It seems like everywhere you turn, coronavirus is the only thing the media is pushing onto us. In a way, it’s good for our country. It shows us that a pandemic is serious and that we need to be much more careful as a collective. On the other hand, it’s frightening that crisis scenarios can make people act in irrational ways. Unsure what we’re talking about? Try buying some toilet paper right now. In order to limit spreading the novel coronavirus so our medical systems do not get overwhelmed, we emphatically support staying home if you are able. If not, please wash your hands regularly, carry hand sanitizer with you and keep at least 6 feet away from others. Battling coronavirus is a community 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 business so we decided not to bombard you with more of the same message. 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 Clients
Accidents happen, and we will always do whatever it takes to be here for you when you need us. We also care very much about our community and want everyone to be safe, which is why we are making smart changes as a result of the increased threat that COVID-19 poses. These temporary changes will keep those seeking our legal services and our employees safer in this pandemic.
We are still taking on new clients and offering free consultations; however, out of an abundance of caution, we are communicating via digital tools and phone for the coming few weeks. During this time we encourage video calls, phone calls, faxing documents and e-mailing us instead of visiting our office. The less people visiting the Parrish Law Firm, the less people putting themselves at risk of catching the virus or spreading it to our hard-working employees. Our firm has also signed up for e-filing with Prince William county so we can avoid visiting the courthouse entirely when filing paperwork and documents.
We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to practice social distancing. That said, your case remains our #1 priority. We believe these are suitable health-conscious solutions so that our practice may continue to help you, our community, fight for rightfully-deserved damages and compensation effectively.
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 your 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.