With New COVID-19 Restrictions Possible, Positivity Is More Important Than Ever
There is no question that 2020 has been a year like none of us have ever experienced. We are now nearly eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and the recent general election was perhaps the most divisive that we have ever seen in our lifetime. Back in March, the state of Illinois and the City of Chicago—along with much of the country—instituted stay-at-home orders and lockdowns of various businesses designed to slow the spread of the contagious disease. In early summer, as the count of infected individuals started to level out, many of the lockdowns were lifted in phases.
In recent weeks, the number of active COVID-19 cases has spiked across the country, leading officials in many communities, including here in Illinois, to consider reinstituting lockdowns and stay-at-home orders. With some restrictions already in place and more possible, business owners across the state are fearful about their ability to withstand another lockdown. Many business owners were forced to close their doors for good in the wake of the first round of lockdowns, and more could soon follow. With this in mind, it is important for everyone to maintain a positive attitude and to treat one another with respect as we all try to get through this trying time.
Be Wary of Social Media
The City of Chicago has already issued a stay-at-home advisory that went into effect earlier this week. While an advisory is not an order, Chicago residents are encouraged to only leave their homes for work, school, or other essential activities. Holiday get-togethers are even being discouraged. However, many people have been following similar patterns for months, meaning that the bulk of their interactions with other people takes place on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
In the weeks leading to this month’s election, the overall tone on most social media networks was one of tension. Some discussions, as you might expect, quickly became openly hostile and aggressive, while countless others were ostensibly polite, but one could feel the anger behind what was being posted.
If there is one relatively simple thing you can to promote positivity among your social circle, it can be found in how you use social media. Instead of criticizing your Facebook friends for their political views, for example, reach out to them and offer to help in any way that you can. Post pictures and messages that are intended to bring joy, not divisiveness. Be the friend that you want others to be for you, and see how many of your connections follow your lead.
Friendliness While Social Distancing
Despite the current challenges, it is important to remember that a kind word or gesture goes a long way. A friendly exchange with a stranger while pumping gas, for example, could brighten the day for both of you. Similarly, rather than focusing on the dining restrictions that might be in place, consider ordering take-out from a local place that you have never tried before—if you can afford it—and then letting the restaurant know how much you enjoyed your meal.
In our current situation, we only have control over select few things. Use the control that you do have to promote positivity in your home and in your life in general. We are strong, and we will get through these challenging times. All of us have the power to make our lives just a little better by staying positive.
Reach Out for Help If You Need It
At the Gierach Law Firm, we recognize that many throughout our region are struggling right now—both personally and professionally. We are committed to helping our clients the best we can and in any way that we can. If you have business concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic or any other business-related questions, contact one of our experienced Naperville business law attorneys today. Call 630-756-1160 for a confidential consultation today.