Getting Through This Crisis

Getting Through This Crisis

AMID almost deserted city streets, restaurants such as Southern Inn are continuing to offer food for area residents via carryout, curbside and delivery. (Darryl Woodson photo)

All of our lives have been upended by the COVID-19 outbreak and the measures undertaken to contain it. Cancellations of nearly every kind of group activity, shuttered schools, business closures, being confined to one’s home – these are truly extraordinary times. We’re all feeling a sense of helplessness.

Practicing social distancing runs counter to human nature. We crave companionship. We naturally desire human touch – a hug or a handshake. However, we must observe the rules of keeping our distance from others, in order to stem the tide of the pandemic. We can remind ourselves that it’s only temporary, that, surely, better days are ahead.

We can stay in touch with others, even if we can’t physically touch them. With most of us having more time on our hands than we’re accustomed, we can reach out to those we haven’t heard from in a while, with a phone call, an email or a text. This can be a time for renewing old friendships.

We can also catch up on home-bound activities that we’ve been meaning to do, but never can seem to find the time. We can certainly take care of our spring cleaning or a home-improvement project we’ve been putting off. We can read a good book or watch a movie or TV show. When is the last time any of us played a board game with a family member?

It’s important to not get sedentary. Calisthenics can be practiced in the privacy of one’s own home. We can venture outside on occasion to go for a walk, run or bicycle ride. While outdoors, we can take time to experience the renewal of spring that’s going on all around us.

While finding ways to occupy ourselves during these unprecedented times, we need to remember to look out for our neighbors, particularly anyone who is living alone.

Make every effort to support our local businesses who are struggling. The president of Main Street Lexington shared with us some ideas about how we can do that, such as ordering food for takeout or delivery from those restaurants that remain open. Tip the restaurant workers as if you dined in. Send a gift or a meal to first responders. Buy future gifts right now – birthdays, graduations, Easter baskets, baby showers, Mother’s Day and Christmas presents. Buy books and games to keep your family occupied. Buy an elderly neighbor a gift or a treat to show you care.

It’s important to keep our money in our own community, whenever possible. “Small business owners are our friends and neighbors,” noted MSL. “Let’s stand with them.” Visit for a list of businesses offering curbside service, local delivery and online shopping.

We’re enduring this crisis together. Together, we’ll get through it.

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