What are you discovering about your community?
Coronavirus has changed how we live.
The speed with which we all went from ‘normal’ to lock down was astonishing. For most of us it was overwhelming.
The impact of the Coronavirus is being felt in all areas of our lives. You are most likely worrying about your financial security, the safety of your loved ones, the education of your children, will there be enough food in the supermarkets for a weekly shop?
The list can go on…
And with our mounting worries our mental health is feeling the strain, even when we think we are fine.
Everyone’s experience of lock down is different. You may be out of work and experiencing the most prolonged boredom of your life as you try and fill all the hours in these endless days.
If you have kids however, or sick family members AND you are still working from home, there is no such thing as boredom. Suddenly the days are too short to fit everything in!
Both scenarios can lead to damaging effects on our mental health. How do we cope with any of this?
Reach out to your community
One of the ways we can protect ourselves, physically and mentally, is to ask for help from others, and to offer our help in return.
Despite all of the stress and panic, have you felt the warmth of others around you? Neighbours who haven’t spoken more than a few words in years are checking in on each other via Whatsapp groups. Picking up groceries or collecting prescriptions for each other.
Businesses are getting creative and changing their products or services to help in anyway they can.
People are coming out on a Thursday evening, clapping, cheering, banging pots and pans to show their appreciation for everyone in the country who is putting themselves at risk to keep us alive and fed.
The spirit of generosity and good intention is definitely buzzing. It is wonderful to tap into if we want to keep ourselves uplifted and our general well being in a good place.
Get creative about how you can help!
As the outbreak started to shut down life in the UK, our director Jan decided she would offer her help to the community. She has set up a wash and fold service for local carers in Exeter. Carers always have too much to do, so to take this one chore away from them is making a huge difference.
Local shops are grouping together, making sure the sick and the vulnerable can access the essentials.
Exeter City Council have set up an online form for individuals and organisations to register the help they can offer to the community. If you are looking for help or would like to offer your services visit their page here to let everyone know!
What is your business doing?
If your business is offering a service of value to your local community then we would love to shout about it on our social media pages.
We have put the word out and the response has been incredible. There are so many of you wonderful people who are making a huge difference in people’s lives!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help too!
If you are in the category of people who have too much to do during this time then get creative about how you can ask for help too.
As we are forced to adjust to change every day in new ways, we need each other more than ever to find our way through.
If you are a business who needs help then let us know and we can put your request out on our social media pages too!
Stay safe and keep looking after each other!
From the team at Time Critical Transport.