunger. Your financial contribution will greatly help a lot of people in need.
Depending on your skills, you can volunteer to help those in need. For example, if you have medical expertise, you can help in the vaccination drive. If you are good at counseling, you can volunteer to become a crisis counsellor.
4. Spread Positivity
Are you the type of person who loves forwarding messages and news to friends? Before you do that, ask yourself first; what kind of information are you spreading? Did you verify the source? Verify if it is not fake news. What will be the effect of this piece of information to others? I suggest you do the Four-Way Test of Rotary Clubs.
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and better friendships?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
If one item is not satisfied, don’t bother sharing it with others. Remember that many people are scared, sad and fearful. Don’t be a source of more negative feelings for others.
5. Check on Other People
Call your family, friends and neighbors. Check on them. Ask them how they are doing. Be a source of inspiration or simply listen to what they have to say. What is important is making other people feel that you are there for them.
6. Take Care of Yourself
Self-care is important now more than ever. And it is not just about physical wellness but emotional wellness as well. Love yourself. Only by truly loving yourself and taking care of yourself will you be able to truly love and help others. You will not be a toxic person to others if you yourself is healthy and happy.