© Copyright 2019 Grief Probate Journey Blog *PLEASE NOTE THIS INFORMATION IS SOURCED FROM UK, AMERICAN and CANADIAN WEBSITES* It is also based on our own experience. *We are not experts in these fields, we are speaking purely on our own experience with information sought from the internet to give further examples. We are aware that as thing’s are moving in real time some of our links might not be as up to date in accordance with how fast matters are proceeding. Our aim is to try and have as much information as possible in a localised place. We will keep this topic updated as best as possible*
Please see: Coronavirus: Self-care, home-schooling and more which covers:
- Introduction/Our Story
- Links on Handling Self-Isolation and Coronavirus
- Links on Home-Schooling and Coronavirus
- Links on COVID-19 Support groups/Networks
- Links on Supporting people through Coronavirus *UPDATED* Now includes article from Milli Prokop: Studio D Merchandise. Face Mask supplier
- Links on Supermarkets/ Banks offering help to older customers
- Links on Coronavirus and Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Links on Coronavirus and Anxiety
- Links on Support for Teachers
- Links on Protecting yourself and your family: Coronavirus
- Links on Support for carers/NHS Staff during Coronavirus
- Links on Supporting Employees, businesses, self-employed, claimants
- Links on Panic Buying and Coronavirus
- Links on Supporting homeless people through Coronavirus
- Links on Coronavirus Information
- Our Final Thoughts
1. Introduction/Our Story
Welcome, we hope this finds whoever may read this topic well. We would like to say this topic does not focus on how the virus started, where it came from, treatment for it etc. We are focusing more on self-care, homeschooling and ways to cope with self-isolating, Social distancing. We will try our best to keep this topic updated as and when possible.
In thinking about our blog and weekly topics, it didn’t feel right to not address this very serious worldwide pandemic. It just didn’t sit right not too.
It was never a plan to write about this, and we thought about it very carefully as this is such a sensitive matter, but at the same time, how can we not address this, it is something that is here and now in our present moment in time, it is something that we most certainly cannot ignore even if we wanted to, it is something that we have to face and do the best we can to maintain our health and mental wellbeing through this time. In honesty, we have contemplated and been backwards and forwards about doing this. But have decided yes, let’s do this, let’s go ahead with it.
This situation and how it will affect us as individuals are just that, individual experiences. dependent on your current life situation. By addressing this matter we cannot assume or know how people are affected by it, but we wanted to try and show some sort of support and recognition for everyone living through this.
It is in the media every single day, through news, newspapers, radio, social media in some respects there is no escape from it which can lead to possible negative effects, one of these being the mass of panic buying in supermarkets. Shelves completely empty, queues extending outside of supermarkets just to be able to get inside, people scrambling to stock up on toilet roll, hand sanitiser. Supermarkets limiting customers to 4 items or less across all products. It is not a very nice experience at all when out trying to get basics and every single time you find empty shelves.
In the times I’ve been out, I have randomly been speaking to people, one lady said she hasn’t seen anything like it, not even during world war 2. Another lady on a different day was saying its soul-destroying, in honesty, I agree, it’s soul-destroying, and draining.
In our lifetime (my sister and I) we have never experienced something like this, even our Mum hasn’t ever lived through something like this. That fact alone is an awakening.
Our dad was a very philosophical person, both my sister and I wonder what he would have thought about this situation. It is a conversation we would have liked to have with him to hear his views. To this day there are still so many times we wonder:
- What would Dad say about this
- What would Dad do in this situation
- what would Dad advise
This is quite an overwhelming situation with many people at higher risk than others such vulnerable people due to pre-existing health conditions, underlying chronic medical conditions, age (young and old) symptoms of a cold, varying mental health issues, living conditions, this is naming just a few possible life scenarios.
My personal experience so far is that my rolling workshop counselling sessions have had to be cancelled due to Coronavirus. Within these sessions, they were focusing on different topics each week. They were also going to be piloting 12 weeks of yoga, and I decided I was going to join that. I was undertaking therapy again to try and address issues surrounding our bereavement (anxiety and other matters). My sisters sessions on bereavement have also been cancelled as a result.
The two combined would have been a great boost for my mental and physical wellbeing, I will now have to find and learn new ways to uplift myself to help me not only get around how I am currently feeling (due to my bereavement) but also deal with new feelings, emotions amid this pandemic.
