We are all coming down with a case of the jitters caused by fear the coronavirus is spreading but for someone who has recently moved those anxieties can wrap a little tighter than a surgical mask around a Wuhan citizen. And lathering up for 20 seconds doesn’t wash away these worries:
1. You feel especially vulnerable because you don’t have a support network yet. No one has your back if you go flat on your back.
2. Trusted friends and family are far away so you feel helpless.
3. You’re uncertain about traveling, what if there is an emergency that you would have to travel for. Would you get out? Could you get back?
4. You are not familiar with all the places to get the resources you may need, like bleach.
5. Financially you could be depleted because moving costs so darn much.
6. The job you moved for may have been knocked unstable or is even in jeopardy of closing due to the financial strains affected businesses are facing.
7. You might not have your medical community established yet or perhaps your health insurance hasn’t even started yet.
But trying times can be bonding times. Adversity can build community. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with neighbors and new people. “Hey, so how about this coronavirus?” will get a conversation started with anyone right now. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for favors. Be willing to help out where needed and share an extra roll of toilet paper. Disinfect your fears by spreading hope and kindness, it is way more contagious.