Maintaining Community in Times of Concern

March 18, 2020

With the uncertainty and drastic actions being taken worldwide surrounding COVID-19, maintaining our communities and connections is more important than ever. Community is the centre of what we do at Two Wheel View, and while it seems like social distancing isn’t beneficial to our community, it is actually an opportunity to strengthen our bonds. We can lessen the feelings of isolation with ourselves and with others by remembering we are all facing the same thing, and we can all support one another and come out more resilient on the other side

 

The first thing to remember is to stay calm. According to Alberta Health Services [1] the risk the virus presents to the public is low. The recent closing of schools, public spaces, and limits placed upon social gatherings is an act of community on a grand scale. We are not in danger, it’s merely putting safety measures in place to keep the more vulnerable members of our population safe and healthy.

 

Here are some ideas to support our community during a time of unprecedented concern:

 

Take care of yourself

In order to give to the community, we first need to take care of ourselves. Follow the directions from Alberta Health Services to keep transmission and infection at bay. Make sure to take care of your body and mind, which includes eating well, exercise, and reaching out if you feel anxious and need to talk. Remember to wash your hands, and to make it a little more enjoyable go here to find hand-washing instructions that go along with your favourite song (we’ve been washing our hands to the tune of Bicycle Race by Queen here at Two Wheel View!).

 

Get outside

While this may seem like the opposite of what you’re supposed to do, being in the great outdoors actually allows ample room for social distancing. So take your bike, and maybe meet a friend along the way, and breathe some fresh air while maintaining the recommended amount of space.

 

Get Creative

Maybe this is a time to discover (or re-discover) a hobby. Have a spa day, learn a language, use Youtube to learn a new skill, or create something! If you’re out of ideas, check out this list and don’t forget to show us your creativity by posting on Facebook or tagging us on Instagram!

 

Check In

We have so many methods of communication. So send a message, call a friend, or write a letter. When it seems like the world has stopped, we keep going and maybe this is a great time to reconnect with someone without the regular ongoing chaos of everyday work, school, and life.

Do you have an elderly family member or neighbour? Know someone who lives alone? Someone who has mobility challenges? Especially with the stockpiling trend brought on by COVID-19, there are many vulnerable people that might not have the necessities they require during this time. Many seniors centres are also closed to visitors, so if you have some creative output (pictures, letters, etc) perhaps you can send them to a local home to brighten someone’s day! Consider calling somebody that’s on your mind or knock on their door, and have a conversation and see if there is any way you can help those who need it most.

 

Reach out

While our facilities are physically closed, we are always here for you at Two Wheel View! We want to hear about how you’re building yourself and the community up during this difficult time. Please send us a message any time for any reason, or post on any of our social media channels. Tell us your stories, and we will be eagerly awaiting the day when we can open our doors again to welcome you in!

 

 

 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

-Mister Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16997.aspx

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