At this time, as we prepare to self-isolate, many feel uneasy or uncertain about what they should be doing so as to not contribute to the panic or risk.
It is our Kiwi culture to look out for one another, and it is essential that we do so at this time.
Although we have to be prepared ourselves, it is a time to consider those less fortunate, such as the elderly, those with health conditions, those that are unable to work or that are overworked, such as medical workers, supermarket staff and other essential services.
It is times like these we can unite and express what it means to be a New Zealander.
5 ways you can lend a hand
1) Shop Normally
Shop normally to enable supermarkets to keep shelves stocked and to ensure that supplies are remaining for others.
Supermarkets and other essential services will remain open at all alert levels here in New Zealand, so there is no need to panic buy.
2) Offer to run errands
Offer to run errands for elderly or at-risk persons, such as those with respiratory or other health conditions.
3) Share food
Sharing food is customary for us Kiwis. In this time of social isolation, we can still share food and our community spirit, through preparing food for elderly neighbours, those with health concerns or families that are under immense strain, such as those out of work or workers who may have an increased workload.
There is no evidence of the virus being transmitted through food. So we can still share food with our neighbours!
Ways you could share food, and a sense of community, could be:
- Make a dish and leave it on a neighbour’s doorstep, then message them to collect it. This is especially ideal for meals that will be reheated such a casserole, soups, stews, lasagne, pies, fruit crumble etc.
- Make up a dinner kit of food staples and gift it with a recipe card.
4) Prioritise fruit and vegetables
The most important nutritional consideration at this time is an adequate intake of fruit and vegetables, which provide essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.
Now is not the time to get particular with your diet (unless you have a health condition or allergy) but ensure fruit and vegetable intake is adequate. It doesn’t matter if it is fresh, frozen, canned or dried, include in your diet whatever is easy, accessible and affordable.
Check out my blog, 9 Nutritionist-Recommended Food Staples to Stock Up On, for food staples to help ensure your diet is nutritionally balanced at this time.
5) Prioritise self-care
Stay calm and take time for self-care and connection with others. You could try an online yoga or fitness class, listen to your favourite music, bake a cake, call a friend or relative, pull out some board games or undertake a craft project.
Although we can feel uncertain at these times, there is still much we can do to bring joy and laughter into our lives.