No one can be too prepared for an emergency especially if it’s as serious as a threat like the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are at our best when our mind, body, and spirit are on par with each other. 

When there are natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, or hurricanes, expect electricity to be cut off for the safety of the people. Because if not, faulty lines may result in fire or for someone to be electrified. 

In the event of price hikes of basic commodities like oil, rice, and sugar, people usually rally in busy locations. As such, expect traffic jams. 

Public and private establishments are closed during holidays. Some shopping malls and commercial shops operate on adjusted hours. That’s why doing your Christmas shopping early and paying bills beforehand are important. 

Right planning is the key to adapt to unfortunate events such as disasters, setbacks, and emergencies.

But when there’s a lockdown due to a pandemic outbreak, it’s another story.

How can you survive during COVID-19 pandemic?

Let’s face it, no one can be too prepared for an emergency especially if it’s as serious as a threat like the COVID-19 pandemic.

But we can’t just do nothing. Ours and our loved ones’ lives are at stake here. The whole nation actually is. We ought to survive for the next generation to learn from us. 

Below are ways on how to thrive during such a trying time.

  • Be Healthy. 

We have the responsibility to practice self-care, especially during an outbreak. When there is limited food on the table, eating healthy can be compromised. Don’t dwell on that too much. There are still many ways to take care of yourself such as taking vitamins (C, D, Zinc), having enough sleep, staying active, and practicing social distancing. 

  • Stay Connected.

Staying at home doesn’t mean you should isolate yourself from the world totally. Be aware of what’s happening by following news and developments (CNN, CDC). Be updated about the COVID-19 pandemic thru medical sources (HSE and WHO).

Do allow the tension of everyone being at home. Use the opportunity of togetherness to reconnect and strengthen relationships within the family.

Also, communicate with relatives, friends, and/or colleagues who you haven’t heard from in a while. You may exchange tips on what dish to cook, or exchange notes on what movie to watch.

  • Be Creative & Productive.

If you are with children, encourage them to keep a “COVID-19 pandemic diary”, in which they can document their experience through writing or art. 

Facilitate creative play ideas:

      1. Set up an obstacle course in the backyard where both adults and children can join.
      2. Do some jumping jacks
      3. Running upstairs
      4. Playing basketball and soccer if you have space.

There are more fun activities to do as a family at home. You just have to use your imagination.

For adults, it’s the best time to work on the long-avoided chores like repairing tasks. Rearranging and reorganizing your room or better yet, your house will consume a lot of your time. And right now, you have the luxury of time.

So go for it! Unleash the Marie Kondo in you. 

  • Be Positive.

Although this is the least we can do during COVID-19 pandemic, looking at the bright side will help uplift morale. It will encourage you to stay healthy, active, and become a ball of sunshine to someone who needs it the most. 

Share inspiration quotes in your group chat. Post uplifting bible verse. Be an instrument of positivity. Make it a little more comfortable for people around you to smile or even laugh a little.  

Remember, ‘this, too, shall pass.’

  • Finally, obey the rules. 

A lockdown is the last result of the nation. Declaring such will definitely paralyze and affect the economy. 

Understanding the seriousness of this word is what everyone at stake should be doing. In doing so, the sacrifices of the businesses to shut down and medical health personnel to remain in the frontline of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic will not be put to waste. 

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