Our world is in a unique shared space. During this time of COVID, there are no differences or preferences. The diversity within us actually has merged into a realm that is equal to all humankind. During this time of isolation, this arena can be even more exacerbated for Supported Individuals. Few things to consider are the following: remote support, expansion of consent in counselling, mindfulness and appropriate psycho-education; limits and considerations.
During COVID-19 our normal grief and mourning rituals have been disrupted. Memorial services are for the living so we can share our grief and find comfort in our community. The reality is that there will always be births and deaths – and the cycle of life will continue through COVID-19. Although some of the deaths may be related to COVID-19 most will not be – but social distancing and COVID-19 will prevent us from gathering for funerals, celebrations of life and memorial services in the way we did in the past.
Easter will be both the same and different
Easter has traditionally been associated with fun, egg hunts, and family gatherings. Some things will be different this year, and some will stay the same. There will still be joy, egg hunts and chocolate! Families will still share food and gather at the table – but it will be on a smaller scale and the table will only include those who are living in the house. With so many people baking and cooking their way though self-isolation there is sure to be some fabulous meals ahead for us this Easter – but this year we will not need the extra leaf at the table. We will still gather, but many of our interactions will be through phone calls and digital platforms.
As COVID-19 is sweeping the world working from home has become the new norm for many. We are all facing new challenges and financial constraints as we quickly try to adapt to the changing workplace – and the changing world. Many people have lost their jobs and those that still have their jobs are dealing with the dichotomy of feeling gratitude and overwhelm at the same time. It is difficult to change, and the routines in which we used to find comfort have been turned upside down. Many of us who never wanted or expected to work from home are now experiencing the daunting learning curve of remote work. For many this may be their first time working from home in long stretches, and even those who are familiar with working from home are now dealing with the new reality of 24/7 social distancing.
As self isolation becomes a reality for many of us, we are finding ourselves in long-term close quarters with our family and loved ones. Many of us used to complain we did not get enough time with those we love, and now we have that opportunity in abundance. Who better to be close to than our loved ones, and what better place to be together than the comfort of our own homes? Well, this much togetherness combined with an acutely stressful period in human history can make for some challenges as well as gifts.
Here are some tips on how to mange your relationship and family time during the COVID-19 crisis.