Tips To help You Survive During The Covid-19 Lockdown
We started this series on lockdown some weeks ago and have written on various topics which you can find on the covid-19 category on the main home page of the website. Today, we wanna talk about the tips to help you survive during the covid-19 lockdown, which are even valid beyond the lockdown. Apply the ones that you find helpful to your family within your locality. Finally, stay safe and stay at home doing the basic things to protect yourselves and families.
The tips to help you survive during the covid-19 lockdown are:
1. Don’t blame the government for the crisis, it’s not their fault
There’s a lot that the authorities of many nations are doing for their citizens as palliative measures to ease life during this covid-19 crisis. What you don’t know, you don’t benefit from. You may want to check on the provisions made by the government of your nation to help people like you. Of course, some authorities might improperly handle and manage the crisis. However, don’t forget that you are part of the government. Doing your own part helps the government manage the crisis better
2. Support your partner in confinement
If you have a loved one or partner who is confined because of the covid-19 infection, you have to support him or her by being a shoulder to lean on, a backup life support, a legacy carrier and not a partner in death. Why I mentioned this is because some people in the name of love would want to die or be infected with the virus because their partner is already infected. That is a very poor expression of love.
If you truly love your partner, you would do all to see them alive not dead. You would fight against what would kill them and not surrender to the killer to be killed as well. You would not stay with him or her knowing that you would be contaminated and the family might risk losing both of you. Think about keeping the legacy for what he/she stood and fought for. This could mean that even if he dies, you would be alive to promote what he labored for. But to do so you have to protect yourself first from what killed or infected your partner.
The virus is the greater enemy. To fight the enemy, you don’t allow it to have victory. You frustrate its agenda and vision. All this is what you do whenever you protect yourself from coronavirus not to have its way in your life. If your partner is infected, he is like a captive to the virus for now. But go set the captive free by resisting, preventing and protecting coronavirus from attacking you and winning the battle over you. That’s how lovers do when met with such a crisis. Do not go die with your partner in the name of love. That’s stupidity!
3. Take a comic break
It’s not easy to keep seeing and hearing what is transpiring before our eyes for several weeks now. Our minds and thoughts are inundated with images of negative news. We keep hearing of the bad news and fear keeps mounting in us. People dying without saying goodbye to their loved ones. Our freedom is limited for safety’s sake. People are home-bound. Mobility is reduced. Interactions limited. The whole situation is depressing if you just focus on it. Convenient distraction is really needed at this time.
There’s nothing wrong to take a comic break while at home with your spouse and family. Laugh a bit. Tell jokes to your spouse just for distraction from this new reality. Be comical at least. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. This is repeated twice in just one statement in the Bible (Philippians 4:4-8). It goes to tell you how important it is to be happy in yourself by yourself. In fact, Proverbs 17:22 says A joyful heart is a good medicine. Taking a comic break from all the surrounding news is one of the tips to help you survive during the covid-19 lockdown.
4. Be grateful and thankful to God for life
I know that it might be difficult to praise God in the midst of the crisis; that it’s unfair and sensitive to be grateful to God when we have lost so many to covid-19 death. But look at it the other way round that it could have been you but you are alive. The pandemic was intended, or should I say, had the intention to infect and kill us all but it failed and got just some of us.
You are part of those alive fighting back. And part of your fight is the obedience to the stay-at-home directives. You’re doing your part to limit the strength of the virus. You should be grateful to God for keeping you alive anyway. Thank God not for the situation but in the situation. He is still the sovereign God.
One last word, having mentioned four of the tips to help you survive during the covid-19 lockdown, is to stay safe and stay at home cleaning your hands often.