Are you tired of the doom and gloom you see every day? Healthcare workers are exhausted. People are protesting. Just a lot of hoopla.
It’s no doubt that doctors are putting their lives on the line. We call them heroes and forget that they are moms and dads just like us, too. So how can we make life easier for healthcare workers?
1. Stay home
First and foremost, stay inside. Social distancing works. It’s the reason New York has seen fewer people checking into the hospital. That’s why we advocate staying at home.
Staying inside is the safest way to make sure you’re not affected by COVID-19. You can do curbside assistance. You can manage to stay 6 feet away from people. But there’s no safer way than just staying put in your house and washing your hands.
How does this help healthcare workers? You can have COVID-19 and not know it; you wouldn’t have any symptoms. So when you go out and get too comfortable around people, you can accidentally spread the illness. That person might not have it so lucky and they might show symptoms. Soon, they’ll be rushed to the hospital, leaving one less bed for another patient and an even greater need for more medical equipment that many hospitals are lacking in already.
And that scenario has become America’s painful reality.
Doctors and medical professionals alike can’t go home. But you can. So please, take advantage of that.
2. Stop panic-buying
Panic-buying is the act of taking anything and everything you can off the shelf because you’re afraid of what’s to come. While it might seem like you’re doing you and your family a favor by overpreparing, here’s why panic-buying and hoarding do more harm than good.
Imagine this scenario:
You’re a nurse who worked the overnight shift on Friday. You get 5 hours of sleep and grab a protein bar for breakfast as you head to work from 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday. You’ve spent hours upon hours on your feet. You’re exhausted and barely could catch a lunch break because of the swarm of patients coming in. Finally, you’re able to clock out. You make a beeline to your local grocery store to pick up healthy ingredients, and of course, toilet paper because you are running low.
And low and behold, everything is gone.
Our front-line workers are the ones supporting us when we are at our lowest. So play your part and take only what you need. After all, a man’s life does not consist of the abundance of his possessions (Luke 12:15). Two weeks’ worth of foodstuffs max is ideal.
3. Remember, front-line workers are humans
We’re all familiar with the expression ‘not all heroes wear capes,’ right? Well, not all heroes want to be seen as heroes. Most of our healthcare workers just want to be seen as humans. Humans get hungry. Humans need to rant. Humans get tired, frustrated, anxious. Be there for them!
Do you have any friends that work at a hospital or a clinic? Text them or call them at a good time and genuinely ask them how they’re doing. If they say they are doing well, ask them again and mean it. This is a stressful, new, and uncomfortable environment for many of them. Let them know that the feelings they are probably experiencing are totally acceptable. Let them know that you’re there for them.
Cook them a healthy lunch (if you know you haven’t been exposed). Get takeout delivered to them. Watch over their kids if they need a babysitter. Listen to them when they need to air out their frustrations.
As Luke 6:31 quotes, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
There are a lot of things to donate and also a lot of people you can donate to.
You can donate:
- toilet paper
- hand sanitizer
- and last but certainly not least (probably the most needed!) masks.
Do you know how to sew? Do you have many cloth masks you can donate? Now you can be a hero.
The truth is, there’s been a terrible lack of personal protection equipment (PPE) for ages now. But now that we’re in a pandemic, it’s much much more obvious that our helpers need help.
If you can sew, follow along with these tutorials from Joann’s on how to create a cloth mask: https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/
But where do you send the masks to? The good news is Joann is partnering with hospitals across the nation to deliver clothed masks. Use this link to contact your nearest Joann to drop off your creations.
While doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers would be great recipients, the giving doesn’t need to end with them.
You can also give to your elderly neighbors and relatives. Some of them might not be able to make it to the store every week, so help them out with groceries by shopping for them.
And we haven’t even talked about the impact of isolation on our grandmas and grandpas. Without much contact from people, the elderly might feel scared or lonely. And these feelings can take a toll on someone’s mental health. While you can’t exactly visit grandma and pop, don’t forget to dial in and check in on them. Let them speak to your children, or their grandchildren too. Just because we are practicing social distancing doesn’t mean we have to stop being social.
If you know anyone who may benefit from our online counseling services, please direct them here: https://www.mindandbodygroup.com/request-an-appointment/
5. Share something online to lighten the mood
We all know social media is a blessing and a curse. But during these times, social media keeps many of us connected while we are apart. If you see something funny or cute or inspiring on social media, share it with your friends in healthcare. We always do our best to provide not only facts but also faith and fun on our Facebook and our Instagram.
For instance, when’s the last time you’ve seen a doctor pup?
6. Thank our healthcare workers
Last but not least, thank them. Seriously. In a field where our providers are overworked and under so much stress, a little sense of gratitude goes a long, long way.
A thank you sometimes can remind front-liners of why they answered God’s calling, as you can read here.
Come on, tell us that didn’t make you tear up just a little bit.
The technicians, the EMTs, the cafeteria workers, and the janitors need to be thanked. Each and every one of them is putting their life on the line so we don’t have to.
What are you planning on doing to help our helpers?