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How to support Surrey and Hampshire's frontline staff during the coronavirus outbreak

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How to support Surrey and Hampshire's frontline staff during the coronavirus outbreak

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 11:26am 29th March 2020.

Family, friends and neighbours of NHS workers and others on the front line of the fight against coronavirus are being urged to support them in every way possible. 

Eagle Radio spoke to Royal Surrey nurse and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EMT) coach Aga Kehinde about what we can do to help those under pressure. 

She says it is important to consider physical, emotional and mental wellbeing during this stressful time. 

Aga says that communication is key - those who are working on the front line should make it clear what their partners or friends can to to help them. 

She explained one thing that worked for her family was a scoring system:

"Make sure you that you clarify to them, do they want to talk about what happened at work? or do they not want to talk about it?

"My husband and I have a scale between zero and 10, and zero is I feel really bad , I don't want to talk about this right now and 10 is I'm okay.

"So when I come back home and he asks me what number today and I say six, he can say what can I do to make it a seven or an eight?

"It means you don't have to say exactly what's happening at work."

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Many workers will be putting in longer hours and not have as much time to think about themselves.

Aga says that this where loved ones can come in to make sure all their basic needs are met.

When they come home or when you speak to them on the phone you should make sure: 

  • They have eaten
  • They have had enough water 
  • They are able to get some sleep

Aga told Eagle Radio that many of the workers she coaches are not only stressed about work but stressed about home too: 

"There were things coming up like 'I'm a bad mum because I go back home and I don't have the energy to take care of my children the way I want.'

"Or 'I'm a bad wife' or they're worried about financial difficulties.

"For me the big thing is that I don't have to worry about shopping.

"Now my husband goes when he has a moment to get the groceries and that's normally my role in the house to plan the meals and to do a big shop on Saturday. 

"But I'm not able to do that at the moment, I know that.

"This is not in my headspace - I can't think about it.

"So its not just what we're facing at work but a lot of what we're facing at home."

As many people work from home for the first time Aga says it is to be expected that household roles change for couples. 

She suggests small and simple gestures for your loves ones who are key workers:

  • Run them a bath 
  • Organise the food shopping 
  • Take care of the meals
  • Tidy up around the house 
  • Make sure the house is quiet so they can sleep 
  • Ask them what they need.