Knowledge and understanding are the key to reducing fear
How does knowledge and understanding reduce fear when we face a crisis or the unknown?
If we know the facts about what something is, we can take precautions.
If we understand why those precautions are taken, we feel more confident.
When we have knowledge and understanding, we reduce anxiety that creates fear and panic.
Panic or apathy – finding balance
As we sit in our homes, busy lives disrupted, social world cancelled, but healthy, how many ask, is this necessary, while others wonder why we are not globally isolating. There are two extremes, panic and apathy. Neither are healthy. It is the media’s job to report on what is happening and society tends to be more interested in traumatic events creating a sense of panic and urgency. At the other end of the spectrum there are unconcerned people that believe there is nothing to worry about, it won’t happen to you. Everything in life needs balance and this pandemic is no different. Balance lays between panic and apathy, so how do we find it?
Fear comes from not knowing, uncertainty, and failure to understand what is happening and the consequences. Nothing in life is certain but we can make better decisions about how we navigate this world with proper information. Wishart Brain and Spine Law looks at the Public Health Agency of Canada site for guidance and updates in what the medical experts know about the virus for keeping our staff and clients healthy. Keeping with our business and client practice, we choose to look at this from a place of comfort, and compassion, to help educate, understand, and reduce fear for our staff, clients and their families.
What is COVID-19?
Please listen to Dr. Peter Lin, a family Physician, speak in this video link explaining the Coronavirus.
Be prepared if someone in your house gets sick. Refer to the Government of Canada be prepared factsheet.
A healthy individual has a smaller chance of becoming seriously ill or dying from an infectious disease, but they are also carriers. Think about how many times you have gone to work under the weather and been able to function? Those are considered mild symptoms, but you are contagious to others who may not experience your illness the same way.
Your immune system creates the antibodies to fight disease but that requires exposure, time and the body needs to be strong, and capable. Is your grandmother, friend with a respiratory disease, cancer, or that person with a spinal cord injury capable?
Why we need to self-isolate
The biggest problem with the COVID-19 virus is that our health care system can not accommodate all the people that could require intensive medical care if they are infected. Many people have the virus and will experience mild to moderate cold like symptoms. For others with respiratory problems COVID-19 can be fatal. Because this is a new virus there are still many unknowns. The shut down of services, travel, schools, and events are to protect those most vulnerable and reduce the risk of spreading the disease and overloading the medical system. This is what flattening the curve means.
As schools, daycares, group homes, and after school activities cancel, stress builds. Who will look after my children so I can work? Service industry businesses are closed and there is no income for people that are already living paycheck to paycheck. Will the landlord terminate my lease if I can’t pay? How do I eat? What will happen to home care support? Many of us are in the same situation.
Ask your employer to work from home to accommodate childcare or home care needs. Discuss adjusting office time to longer hours and fewer shifts where family care needs can be shared with other employees. Ask to bring your children to work with you. There are ways we can make this work. Ask for company meetings to address the concerns and solve the problems collectively.
If money is a concern spend only on things you need. Do not panic buy, it will take money that could be used for other essential expenses if you do get sick, or support payments are delayed. There will be food, there will be water, you may not be eating like the magazine pages, but you will eat.
Make minimum payments on your bills. Phone utility companies, credit card companies and explain your situation and set up payment plans. If you communicate with your lenders, they will know that you have intent, will advise you, help you budget and make notes on your accounts to protect your credit ranking.
When we get back to work keep your financial commitments. There will be jobs and opportunity after the closures.
Financial disruptions are real concerns and the government and banks will have no choice but to address the problems. This is why we elect people that we trust to look after us when we are in crisis.
If you’re not experiencing financial concerns, please consider a donation to your local food bank and charities. They will help those in the community with direct needs.
Think about what you can do
Think about what you are reading and seeing in mainstream and social media, is it helpful or is it creating stress, anxiety, panic. If it is not helping, stop reading or turn it off. Be thankful we have time to prepare.
If you are self employed get creative. Fitness teachers can go outside to host a class or training session, offer a live social media workout. If you are a wedding caterer offer home delivery meals, especially to seniors, and the sick. People employed in the arts can offer to live stream concerts to homes with pay per view or ask for donations.
Meet with your friends on group video calls. You can all watch the same movie from home, make the same dinner and sit around and eat together. The best part of dining at home is no one is drinking and driving so you can have that glass of wine with your friends.
The reality is that no one is dining out, shopping, taking a holiday, attending concerts or sporting events. You’re not missing out on anything. You now have time to clean the closet, read that book, plant your garden, or do that puzzle. Take the time you have been wishing for, with less running around, nothing on the calendar, and cherish those stay at home moments that are never available.
Our Firm and your claim during this crisis
Wishart Brain and Spine Law practices holistic law which means that in addition to representing your legal case we believe your recovery process includes your overall well-being. Our legal team is working remotely but our clients will still receive the same care, service and attention from their legal team. If you are a client and are feeling uncertain about what this pandemic means for you, please contact us directly. Your lawyer will explain the effects shutdowns will have on your legal process. You do not need to have any doubts or concerns, that your claim is not moving forward. This blog does not replace professional medical advise, or information about your health and finances, it is for information purposes only. If you are experiencing severe symptoms you must seek professional medical attention immediately. If you have been injured or are assisting someone with a traumatic injury in need of legal representation, please contact us for a free consultation.