Red Cross Sint Maarten

Coping with COVID-19

Red Cross Sint Maarten is here to bring you some tips and ideas on how to keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home.

  1. Stay informed
  2. Watch your health
  3. Cope by activities
  4. Create a daily routine
  5. Caring for children during a crisis

3. Cope by activities

Plan practical things!

Work out how you can get any household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbours, family, friends or find a delivery service. To get more information of the essential services, please visit the government website. Continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health problems where possible. Let services know you are staying at home and discuss how to continue receiving support. If you need regular medicine, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone, or online via a website or app. Contact your GP and ask if they offer this. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered or ask someone else to collect it for you. If you support or care for others, either in your home or by visiting them regularly, think about who can help while you are staying at home. Think about perhaps creating a contingency plan if you care for others.

Facebook Live: Activities to cope with COVID-19

In today's session, Ernika van Putten will talk to you about planning your practical essentials, adjusting your hobbies, planning fun activities, creating your contingency plan.

Posted by Red Cross Sint Maarten on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Adjusting your hobbies

If you are feeling worried, anxious, lonely or low, we may stop doing things we usually enjoy. Try to focus on your favourite hobby if it is something you can still do at home. 

If not, picking something new to learn at home might help – there are lots of ideas online. Whatever it is, find something that works for you.

Planning fun activities

There are ways of making the best out of any situation, this one included. We have a unique opportunity here: We can make the best of this COVID-19 crisis by taking this time to do fun and relaxing things you never had time in the past to do as well as spend this time doing fun activities with your family and loved ones. There are many fun activities that you can do at home with your family and kids. Read an e-book or magazine, how about writing a book or creating your own blog.  Play games together such as crosswords, complete sudoku puzzles, finish jigsaws, or try drawing and painting, do fun or proactive activities you’re your kids and spouse. These games can found on our website, enjoy! If you run out of ideas for fun activities for yourself or your family, you can look up creative fun activity ideas or plans online.

Creating your contingency plan

The COVID-19 pandemic could last for some time. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposure to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. As a result, creating a household contingency plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak within your household. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs & daily routine of your household members. Create an household contingency plan of action by talking with the people who need to be included in your plan, plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications within your household, identifying aid organizations that you may utilize, create an emergency contact list, prepare an quarantine area in your home in case someone in your family may get ill and needs to be apart from the rest of the family.