You can’t escape it. Whether you are tuned into the news, on social media, or out taking a walk, everyone around the world is talking about the same thing: the coronavirus (COVID-19). The problem is that they’re not just talking about it; they are panicking about it.
My phone has been ringing off the hook, and I have been shocked and concerned not by the virus but by people’s behavior. Shelves are being wiped of food, toilet paper is disappearing from stores, and people are buying armfuls of hand sanitizer.
Spread Kindness Not Panic
It’s times like this that Heaven reminds us to be respectful of other people and that all we have is each other. Don’t spread panic—spread kindness. ￼
What you do starts a chain reaction among people, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) is the perfect example. What is spreading even faster than the virus itself is fear and panic, and you might be fueling it without even knowing it.
When you walk into a store and see people fighting over toilet paper, running to the checkout line with armfuls of disinfectant, and filling up multiple shopping carts with can goods, fear and panic immediately set in, and you automatically think that you need to do the same thing.
But what if things were different? If you walked into the store and everyone acted normal, would the world still be in such a panic?
Take a moment to think things through before reacting. Do you really need six or seven bottles of hand sanitizer? I have a bottle in my office from three or four months ago that is still going strong. What about toilet paper? Do you really need 100 rolls?
What we are doing is not protecting ourselves. We are selfishly taking resources away from the people who need them for our own comfort and peace of mind.
As I mention in my book‘ When Heaven Calls’ Life lessons from America’s Top Psychic Medium, during times of trouble, Heaven and your angels have a message for you: take care of others while helping yourself. Remember that we are all in this together, and think of the people around you.
Listen to the Facts
The people who are most affected by the virus are those who are elderly, have pre-existing conditions, and are exposed to many people.
If you have a strong immune system and are young and healthy, you shouldn’t stress. The illness is easily killed. Practice good hand washing and leave the hand sanitizer for someone in the at-risk category.
Only take what you need. Remember that someone else is in the exact same shoes you are in right now. A neighbor of mine was just at the store looking for hand sanitizer for her and her husband. They are older and have been through their fair share of medical issues.
She was looking around the store for sanitizer when a man shouted, “There are a few bottles over here!” She started down the aisle, and there were four bottles left. Before she could reach and grab one, a taller, younger male reached over her head and scooped up all four bottles. Luckily, another shopper shared some of their supplies to make up for the selfish shopper.
What we can learn from this is to share supplies. Call your neighbors, friends, and family. Make sure they have enough toilet paper, disinfectants, etc. Share what you have excess of and keep each other protected.
Take Care of the Vulnerable & Treat People Like Family, Not Strangers
Heaven teaches us that during times like this, it is important that we treat everyone like family and put those vulnerable at the front of the list. Start by checking in on older relatives, especially those who cannot make it to the store or are not safe to travel. Treat everyone like they are your family members.
If you knew your grandmother was at home alone, what would you do to help her? Do the same for your elderly neighbor.
If you own a business or storefront, leave a bottle of hand sanitizer out for people coming in. Do your part to stop the spread of the virus in its tracks.
Do the same when you are out. If you notice someone grabbing a shopping cart and not wiping it down, offer one of your own disinfectant wipes.
Don’t Focus on the Negative
Once you know the facts and get the daily news, it’s time to get back to daily life. Instead of spending all day watching TV and dwelling on what is happening, try limiting yourself to watching for 15 minutes in the morning and at night. It is good to know what is going on in the world, but watching all day can make you feel depressed and cause unnecessary anxiety.
Make Your Quarantined Time Meaningful
Take the time while you are quarantined to reconnect with family members. Call distant relatives on the phone that you haven’t heard from and reconnect with them.
Take out your playing cards and start playing games with those in your household or apartment complex who are also in quarantine. Dig out old movies and play something other than the news. Watch a movie that will make you laugh, or you can even try digging out old family home videos that you never had the time to watch.
Change What Is Spreading
Together, we can make a difference and be leaders. The same way that fear and panic have spread throughout our community, we can spread compassion and kindness. The best thing about kindness is that it is infectious and even more so than the virus itself.
During times like this, people look to others to lead the way. If you practice kindness and compassion during your travels, others will start to follow. Sharing a hand sanitizing wipe, calling and checking in on a neighbor, or even sharing some of your supplies will encourage others to do the same.
If we all start to band together and encourage positivity, we can start a chain reaction that helps heal the world. Are you ready?
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