As we have said this is affecting people in many ways, ways that we are not aware of, this could be due to pre-existing matters (like my sister and I and the loss of our Dad, and also ensuring our Mum is protected as can be, which brings back old feelings and worries of protecting our Dad due to his various infections whilst in the hospital. We now have these same worries for our Mum) or even a combination of pre-existing matters as well as this current situation, or this matter alone.
As we’ve been preparing this topic things have been constantly changing we are now aware that people have cancelled weddings, funerals are now being affected. It’s unimaginable how those who are going through this must feel. Our thoughts go out to them and their families.
Another major change that has occurred whilst we prepared this topic is that pubs, restaurants, cinemas, gyms all forms of outside entertainment have now closed for the foreseeable future. It feels like such unknown times as we have never lived through something like this, it’s very surreal. Life as we knew it will not be the same for a while. We (my sister and I) feel this is going to be a very big adjustment for all during this isolation process, however, our hope throughout is that we as people support each other, uplift each other, and take care of ourselves both mentally and physically as best as we can so that we can get through this and come out of this on the other side as positive and well as we can be.
We are expressing how we feel about this because we are living through this moment. Our deepest condolences also go out to anyone who has lost someone through this time to this virus. Our thoughts and respect truly do go out to all carers doctors, nurses during this time, it must be extremely difficult for them beyond belief.
We have put together what we hope are some helpful/useful links. Please see Coronavirus: Self-Care, Home-Schooling and more:
2. Links on Handling Self-Isolation and Coronavirus
- How to look after your pet when carrying out ‘Social Distancing’ or staying at home due to Coronavirus: Q&A – RSPCA
- RSPCA urge councils to relax dog walking rules to help curb COVID-19 and keep people near home
- Coronavirus: How families can cope with self-isolating together – BBC News
- Coronavirus: How to help kids cope with life without school – BBC News
- 6 ways parents can support their kids through Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
- Children in self-isolation -If your child has to self-isolate, here are some things that you can do to help them
- Sky- How we’re responding to Covid-19 – An update on Sky Services
- What happens to your body and brain when you’re quarantined, and how to cope
- Parenting During the COVID-19 Lockdown
- How to keep kids amused and engaged during coronavirus isolation
- Coronavirus: how to help children through isolation and lockdown
- How to Handle Self-Isolation and Not Lose One’s Mind – Bois de Jasmin
- How Live-Streaming could help us survive the loneliness of coronavirus self-isolation
- Open University: Open University are giving away free university online courses.
- How Social Networks can do good while we’re all trapped indoors
- Feeling Lonely? Try These Therapist-Recommended Strategies Today
- A Brit living in Spain explains how to ease loneliness when you’re self-isolating
- Coronavirus: Mental Health Advice for self-isolation – BBC News
3. Links on Home-Schooling and Coronavirus
Audible Stories | Audible.com – Amazon “For as long as Schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening”.
CultureTree TV “Hi Guys,I’ve got an exciting announcement to make!Since we’re all stuck at home indefinitely, I’ve decided to share a live Yoruba Stars session with you everyday Monday – Friday, 11am – 11.30 on our YouTube channel CultureTreeTV. Please subscribe if you haven’t done so already: http://www.youtube.com/c/CultureTreeTVYoruba It’s a 30-minute session but your kids will learn so much in that time. Yoruba songs, stories, new words. It’s going to be lots of fun! I need you please to share this video with as many parents/caregivers as you can. See you at our 1st session on Monday”.
- How to watch Joe Wicks’ Free PE With Joe classes for kids as UK locks down
- PE with Joe: Who is Joe Wicks? From body coach to the Nations PE Teacher
- 18 Tips On How To Cope With Children During Quarantine
- Coronavirus home-schooling? Five ways to keep your kids learning, happy and healthy
- The Best Homeschooling in the UK & London – Minerva Tutors
Teaching Remotely for Grades k-12| Free Resources and Strategies “Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! -The Editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines”.
“Since many kids are/will be home from school, sharing an awesome list of ideas from a parent who homeschool’s”.
- Tynker: Coding for kids
- Outschool: Take small-group classes, from anywhere
- Udemy | Create Your Be Able Moment
- Beast Academy (Math)
- Khan Academy
- Creative Bug
- Crash Course Kids
- Science Channel
- SciShow Kids
- National Geographic Kids
- Free School
- Geography Focus
- Kids Learning Tube
- Geeek Gurl Diaries
- Mike Likes Science
- Science Max
“Lots of board games, library books (and Kindle), tinkering/upcycling with household junk, etc”.
