She continues: “Whatever you’re going through right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone.”
Even through the logistics of social distancing (1.5m at all times, folks), Michelle stresses this “new normal” is something we’re all navigating together.
“As for me, I know when I’m feeling overwhelmed that picking up the phone and calling one of my girlfriends can work wonders,” she says. “I also know staying close to my community helps me to feel connected and strong. If you’re not sure what that looks like these days, I’ve offered a few suggestions to get you started. But this is by no means an exhaustive list!”
Her parting words of wisdom? “Don’t forget: It’s okay to take a breath.”
“Be gentle with yourself. Log off when you need to, take a break if you can, and let others know when you’d like a little help.”
Without further ado, here are FLOTUS’ top tips for supporting local in this time of need:
- Contact your local school and sign up to volunteer with the food distribution program. Know a teacher or two? Reach out and ask how you can help.
- Call the parents you know who are figuring out this new normal – offer to give their kids a lesson or read a story.
- Offer to pick up groceries for your most at-risk and older neighbours by leaving a note on their door. Search online and get involved with neighbourhood groups that may already be assisting.
- Call your local hospital or fire station and ask if you can order takeout for staff from a local restaurant, or donate to restaurants that are already offering free meals to first responders and families in need.
- if you’re able, buy gift certificates from your favourite local businesses and save them for later, or give them as gifts right now to your grocery store cashier, mail carrier or anyone else providing vital services in your community.
- If you can, go online and make a donation to your local food bank.
- If you’re able, send payments to your hairstylist, barber and nail technician as if you were keeping your appointments.
- Order takeout or delivery on the nights you used to eat out and tip big to your delivery person. Some restaurants are selling off their food stock to help with cash flow – check-in at your neighbourhood spots and buy from them when you can.