Things are a bit stressful and even a little scary at the moment.
But with a little preparation and thoughtful action, we can work to keep our families, friends, and our communities safe.
Here are some ideas to keep us calm and prepared whether we’re juggling working from home, practicing social distancing, or self-isolating.
- Donate to your local food bank.
- Go for a walk in the woods.
- Bake with your kids. It’s a good time to try out your bread-making skills.
- Call (not call on) your neighbors, especially if they’re elderly, to see how they are and if they need anything.
- Order and/or start your seeds for your garden.
- Do some garden and yard clean-up.
- Consider supporting local small businesses when you can. A couple of our local restaurants are offering curb-side pick-up along with enhanced hygiene measures. Or, consider shopping at your local small grocery store for some items. Also – don’t buy out an entire shelf in the store if you don’t need it. Get creative. It’s time to try out some meals with more frozen veggies or canned. And sign up for your CSA!
- Set up online video chats for family members so you can stay connected. Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Facetime are a few options.
- Check out your library’s online resources. So many offer audio books, e-books, and even some streaming services.
- Do some of the fun things you do during a power outage. Do a camp-out in the living room. Play board games. Have dance parties. Do a fire in the wood stove.
Last but not least: Keep calm, carry on with public health guidance, and WASH YOUR HANDS.