I’m sure a large portion of the world’s population now knows about the Coronavirus. Europe has now shut its borders. In Trinidad cruise ships are no longer allowed to enter, public gatherings are strongly discouraged and schools have been closed. As an expat it has me thinking about other expats who need to return home. At the moment, in Trinidad only returning nationals can enter from abroad. However, with the current UK stance to go against the advice of WHO, I’m wondering if that decision will remain. Would I be able to attend my sister’s wedding this Summer? I read somewhere that we might be battling with the virus until Spring 2021!  As a precautionary measure (due to my asthma) the kids will stay at home with me until after the Easter hols.  So, I’ve come up with a few ways to stay connected and mental health care while far from home during Coronavirus pandemic.

Keep Connected

Social media isn’t just for influencers. Anyone can use it and believe it or not it can be fun. You make funny videos; create cute selfies to cheer up friends and family. You can also simply have a live chat. Switch on and login with your friend or family simultaneous and just let your day unfold naturally and chat as if they were in the room with you. You can read stories to little ones in the family, let you inner actor free.

  • Instagram Live and Hand-Free Chat
  • Facebook Live and Facebook Portal
  • TikTok
  • WhatsApp

Social media and online services have taken a toll on written correspondence and that saddens me somewhat. In my opinion putting your thoughts and feelings on paper is deeper and very emotionally cleansing. I like injecting a bit of creativity like making my own paper, or making illusions. As a newbie expat, I diarised my letters to share a bit of my day with the recipient. In my mind it meant they had in the moment experiences of who my days played out.

Now that I am a mum, not only do I use some of those forms of communication, so do my kids. At the moment, they are loving the Houseparty app. They also enjoy playing games online. such as Roblox, with their friends from school. 

Under the current situation snail mail will take longer but at least keeps you busy and just imagine the joy of the recipient, when it arrives. It’s lovely to receive something other than bills in the post. Little ones may enjoy making their own cards as a craft exercise, then post them off!

Mental Health

For you own mental health keep the doors of communication open. Trying the suggestions above should help. However, there are other things you can do. Think outside the box. I intend to some of the following myself:

  • Find a new hobby
  • Reignite your passion for an old hobby
  • Practice self-care (aromatherapy, DIY massages and facials)
  • Try new recipes and cooking techniques
  • Re-connect with nature(nature walk, forest bath, ramble –in small groups-)

 

Are you currently in quarantine how are you getting by? Are you thinking of going into self isolation as precaution? How are you preparing for the big stay in? Please comment below.

 

(updated 10th May 2020)

 

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