Written by: Kae Tritle, RN, Wellness Coordinator
“God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7
We are all coping with the real effects of the Coronavirus in our world; from being intentional about hand-washing to changes in our travel plans to our social gatherings, meetings and classes canceled. We need to use the sound mind that God has given us to be appropriate and prudent about who and where we are in contact with others.
Use common sense health practices that prevent the spread of the virus. Wash your hands for 20 seconds, cover your coughs & sneezes, stay home if you are not feeling well, and limit your social contacts and person-to-person interactions.
Another effect of this worldwide health crisis is a sense of helplessness and fear. We are doing something by following preventive health practices. We can also use our electronic tools to stay in contact with each other and be supportive of each other. Continue to text, Facebook, Facetime, Skype, and call your family and friends. Check on them and let them know that you care and share news of your situation. Listen, care, support, and love each other through these tools. A caring heart and listening ear helps immensely to cope with fear and anxiety. As an older hymn states, “When the storms of life are raging, Stand by me” (C. Tindley 1906)
We also have our spiritual tools of prayer, scripture, and community. Be God’s love with skin on by offering prayer and caring support to our elderly, widows, young families and those who are separated from or have no families. God keeps God’s promises of being with us in the midst of trials and trouble. Lean on your faith, share your faith and live your faith. Pray, be supportive, and offer assistance as you are able. God has said over and over, “Do not fear, for I am with you.”
Lastly, practice good self-care. Eat wisely, get adequate sleep, drink 6-8 glasses of water daily, wash your hands, relax or laugh each day and check-in with a support person at least weekly regarding concerns and activities of daily life. You need to keep your body in good health for resilience in this era of sickness.
“In all trials, we do not lose heart-even though life is falling apart –on the inside where God is making new life…not a day goes by without his unfolding grace” 2 Corinthians 4:8,16 The Message