At Home With COVID-19: Tips to Make Life Better
While the pandemic has upended almost everyone’s life, our hearts go out to those suffering the effects of COVID-19.
But keep in mind that you’re not stuck at home—you’re safe at home! This is an unwanted recess from our busy lives for many of us. But there are many things you can do to stay safe and maintain your quality of life. Reflect on what is important to you. Find ways to use the time at home to bond with loved ones, sharpen your skills, and reimagine a new life you may have dreamt!
With that in mind, we’d like to share a bit of information and tips to handle these trying times.
First off, please stay home and be safe. Stop the spread of this virus!
Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly. If someone is lonely or scared, let them know you are there. (Remembering to stay at least six feet away!) Check if they need anything before you order from or go to the market and disinfect everything. Not everyone handles the stress the same. Be patient and kind.
Create crafts, paint, knit, write, or try a new recipe. Get inspired on YouTube.com. There is so much you can learn.
Spring Clean, reorganize, fill donation bags. Look around your house and see what needs to be fixed. Rearrange your furniture.
Exercise and stay healthy. Sing. Play music. YouTube.com has many free classes.
Call loved ones and old friends. Look forward to good times when the pandemic finally passes.
Ask for forgiveness, if needed. It is a good time to heal old wounds.
Take a free class and upgrade your skills in Adobe, software development, business, web development, design, and more at www.Lynda.com. If you have a Los Angeles Library card, Lynda is free! www.coursera.org will help you get a computer skills certificate that could lead to a great job. If you are interested in learning computer science, visit www.code.org. There are learning modules starting K5 to adults. It is free too!
Need to help your children with school work? www.kahnacademy.org is free with daily schedules for kids 2-18 to keep them learning. Interested in reading to or with your young child? Look at the digital library at www.getepic.com for a 30-day free trial.
Travel virtually in the safety of your own home with 20 Amazing Places You Can Visit Without Leaving Home. Learn to speak in foreign lands and learn a new language with Mango 70 Languages. It’s free through thousands of public libraries, schools, and other organizations. https://mangolanguages.com
Getting Financial Assistance and Info on COVID-19
Many Americans are suddenly not working and are not eligible for sick leave or vacation time. But there is a myriad of government programs that our tax dollars fund can help us through this.
Learn about programs the government can help you. www.usa.gov/benefits-grants-loans
Unemployment Insurance is available through the individual states: In California, it’s https://edd.ca.gov.
Putting food on the table is also a challenge when there’s no income. All states have food stamp programs; in California, it’s https://www.getcalfresh.org.
For the millions of small businesses that have been affected, the Small Business Association is creating low-interest loans to help us survive. Try https://www.sba.gov.
Many supermarkets deliver or have special shopping times for seniors and the disabled. Call yours to check.
Olvera Street, the Mexican Marketplace set on Los Angeles’ “first street,” is, of course, temporarily closed. But we at Olvera-Street.com are still in business, albeit with limited stock, and are happy to serve you. Visit us at https://www.olvera-street.com/shop-online.
This is the greatest crisis that most of us have ever faced, with dire predictions of the next several weeks. But despite that, we remain optimistic and very grateful when we look to our new heroes: the doctors, nurses, first responders, and essential workers who continually put our lives ahead of their own.
Keep in mind that when our ancestors went through their pandemic 102 years ago, there was no Netflix, internet, or TV. Many didn’t even have a telephone or electricity. So, we can be grateful to live in the 21st Century. We will all get through this together safely if we simply stay home.
Ginette Rondeau and John Trausch