Saturday, April 17

Small acts of kindness in times of uncertainty unite City of Joy

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In a bid to fight the constant anxiety and paranoia surrounding us these days, people seem to have distanced themselves from one another — not just socially, but emotionally as well. But many are coming forward with their acts of kindness. They are not only helping with grocery for the elderly but teaching us the benefits of living in a friendly neighbourhood. Here’s help.

Extend a helping hand, sanitised of course!

The elderly are not only more susceptible to the disease but also less unable to physically work and cope. Same goes for those ailing at every home. And there are some who don’t even have a young member at home. So, it’s time you forget that fight with your neighbour and help them order the grocery online.

Increase the community feeling

For those living in buildings and communities, this is the time to actually work for the common good. After all, it’s not always the Durga Puja bhog that you get to arrange. Life throws a number of unforeseen events that you all have to overcome together. So to respect the rules of the lockdown, make sure you have a common list and take two by turn to visit the market for every apartment’s requirements. That way you will save yourselves and others the hassle.

‘Taking an individualistic stand at this point is of no use’

We will have to understand that this is a new situation that we are in. This shutdown is there to protect us against the spread of the disease. So, we will have to come out of denial that it can’t happen to us. This denial, as I understand, also comes from fact that we are fearful of the situation and are trying to avoid and not realise the seriousness of it. This comes from fear but we will have to deal with it. If we follow the norms, then only we can collectively combat the situation. Taking an individualistic stand at this point is of no use because there are associated threats with the disease.
— Anuttama Banerjee, consultant psychologist

Fighting the pandemic

Try to support each other without physical proximity
Stay connected on the virtual world
Come out of denial
Don’t trivialise the situation
Engage in some activity at home to take your mind off the pandemic

‘I am trying to help supply ration to elderly citizens’
My Facebook post on wanting to supply ration has been well-appreciated and I have received some requests from children of elderly parents. They are either staying abroad due to work or are settled in other districts of Bengal. So, I am trying to help supply their elderly parents in Kolkata with ration and other essential items. Since I have work from home now, I get around three hours break in between my shifts. I am utilising that time to help people in this crisis.
— Subhashish Bhattacherjee, working with an Indian MNC in Kolkata

Words of caution

Anyone offering help to neighbours needs to make sure that they are following the advice of health authorities
Make sure you wash your hands regularly and maintain a personal separation of six feet to minimise the risk to your community

Both groups and individuals coming forward for fight

It’s not just pretty posts and encouraging messages. Now when you open your social media accounts, there are some thoughtful gestures and important information that are doing the rounds. Individuals and groups of youngsters are coming forward to help the old and the ailing at home by getting their online grocery done. This is a great help in these times.

It is easy to lift someone’s mood

This is the time that will eat into people’s minds who are depressed. It may also give more reasons for their anxieties to return. If you know a friend or a colleague living alone during the lockdown or one who is more prone to getting depressed, try arranging for some video chatting time with them. You can plan to watch a film or series at the same time and video chat about it to bring back the feeling of watching a movie together. You can also arrange for a video lunch with a friend or a colleague staying alone.

Surprise your friend

A little thoughtfulness can go a long way. If you have a friend living in the city alone in the lockdown, just order a meal from an app-based eatery to cheer him/her up. Since e-gifts and flowers are out of the question, this bare essential gift on your part will be remembered for long.A little thoughtfulness can go a long way. If you have a friend living in the city alone in the lockdown, just order a meal from an app-based eatery to cheer him/her up. Since e-gifts and flowers are out of the question, this bare essential gift on your part will be remembered for long.

 

Source: Times of India

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