It seems like everywhere you turn, coronavirus is the only topic the media wants to push onto us. In a way, it’s good for our society. It shows us that a pandemic is serious and that we need to be much more careful as a collective. If you are able, stay home. If not, wash your hands regularly, carry hand sanitizer with you and keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others. This is a team effort, and our goal is to try to make sure as many of us pull through as possible.
By now you’ve gotten a lot of these messages and PSAs from nearly every brand so we decided not to post more of the same. Instead we want to discuss mental health during this trying time. If you’re feeling anxious or uneasy as coronavirus spreads around us, you’re not alone. We have included some tips to cope with this anxiety at the end of this post.
Now — For Our Customers
Coronavirus may slow your optical business down quite a bit, and that is okay. We know you have yourself and employees to worry about, but consider this — the less people coming to your optical practice, the less people putting themselves at risk of catching the virus or spreading it to you or your employees.
In this trying time, we choose to take a positive outlook on the situation. Our team at Frame Displays came up with ways to make use of our downtime in the office. We decided to put projects that have been put off for months or years back into motion. Now is your chance to update and upgrade your business or get to work on your to-do list that never seems to get smaller. If you would like to learn more about how your optical business can make use of the downtime all of us will inevitably face, we’ve written a blog on the topic here.
We want to remind you that Frame Displays operates via web and phone, which means you never have to worry about any in-person contact when dealing with us. Also, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), goods manufactured in other countries cannot transmit coronavirus. While the virus can survive on surfaces for a few hours to a few days, it cannot withstand several days of travel, multiple climates and the conditions packages go through.
Now that we’ve gotten through that, here are some tips for calming anxiety built around coronavirus:
- Pick specific times to consume coronavirus news. We recommend once in the morning and once at night. This way you whole day does not revolve around the virus, but you still get highlights. Also, make sure your sources are legitimate. There is plenty of false information circulating about the virus. You can set certain keywords to automatically filter out on most social media now-a-days — we recommend using this tool as well.
- Keep yourself busy. It can be hard when we’re asked to stay home. Our suggestions include reading books, exercising, taking a stroll outdoors (if you are not in a city and the conditions are safe), gardening, taking online courses via Coursera, deep cleaning your living space, etc.
- Set 2 hours aside each day to contact family and friends via video chat, texting, e-mail and other mediums. This will help keep you social and grounded.