So, why not consider:
- When cooking meals, make some extra portions and freeze them
- Check you have a working thermometer
- Make an agreement with someone to help each other dropping off groceries in the event that one of you becomes ill. If that’s not an option, familiarize yourself with grocery or meal delivery services. As a last resort purchase some extra supplies, being mindful of others’ needs particularly with regards to essential items like infant formula
- Check with your local pharmacy to see if you can pre-authorize someone outside your household to pick up prescriptions on your behalf and if so, make those arrangements
- Develop a family plan for various scenarios, including planning care for any dependants and/or pets if you become unwell. Minimize your reliance on people who are vulnerable (ie. grandparents) and make sure everyone included in the plan is aware and in agreement
- We are blessed in and around Brussels with miles of forest and parkland and as far as I can see there is no reason not to get out for a walk, cycle or run in the fresh air every day even with friends as long as you adhere to good hygiene practices. Restaurants’ and bars closed - take a picnic and a flask. The weather forecast, at least for next week, is quite good!
- Check in with vulnerable or elderly neighbours and offer to shop for them or drop off a meal. The last place they need to be is a busy supermarket
- Check in with your friends via facetime or What’s app – use these platforms creatively to share activities you used to meet face to face or in a group for
- Set realistic goals and don’t sweat the small stuff! Being at home with young children is tough so if household standards slip a bit bah so what…..this too will pass and life will return to normal
Lastly, watch out for each other and be aware of how you and those around you are coping with their stress, particularly those who are especially at risk and do what you can to practice good self-care and help others.