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3 ways to be there for a friend who is Covid positive

Updated on:28 May 2021, 15:55pm IST
Is a dear friend battling Covid-19? While you may not be able to care for them physically, here’s what you can do to support them.
Devina Kaur
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You don’t need to be there physically to support a friend through this crisis. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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If you recently found out that a loved one is infected with the Covid-19 virus, you might be wondering how you could possibly support them during this time? Maybe this individual is already in quarantine, however, they have isolated themselves to the point where they are not even answering your messages and you are left pondering what more you can do to uplift their spirit?

What a strange time this past year has been. Ever since we were first exposed to the Covid-19 virus, many of us have been battling for our lives—physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually. We have been experiencing trauma collectively as a global community and even though it hasn’t always been easy, we learn that heaven is a place on earth and the strength to continue is inside each and every one of us.

So many individuals are battling with their friends and family who are positive with Covid-19. A lot of people may not be affected directly by the virus, however, they are struggling with the mental isolation that the pandemic has exposed us to as well.

I want to let you know that there are many ways that you can support those whom you love and who may be going through the trauma associated with the pandemic.

Here are 3 ways you can help your friend, family or spouse who may have contracted the virus while ensuring that you are staying safe:

1. Be a listening ear

We all want to be listened to because it instills in us a great sense of importance by making you feel like you matter. Just being there and listening to what others are going through is the most appreciated form of compassion that you could give. Maybe they want to share their experiences of having the virus or perhaps they are overwhelmed mentally and just want a person to rant to. Open up your ears to their vulnerability and make them feel like they are not a burden to you.

2. Be a helping hand

Do they have a child to babysit or maybe they may need someone to pick up the groceries? Ask them what you can do to help them lessen the daily household activities that they may not be able to handle with their full capacity right now. Battling with an illness can be overwhelming on a holistic level. An individual affected with the virus may not have the energy to complete many of the activities they were used to while under quarantine. Offering a helping hand is appreciated and makes the other person feel that they are not battling alone.

They need your support. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Have a positive voice for them

Being a source of reliable information and the good news is a great way to uplift the spirit of someone who may be feeling as though all hope is lost in their journey of battling with the pandemic. Those who are in quarantine are more likely to feel depressed or have anxiety about what they may perceive as the unknown.

Being a source of positive communication can help minimize the impact of mental anxieties that the person may be dealing with. Keep yourself informed concerning topics about public health, share positive and uplifting news about recoveries and medicinal discoveries, be a source of laughter and lighthearted comedy that will get the person going throughout their day. If you are in a position to make their day, do it!

If you have concerns about the psychological wellbeing of your friend or loved one don’t be afraid to reach out for medical support on their behalf. Remember to take care of yourself so that you may care for others. You cannot pour from an empty cup! Practice meditations, eat healthy, pamper yourself and allow yourself to go through the motions when trying to survive a post-pandemic society because all your feelings are valid. Happiness is a choice we must make every day.

Devina Kaur Devina Kaur

Devina Kaur is an inspirational speaker, radio host, and producer. She is also the author of the self-help book called "Too Fat Too Loud Too Ambitious".