Some resources to help with kids at home:
“Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities”. https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Pretend to travel the world. Go on a virtual tour of these 12 famous museums: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
“This is the awesome free curriculum that we use”. Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here”! https://allinonehomeschool.com/
“List of thinking games by grade”: https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/
“More awesome free learning websites that we like to use:”
4. Links on COVID-19 Support groups/ Networks
Covid-19 mutual support groups in across London. Please share:
- Newham: https://m.facebook.com/groups/202303704194767?tsid=0.9555866834351918&source=result
- Southwark: https://m.facebook.com/groups/833177740485170/#_=_
- Islington: https://www.facebook.com/groups/926599381108201/?ref=share
- Battersea: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BatterseaMutualAid/?ref=share
- Lambeth: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214918153220011/
- Lewisham: https://www.facebook.com/groups/906156979855211/?ref=share
- Tower Hamlets:https://www.facebook.com/groups/2740546326063053/?fref=mentions&__tn__=K-R
- Waltham Forest: https://www.facebook.com/groups/233168351049198/about/
- Camden: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199172994722225/
- Haringey: https://www.facebook.com/Haringey-Covid-19-Mutual-Aid-100920541545836/?modal=admin_todo_tour
- Brent: https://www.facebook.com/groups/202723577488723/
- Ealing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/207463573829862/
- Barnet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/215636692879586/?ref=share
5. Links on Supporting people through Coronavirus *UPDATED* Now includes article from Milli Prokop. Studion D Merchandise. Face Mask supplier
- Simon Cowell will donate 1.3 million to help charities that are struggling amid Coronavirus crisis
- BT Sports joins Sky Sports in offering customers money off their bills | Express.co.uk
- Coronavirus: Energy bill help for vulnerable amid outbreak – BBC News
- Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys, Aldi, Iceland and Morrisons opening times and stockpiling rules
- Coronavirus: Campaign launched offering help to those self-isolating
- Coronavirus: The kindness campaign to help those self-isolating
- Coronavirus: Community groups springs up to support people self-isolating
- Coronavirus: Elderly advice: How can I help look after vulnerable relatives?
- 7 things to help people affected by coronavirus pandemic
- Covid-19 Mutual Aid: How to help vulnerable people near you
- 6 ways to donate, volunteer and help others during the coronavirus outbreak – Everyone is a responder in this crisis’
- COVID-19 Helping your neighbours
- Three-month mortgage holiday for homeowners affected by coronavirus
- Talking to children about feelings – NHS
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the COVID-19 Outbreak
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
5.2 article from Milli Prokop. Studio D Merchandise. Face Mask supplier
How do you choose the right face mask to promote your business?
“After opening up the business activities, CDC has strongly recommended wearing masks in public places to stop transmission of COVID 19”.
“If you own a business, you can support the CDC initiative to fight against coronavirus by providing face masks to various institutions, your customers, and other business partners. Moreover, by offering masks printed with your logo, you can also promote your business. Furthermore, by offering ‘made in USA logo face masks’, you can also support the country’s economy”.
“But the question is how to choose the right face mask that fulfills all the above requirements?”
How to choose the right face mask for your business?
“There are three objectives that you can fulfill by offering face masks to the masses”:
- “Prevent the spread of coronavirus”
- “Promote your business”
- “Support country’s economy by using face masks made in USA”
“To fulfill these objectives you should consider the following factors”
“Number of layers“
“Medical personnel use masks with 3 layers of specially designed material. These masks are meant to protect the wearer. n95 masks are the most popular masks in the times of coronavirus”.
“However, to stop the spread of coronavirus you do not need such advanced masks. Face masks made of fabric are the most appropriate type of face masks to prevent the spread of the virus. CDC has also recommended these masks for public use. They can have 1 to 2 plies or layers and can also have 3 to 4 plies”.
“The material of the face mask“
“There are three types of materials used in ‘made in USA logo face masks’.”
- “Cotton masks are breathable and very comfortable to wear. Besides, they are washable and reusable”
- “The other type of face masks is canvas facemasks which have very high durability. However, owing to their thickness, they are very hard to breathe and do not fit properly on the face”.
- “Polyester masks are yet another reusable option that allows for colorful printing and thus is best for business promotion”.
“To select the right face mask to promote your business in a limited budget you must choose the mask that allows you to print 1 or 2 color imprints through screen printing or heat printing. If you want to match it with other branding materials like uniform or distribution vans etc., you will require a mask that allows for full-color sublimation for excellent quality graphics”.
“Selecting ‘made in USA logo face masks’ is the best way to slow the spread of the virus, promote your business, and help boost your nation’s economy“.
