Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19

| By Sarah Jester

We’re currently facing down an unprecedented crisis. It can be quite easy to lose sight of one’s goals and aspirations when the whole world seems to be turning upside down as a result of the spread of COVID-19. However, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the LGBT community has overcome significant challenges in the past. We have persevered through the power of community itself. We know how to take care of each other when times get tough, and this time is no different.

We at NGLCC encourage you to regularly check our landing page for Coronavirus relief and other essential updates: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There you will find resources from the Small Business Administration, as well as NGLCC Corporate Partners, to assist small businesses with their recovery.  Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information on economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.

Supporting yourself and others through this crisis may feel difficult at times. Here’s some advice on how to do so meaningfully and healthily.

Take care of yourself

Set a schedule and stick to it.

  • If you’re new to working from home, you may find that it’s become a bit more tricky to separate your work life from your personal life. By mapping out what a typical day should look like, and providing yourself with incentives to stick to that routine, you can ultimately reach a healthy balance.
  • Job uncertainty and layoffs are extremely painful side effects of a global pandemic. If you are not currently working, developing a daily plan of action is a healthy step towards improving your wellbeing. Scheduling time for yourself every day to exercise, researching potential new job leads, or even trying out a new activity you’ve always wanted to can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Plan fun activities that align with social distancing.

  • Social distancing is the practice of limiting public or group interactions to slow the spread of an infectious disease. This rules out movie theaters, bars, concerts, and the like as your weekend plans. This is a best practice that we must follow during the spread of COVID-19, although it can make us feel more isolated. Fortunately, there are many ways to combat those feelings. For city dwellers, virtual museum tours can replace your in-person visits. For foodies, this is the perfect time to try cooking that delicious dish you usually order at your favorite restaurant. For joggers, great news! Take that run outside, but stay at least 6 feet away from other passersby.

Take care of others

Keep in touch with the people in your life.

  • For friends, coworkers, and family members alike, not seeing the people that are closest to you every day can be a massive adjustment. Setting aside time to keep in regular contact with them can help maintain and strengthen those bonds. Sometimes, a “how are you?” or an “I miss you!” is all someone needs to hear to get them through the day.

Support those in need.

  • Emotionally, this is an extremely difficult time for everyone. Financially, it is difficult to understate the severity of the situation in which many have found themselves. If you are able to give to small businesses and workers in need at this time, please click here for a running list of payment information for service industry workers in various areas.

To stay up to date on information on small business relief and other essential updates in this time of need, visit nglcc.org/covid19.

[Note: All SBA relief loans/grants are contingent upon requirements being met that are unique to each business/industry. NGLCC believes in the strength of our LGBT Business Community and the opportunities provided by SBA during these times. NGLCC is providing the resources above for your benefit. To avoid confusion, please address inquiries to the experts at SBA using the links below.]

Click HERE for SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources