In awful times like these, when many countries have imposed partial or total lockdown measures, it is impossible for people to stay calm. The confusion brought about by not knowing what to do or buy in times like these is something many are experiencing for the first time. In such circumstances, people need awareness on what is essential to their everyday living to get them through such times. Here’s a list of some great ways to get you on the right path.
Prepare to be self-reliant
Home is probably the safest place to make it through an emergency. In order to ensure that your stay at home is most comfortable, be sure that you have all you need to make it so — electricity, internet, water, communication, and whatever else is essential for your comfort. It is also important to work out how to manage your home without help. Households with nannies and housekeepers need to adjust to managing everything on their own. Remember, everything does not have to be perfect, just as long as things are functioning properly.
Stay off alarming forwards on social media
For the sake of your sanity, please keep off WhatsApp groups and other social media platforms where people spread fake news and false narratives. These kinds of things will make you anxious and inhibit your ability to get through the day and will add to the already existing difficult situation. Keep up with what is on the news but stick to reliable and trusted sources of news and information. And even then, try to limit watching the news repeatedly, because listening to the same issues being reported over a long period of time may cause more stress and anxiety. In short — it’s best to stay up-to-date, but don’t overdo it, for your own sanity.
The last thing you should be missing in your home is food. No food means more stress. Stock up on the most essential foods and focus on non-perishable foods like canned food, cereal, legumes, and foods that do not require refrigeration. However, do not panic buy — remember, everyone else needs these supplies too, so be conscious of that even as you stock up. In the same way, ensure you have all other essentials needed to keep you going.
Making it work
While working from home may sound great, during an emergency, it is not so great. Normal work functions are interrupted, and employees have to adapt to not-so-comfortable working conditions. Simple work problems that would require walking over to one’s desk to ask a question end up being an email, Teams chat, or a call. This can be stressful. Organizations can invest in regular check-ins with members, mental health sessions, and introduce flexitime to allow team members to work in a way that they feel most productive to deliver tasks.
Additionally, if you own a business, getting by in uncertain times can also be a real challenge, but with Emergency Awareness Essentials such as informative signage, postcards, door hangers, and foam boards among others will help make such hard times more manageable.
Ultimately, the most important thing is that you allow yourself to adapt to the situation around you without panicking. Life is a series of lessons, and we must consider everything thrown at us for future instances.