The Sydney lockdown is going on longer than expected and if you’re anything like me you will know people who are affected by it. It can be hard to be there for them especially if you’re restricted by state border closures. Even if you’re normally separated by a state border it can feel more restrictive and isolating.
Send a care package – put together a parcel of their favourite things and maybe something to provide some entertainment (think puzzles, books and games). You can send baked goods by mail just make sure they are sealed up well, aren’t iced (unless it’s royal icing and it’s fully dried) and they don’t require to be kept cold - things like brownies/blondies or cookies. This article has lots of good tips, also be sure to send by express postage if you can.
Check in with them regularly – send them a text or a message, video chat or call and ask how they are going. Let them vent to you and just be there. Try to see things from their perspective, maybe they have had to cancel trips to see family, or they are annoyed that people aren’t socially distancing. Take their cues when it comes to talking about Covid. Maybe they don’t want to be reminded about the numbers and discuss it or maybe they want to talk about it.
Set up virtual events – did you know that many streaming services allow you to watch the same thing at the same time? Organise a movie night and enjoy spending time together but apart. There are also many games you can play online such as Pictionary or even just start an intense Words with Friends game.
Make them smile – seen a funny video? Email them the link. What about a funny meme or picture? Send it to them. Help lighten the mood and provide a much-needed distraction throughout this intense uncertain time.
If in doubt, ask how you can help them and what support they need.
Lockdowns are hard and we shouldn’t expect people to get through them alone. Be there for them, keep in contact and know that this will eventually pass, and you will soon be able to see them again.
Feel free to drop by, just say, ‘Hey Barty’ in strict confidence and you can be anonymous if you wish. Or, do not hesitate to leave a question in the comments below any time.