It’s challenging to know how to help during this covid crisis. You may notice that you have more time at your disposal right now than ever. You might even be out of work with nowhere to go and nothing to do. Simultaneously, the news is presently full of stories about people who are struggling all over in multiple ways.
It’s easy to find yourself feeling confused and overwhelmed about how you can help. Luckily, you can do a few things right now to help others during coronavirus pandemic without leaving your home. And most of these won’t even cost you a penny.
Here are 10 ways to help others during Coronavirus
1. Take care of yourself first and foremost
It’s the same principle of being on an airplane, and the oxygen masks fall down. You always want to put yourself first so you can help others that may need assistance. If you are strong and healthy, you are in a much better place to do good and help others.
2. Communicate with your loved ones
Reach out with a phone or text regularly to your loved ones. This can help people who may be in strict quarantine, feel connected to their loved ones and community.
3. Online Volunteering
Many excellent programs require a low level of time, with significant impacts for others in need. One of my favorite online volunteer programs is The Humane Rescue Alliance (1).
It suggests checking in with people in your community, especially elders or those with underlying health problems, and offering to walk their dogs or help with pet food.
4. Support your local businesses
Many businesses are still open online. Purchase a gift card or have a delivery made to a special someone.
Donate to the WHO Solidarity Fund (2), powered by the UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.
Donations support the World Health Organization’s work to track and understand the spread of the coronavirus; to ensure frontline workers get essential supplies and information and patients get the care they need; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, treatments, and tests.
6. Get Creative
Make handwritten cards To distribute to friends and family or craft a beautiful collage. Creativity can help ease anxiety, and you may discover hidden talents.
7. Take an online course with a friend or neighbor
Numerous online courses are either low cost or low commitment. This is the time to explore areas of interest with your friends online.
8. Start a world tour cooking night
Gather friends online through a video chat service such as zoom or Skype and choose a country that you would like to explore the regional dishes once you decide what each person will prepare, set a date and start cooking.
Each person shares and talks about their recipe online. Setting dates give you and others something to look forward to.
9. Start neighborhood signup to help those in need, using Facebook or Nextdoor
[Also Read: Tips for Mindfulness During Coronavirus Outbreak ]
About The Author:
Dr. Jesse Jory is certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Functional Medicine. He retains a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from NCCAOM. Jesse is also a Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Teacher RYT-500 and has taught yoga for the past eight years.