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Dr. Malika Siker, who is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology in Wisconsin, was a recent guest of a Podcast subject of the Coronavirus. She offered suggestions for people looking for ways to cope, and those eager to help others. These 5 tips expand on that advice and can be used over the weekend (and any day for that matter) with your families.
5 WAYS TO COPE AND HELP OTHERS
1. STAY CALM
It is quite literally a “pandemic” right now but academia and public health are filled with brilliant people who have spent their adult lives studying this scenario who are advising us. We are pulling together as a society and doing unprecedented things like suspending ALL basketball. We are spending time educating ourselves and being an advocate for the vulnerable.
2. KEEP A POSITIVE GROWTH MINDSET
We will get through this. We will learn from this. We will make positive changes in the way we live our lives because of this.
3. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL
In addition to the most critical areas of social distancing and hygiene aimed at decreasing the spread of germs, there are so many other things you can control. Make intentional choices with the greater good in mind. Instead of complaining, be a helper and work on solutions in your area.
4. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES
Life is continuing despite this pandemic. Check in on yourself and use the extra time in ways that are meaningful to you. Be present in the moment for your loved ones to connect, cry, and laugh.
5. DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP STRUGGLING BUSINESSES
The short- and long-term effects of this pandemic on global and local economies are mind-blowing. With no end date in sight, businesses need our support to continue running at all costs more than ever. We are going to need these businesses to help put the economy back together when this is over so let’s get creative in ways we can support them.
As you begin your weekend, keep these tips in mind. Try to remain positive. Relax. Refresh. And, enjoy this time with your family.