Coronavirus: Self-care, Home-schooling and more.

© 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:

  1. Introduction/Our Story
  2. Links on Handling Self-Isolation and Coronavirus
  3. Links on Home-Schooling and Coronavirus
  4. Links on COVID-19 Support groups/Networks
  5. Links on Supporting people through Coronavirus
  6. Links on Supermarkets/ Banks offering help to older customers
  7. Links on Coronavirus and Mental Health and Wellbeing
  8. Links on Coronavirus and Anxiety
  9. Links on Support for Teachers
  10. Links on Protecting yourself and your family: Coronavirus
  11. Links on Support for carers/NHS Staff during Coronavirus
  12. Links on Supporting Employees, businesses, self-employed, claimants
  13. Links on Panic Buying and Coronavirus
  14. Links on Supporting homeless people through Coronavirus
  15. Links on Coronavirus Information
  16. 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:

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2. Links on Handling Self-Isolation and Coronavirus

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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 TVHi 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”.

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”.

Online resources:

YouTube Channels:

“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:”

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4. Links on COVID-19 Support groups/ Networks

Covid-19 mutual support groups in across London. Please share:

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5. Links on Supporting people through Coronavirus

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6. Links on Supermarkets/ Banks offering help to older customers

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7. Links on Coronavirus and Mental Health and Wellbeing

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8. Links on Coronavirus and Anxiety:

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9. Links on Support for Teachers

9.1 Support for Teachers during the COVID-19 Outbreak

“During the rapidly evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID19), we are here to support you and your students”.

9.2 2020 COVID-19 Remote Learning | IDOE

“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 resourcesgrades K12.”

9.3 Tools to support Teaching amid Coronavirus closures

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10. Links on Protecting yourself and your family: Coronavirus

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11. Links on Support for carers/ NHS Staff during Coronavirus

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12. Links on Supporting Employees, businesses, self-employed, claimants

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13. Links on Panic Buying and Coronavirus

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14. Links on Supporting homeless people through Coronavirus

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15. Links on Coronavirus Information

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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.

We chose this flower for this topic because not only do we feel it is beautiful, but also for what it stands for. We are also proud as this flower continously regrew in our Dad’s garden after he passed away. May he R.I.E.P

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