There is a saying, I am not very sure how it goes, but it has words like, 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!' help me know how we can do this here. Considering the speed at which Covid-19 Virus spreads, and in the spirit of bending the curve through social distancing, many countries have asked their citizens to stay home.
The policy of Stay home means families, spouses, individuals, communities, and societies stay in places familiar to them where the move from when they go out and where they return in the evening or night. Homes shared with familied, friends or acquaintances. Spaces characterized by good memories and good food and care and concern, but also spaces children and some women have never known peace, hardly have a meal, or stay for more than five minutes without being bullied, bartered, killed, or send out in the cold.
So, telling people to stay at home without addressing the cultural, social, psychological, economic, political and human factors that impact people emotionally spiritually, psychologically does little to help these families so vulnerable in the face of the Merciless Covid-19. Covid-19 has brought about Lemons of all types of shapes, colors in families and marriages globally. Who will help the families make lemonades to survive the Stay Home???
From UK, CNN, and other media from parts of the US and around the world, in 2020 with Covid-19 and stay home makes people, particularly women living with abusive spouses are in great distress. Couples have retreated to individual spaces, when life had given them the we space characterized by hugs, kisses, and sharing of a bed. I quarantine, this is not possible. Not even seen the other fully with face masks.
And who is looking at the needs of children who cannot comprehend why they can’t have their freedom to play? How they must listen when told not to greet, of stay close to their dear friends? They too have been impacted. They need a person, patient enough to help verbalize safety requirements, but also help children to process the negative emotions that come with adjustments.
Who is helping parents with parenting burnout? This is true, especially in systems where children in colleges, schools and universities stay longer in institutions per year then they do stay at homes?
Our teenagers are not spared either. Stay home when hanging out with friends means the world to our young people must feel like a tall order. Can we have youth friendly parenting that can help them process and utilize the home space safely. Peer mentality in the
And yet we have people who had earlier on mad plans to get married. The world has seen new marriages, where spouses have rushed to get married with 15 people when they had budgeted for 400, because of social distancing, the law could allow a small gathering. People have gone as far as marrying via zoom with appropriate social distancing. Others may have cancelled due to fears of safety and not being sure of what life will mean for them.
And there are also those families that have lost loved through the virus and staying at home without that loved one brings a lot of negative feelings to those left behind. Some have buried, others are yet to and yet many more fears losing family or friends too.
Yes as sisters, whether single, married, professional, educated or not, mother, grandmother, a good human being, we can make lemonade out of the Covid-19 Lemon. We being with ourselves doing selfcare. By being aware of negative thoughts, emotions, and decisions we are making when we have people around us 24/7, in an unknow time span. We can then be aware of other unusual negative actions or behavior of others around us and offer help. We can notice intolerance from communications through media posts of our friends and give them shoulders to lean on. We can then share with the world in our connections to;
Remember, these are unusual global challenges and times are different just from what we are accustomed to
Make communications as clear as possible, and listen out to feedback and other's communications
Nurture dialogue in families and with people outside our family circle
Be sensitive and Understand the negative impacts to others near you
Balance between the home office, personal life and family life
Remain intentional in connecting with others who may be vulnerable and have no one to reach out to them
Share the love with the unloved, the hurting , the bereaved, the fearful and give them HOPE
Invite God, Allah, the ultimate being to journey with us during these un-precedented times.
Know that it is only for a while, soon or later, things will also change. So we remain positive and fight negativity from within and without by all means.