6. Links on Supermarkets/ Banks offering help to older customers
- Supermarket opening times and shopping rules for Tesco, M&S, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons
- British Supermarkets and Banks offer slots for older customers
- Coronavirus: Iceland stores to open for elderly shoppers
7. Links on Coronavirus and Mental Health and Wellbeing
- COVID Symptom Tracker
- How to take care of your mental health when you’re self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak
- Mr Motivator makes TV return on BBC to keep Britain fit in lockdown
- How to tell when you’re feeling lonely – and what to do about it – Stylist
- Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
- Mental health helplines – NHS
- Coronavirus: How to prioritise Wellbeing and Mental Health during Covid-19 Outbreak
- How To Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing
- How to live your life through the coronavirus epidemic outbreak
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health – BBC News
- Coping with Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- Minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Coronavirus: How to exercise while staying at home – BBC News
- Sitting exercises – NHS
- Strength exercises – NHS
- Flexibility exercises – NHS
- Balance exercises – NHS
8. Links on Coronavirus and Anxiety:
- #Coronanxiety support and anxiety – Anxiety UK
- Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety – Happiful Magazine
- Anxiety and Coronavirus: 12 coping strategies recommended by our members – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear and Uncertainty
- Tips for coping with OCD during the Coronavirus pandemic – Young Minds
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Managing Stress and Anxiety
- How to Cope With Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- How to stay calm amid coronavirus pandemic, anxiety relief tips
- 10 Ways to Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety – The New York Times
- What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus – Young Minds
- Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health – BBC News
- Manage Anxiety and Stress – Centers for Disease Control
- 11 tips for managing your anxiety during coronavirus
- If coronavirus scares you, read this to take control over your health anxiety
- What To Do If You’re Anxious About Coronavirus
9. Links on Support for Teachers
“During the rapidly evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID–19), we are here to support you and your students”.
“Supports for teachers in delivering remote learning experiences. … Reading Strategies and Activities for Students at Risk for Reading Difficulties, Including Dyslexia – Lesson … Code.org – lessons and resources – grades K–12.”
10. Links on Protecting yourself and your family: Coronavirus
- Stay at home: Guidance for households with possible Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection – GOV.UK
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus | Child Mind Institute
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus | Parenting Tips & Advice | PBS KIDS for Parents
- Protect Yourself and Your Family | CDC
- These 10 foods will help to boost your immune system
- Coronavirus Disease World Health Organization
- Protect yourself and others from Coronavirus – HSE.ie
- Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC
- 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Treatment
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): PreCoronavirus disease (COVID-19): Prevention and risks | Government of Canada
11. Links on Support for carers/ NHS Staff during Coronavirus
- Coronavirus UK: How to help the NHS as staff battle on the frontline amid COVID-19 crisis
- Tesco introduces dedicated shopping times for vulnerable and NHS Staff
- Coronavirus – NHS England – Guidance for clinicians
- Frontline staff around the world battling coronavirus tell people ‘Please stay at home’
- Guidance on Coronavirus | Carers Trust
- Social Care and Coronavirus | Discover | Age UK
- COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance
12. Links on Supporting Employees, businesses, self-employed, claimants
- Coronavirus: Government to pay up to 80% of workers’ wages – BBC NEWS
- Coronavirus: Chancellor unveils £350bn lifeline for economy – BBC News
- Coronavirus: Wages, sick pay and time off explained – BBC News
- The Chancellor Rishi Sunak provides an updated statement on coronavirus
- Self-employed? Here are the Chancellor’s new measures to help
- Support for those affected by COVID-19
- Coronavirus support for employees benefits claimants and businesses
- Tax helpline set up to support businesses and self-employed
- Coronavirus – what it means for you – Money advice Service
- Coronavirus – what it means for you – Citizens Advice
- Coronavirus outbreak – how will it affect my rights, pay and debts?
- Include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus
- Statutory Sick Pay for UK workers: this everything you need to know about Statutory Sick Pay if you’re self-isolating due to Covid-19
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers, and businesses
- Coronavirus and claiming benefits – Understanding Universal Credit “This page provides information about coronavirus and claiming benefits. It will continue to be updated. Please check this page regularly for updates on the arrangements the Department for Work and Pensions is making to support those who are affected by coronavirus”.
