Posted by Devenia Besant on 15 Mar 2020

The world seems like a crazy place right now, set with panic and fear of the unknown.

I’ve got to be honest I’m worried.  I’ve been worried about the elderly and vulnerable since the news of the coronavirus broke but until now I hadn’t really been worrying about myself or my own family (even though myself and my husband are asthma sufferers and my dad has just had an operation so not ideal as it’s not for anyone to be catching the virus), my main thoughts have been to keep everything clean like we always do and reminding the kids to wash their hands.  But now with big engagements being cancelled, large corporate companies asking their staff to work from home, the threat of schools being closed, empty shelves in supermarkets – you can feel the keep calm and carry on mentality starting to fade.

I’m not writing this to create more panic or fear it’s just my thoughts right now! I’m generally someone that tries to avoid the news (as it’s mainly doom and gloom).  Like most people I try to keep upbeat and I try to find humour in most situations, but this is real and happening and we must take notice, follow guidelines / keep informed and also do what we can to help others, it’s been really lovely watching the local community offering help and doing what they can.  I should add this is definitely a time to ask for help if you need it.

Here are some useful guideline links (recently shared in the Epsom and Ewell Families Facebook group by a local doctor):

NHS guidelines on how to avoid catching / spreading the virus:

Stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

For those that are struggling mentally because of the virus:

You will also find a simple guide by on how to explain to little ones that might be feeling a little worried here.

Anyway moving on to why I originally first started writing this blog – there’s been talk of government lockdown (hopefully this won’t happen) and there are many already in self isolation which has made me think of the things (other than work) we can do at home should lockdown come into play, things that won’t get cancelled…some of the simple things like:

🎥 Watch a movie 

🧩 Puzzles 

🔸Board games

🎨 Arts and Crafts 

🧁 Baking (everyone loves cake right?)

📸 Have a look through old photo albums (time out to reminisce)

♠️ Card games (when was the last time you played one?)

📚 Reading (escape reality for a bit)

📞 Phone a friend / family member (pick up the phone to the person you’ve been meaning to call for ages!!!)

🌱 Gardening (get that weeding and planting done)

👖Wardrobe clear out (get rid of those items you haven’t worn for years, get them ready to donate to worthy causes, I did this yesterday and found it quite therapeutic)

🔸Cupboard clear out (may not seem exciting but how lovely would it be to have organised cupboards if you haven’t already)

🔵 DO NOTHING – rest and relax (think we’ve forgotten how to…)

And if nothing, if “lockdown” doesn’t happen which I truly hope it doesn’t then this is a little reminder of some of the things we can do to slow down a bit in this fast paced world.

Take care of you (and your elderly and vulnerable neighbours)!

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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