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Families Advocating for Voices of Resilience, Inc.

Dealing with Coronavirus

The world is terrifying place at the moment.  Coronavirus has taken off like a world wind around the world as a pandemic.   We’re all afraid for the health of ourselves and our loved ones. People all across the world are pinching pennies to make rent and support their families. Parents are forced to put their work (and potentially income) on hold to homeschool their kids… that is if their kid is even old enough for school. If not, then they suddenly need to provide 24/7 childcare while keeping up a job. Everyone everywhere are asked to stay away from social situations. It’s scary, isolating and can be very lonely. FAVOR has the tools and identified resources to help you and family get through these times. Even in isolation, we’re still connected.

Best Practices for Dealing with Isolation

Change is hard. Change in your life that you have absolutely no control, is especially hard. In an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), schools have closed for the year and some businesses have shut down indefinitely. Health officials are imploring the public to stay home and cancel any in-person social interactions.

Graduations! Weddings! Proms! Coffee with friends! All canceled.

A few things that aren’t canceled. Empathy. Kindness. Our faith in humanity.

These mandatory closures in the interest of public health are causing massive disruptions in everyday life. And, while the first few days of isolation may feel like a welcome chance to lay low for a bit, here’s the reality: the news is scary, we’re in this for the long haul, and lack of human interaction can feel really  lonely.

Some ways to prioritize your mental health if you’re feeling anxious and lonely:

Reach out for help. We are just a phone call away (404) 499-0079. We encourage kind, empathetic people with a wifi connection from the comfort of their own home. We’re here. We’re ready. We were made for this. And, most importantly, your feelings are valued. You deserve kindness. We’re here to help. 

Prioritize mental check-ins. Now is the time to pick up meditation, start journaling, or tap into some mindfulness techniques. Listening to audio books is like getting away. 

Connect. Skip the scrolling and make your time online intentional. If you’re used to working in an office and are suddenly working from home full-time, chances are you’re missing one of the best parts of work—friends. Instead of diving right into virtual meetings, spend some time catching up and checking in on each other. 

Schedule virtual hangouts with your pals. Take your usual lunchtime and get on a group FaceTime. Or, if you’re still in school and studying from home, set up a virtual study session to cheer each other on as you go.

Turn off those notifications. When you’re stuck at home all day in times like these, it can be easy to get sucked into an endless hole of news updates. Schedule a few dedicated times throughout the day to check in with the news and get the most important updates. No need for the minute-by-minute play-by-play of COVID-19 happenings to make you spiral.

Look for FAVOR Family's Zoom Workshops and Support Groups