13. Links on Panic Buying and Coronavirus
- Councillor Shares Photos Of Wheelie Bins Overflowing With Fresh Food After Panic Buying
- Coronavirus: Can you stop people panic buying? – BBC News
- Coronavirus: Why people are panic buying toilet paper
- Why People Are Panic Buying as Coronavirus Spreads | Time
- Here’s why people are panic buying and stockpiling toilet paper to cope with coronavirus fears
14. Links on Supporting homeless people through Coronavirus
- UK Hotels to become homeless shelters under coronavirus plan
- Coronavirus: Rough sleepers in London given hotel rooms – BBC News
- Coronavirus Pandemic is a new reason to help homeless
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak | Homeless Link
- Calls for better support for homeless shelters and food banks amid coronavirus outbreak
- Coronavirus: ‘Safe Spaces’ needed for homeless to self-isolate
15. Links on Coronavirus Information
- Coronavirus: Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen – BBC News
- Rules at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Asda on shopping with your family
- Major South London Park closed after 3,000 sun worshipers flout COVID-19 lockdown rules
- People flock to London Park on warm weekend despite lockdown
- Coronavirus: What does it mean if I’ve been furloughed by work?
- Coronavirus: What does ‘furlough’ mean and how will it affect workers worldwide?
- Climate grief: How we mourn a changing planet – BBC Future
- Sainsbury’s bans couples from shopping together as it ramps up social distancing rules
- A letter to the UK from Italy: This is what we know about your future
- Coronavirus: Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock tests positive for Coronavirus
- UK Coronavirus home testing to be made available to millions
- Coronavirus: Prince Charles tests positive but ‘remains in good health’ – BBC News
- Fines of £30 for people who ignore new Coronavirus lockdown
- Government to open new Coronavirus hospital to cope with 4,000 more COVID-19 cases
- UK: Coronavirus: 12,000 former NHS workers to return and emergency hospital to open as death toll rises
- Coronavirus: Thousands volunteer to help NHS with vulnerable – BBC News
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles due 30th March 2020
- Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households – GOV.UK
- Full guidance on staying at home and away from others – GOV.UK
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do – GOV.UK
- ‘Stay at home’ – Doctors and nurses appeal to UK – BBC News
- The four reasons you are allowed to leave your home coronavirus
- UK Coronavirus: Boris Johnson announces strict lockdown across country – The Guardian
- What should I do if I am buying a house during the Coronavirus outbreak? The latest property advice – The Telegraph
- The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact On House Moves
- Chaos for the housing market as banks stop mortgage lending | Daily Mail Online
- Martin Lewis: Urgent Credit Card warning for those struggling amid Coronavirus pandemic
- Burger King boss: We’re not going to pay our rent – BBC News
- Fast-food fans queue at McDonald’s drive-thrus for final meal before giant closes | Daily Mail Online
- UK Lockdown: What are the new coronavirus restrictions?
- Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 – UK Parliament
- Coronavirus: Key workers revealed ahead of school shutdown – BBC News
- London lockdown: Are shops closed, is the Tube running and can I leave the house?
- Travel | CDC – Centers for Disease Control
- COVID-19 (coronavirus): general advice for travellers
- Coronavirus: What are your travel rights? – BBC News
- IKEA announces closure of all UK stores in response to coronavirus outbreak
- Mourners discouraged from hugging at funerals amid coronavirus outbreak
- Coronavirus: What’s going to happen to funerals if large gatherings are banned?
- Lorraine and Loose Women to stop live broadcasting as Coronation Street and Emmerdale suspend filming – ITV News
- Coronavirus: Church of England weddings limited to five people – BBC News
- IKEA announces closure of all UK stores in response to coronavirus outbreak
- UK Pubs and restaurants told to shut in virus fight – BBC NEWS
- Coronavirus: Mcdonald’s and Nando’s to close all UK restaurants – BBC News
- Sandwich chain Eat closes permanently after 24 years
- UK Funeral directors may stream burials of coronavirus victims
- WHO Health Alert brings COVID-19 facts to billions via WhatsApp
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Immigration guidance |GOV.UK
- Information on COVID-19 for non-UK nationals – London.gov.uk
16. Our Final Thoughts
We hope this has been of some use, we are just trying to share and hopefully offer some support.
What has been comforting is the unified support we are seeing being given to each other. People sharing advice, inspiring uplifting words, useful information. People and Businesses donating food etc. All these things are encouraging and what will help us come through this on the other side as positive and well as possible, both mentally and physically.
We (my sister and I) feel the best thing we can do as people is continue in our practices of maintaining our hygiene practices, and self care, and taking extra measures wherever necessary to protect our health and wellbeing.