Protecting our own emotional and spiritual health and that of our community is also a real concern.
As we move through this crisis, you may be experiencing a range of intense emotions. Our 24/7 news cycle and on-demand flow of facts, opinions and anecdotes may have your head spinning or your heart skipping a beat now and then. Distilling truth from falsehoods or wishful thinking can be challenging. With so many unknowns, it’s easy for anxiety and unease to build. Panic and fear, or dismissal and denial. All of these feelings are normal and understandable.
What can you do? Keep yourself and others SAFE and CONNECTED.
Keep SAFE physically, following the advice and precautions noted in last week's column.
If you need financial assistance for food or medicine or to see a doctor, let me know!
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Emergency funds from our Ministerial Discretionary Fund are there to help you.
Keep CONNECTED socially: In last Sunday’s service, I preached on cultivating resilience and the importance of PEOPLE in “Weathering the Storm.” We know strong social connections are beneficial to our health and well-being and help reduce anxiety, stress and fear.
Keep CONNECTED: To your Fourth UU community.
- Let us know how others can help you if need assistance with errands or other things.
- Share your ideas about ways we can keep connected from a distance.
Keep CONNECTED: Let me know, please, if you get sick, are diagnosed with COVID-10, or are under self-quarantine because of a suspected case. I will confidentially ensure you receive pastoral care and practical support and help keep the Fourth UU community safe and healthy.
Keep CONNECTED to other PEOPLE in your life. We need one another, especially when we are not able to be in each other’s immediate physical company.
- Worried or anxious? Reach out to me or to a trusted friend for phone calls.
- Feeling isolated or bored? Find creative ways that “float your boat” to connect while keeping social distance.
- Play Words with Friends or another online game
- Chat with someone online
- Chat with a neighbor from one another’s doors or porches.
- Chat with someone about a columnist, TV show or movie you are both following.
Be kind and patient with yourself and others as we keep each other SAFE and CONNECTED.
With blessings for the journey,