As the numbers are again creeping up, cities are faced with further lockdowns and businesses are once again finding ways to keep afloat during this seemingly never ending pandemic.
Stress levels are once again on the rise and some people are finding themselves on edge.
As we start to go back to the first lockdown and the coping mechanisms that some of us resorted too, we must not forget about kindness.
Kindness to those that are on the front lines – facing this battle head on.
Grocery store clerks, restaurants, police, hospital workers, security and nurses.
Kindness to children.
Kindness to our elderly.
Kindness to our less fortunate.
Kindness to ourselves.
As we look to embark on a new journey – filled with new challenges and new opportunities, we cannot proceed without keeping kindness in mind.
Often we are blind to the lives and challenges that others are faced with.
Until we have walked a mile in their shoes, who are we to really judge on what someones life is like.
In industries that work so closely with others, we often neglect the issues that can arise when people are faced with high stress situations and are in close contact with others.
In the nursing and health care field, Nurses and health care workers can often be faced with a large volume of physical and verbal confrontation.
As front line workers, they are often the first to come in contact with people who are faced with their own battles, and those battles to them at that time, could be life and death.
Situations are high stress, and high tension.
This can sometimes bring out the worst in people, and can definitely bring upon some unfortunate violent reactions.
Nurses are often faced with violent physical confrontation and verbal harassment.
In these Covid times, people are faced with more stresses than ever. Visiting a health care facility certainly doesn’t settle any of those warm and fuzzy feelings.
People are either going into these facilities with health concerns, or in a last ditch attempt to try and visit a family member.
With visitors hours all but halted, families are separated at the door and often faced with the prospect of not seeing each other for an extended period of time – if ever again.
Nurses and front line workers are acting as not only professionals, but often a lifeline to families trying to get through to those inside.
Relaying messages, condolences, news, and sometimes acting as technical support for video calls and emails.
Our front lines who are already faced with a dizzying amount of tasks, are taking on more in an effort to keep families together in any way possible.
With this in mind, because things have grown even more complicated while we are faced with a pandemic, aggression and stress levels are constantly rising.
Nurses on average, are often faced with more cases of violence and attacks on them then correctional officers. While the number of people going into hospitals may be slightly lower due to covid-19 – this could potentially lower the physical risk that nurses face. However due to the protocols in place, the level of verbal abuse may definitely be on the rise as tensions flare and frustrations mount.
While much of society waits this out from the comfort of their homes, if we take time to do anything extra each day – lets face it with kindness.
It costs nothing to be patient, offer a helping hand or a few kind words.
We are all struggling and we could all use a bit of extra help most days.
If you have the means – buy someone a coffee, if you don’t – offer a smile and some kind words.
You never know, you may just make someones day.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.