Maintaining Healthy Relationships
in the Time of COVID-19
By: Juliard Dio Mejia
Since the Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ took effect, many people practiced physical distancing. Employees became anxious about their own health and were mostly discouraged to report for work. Many of us feared for the health of our families especially those who continue to render service. Even friends and couples found it hard to physically interact with one another.
In this maiden article of “ESHstories”, we’ll get to know how some of our employees are able to sustain healthy relationships with their families, friends, and loved ones in the time of COVID-19:
“Since our supposed trip this coming April 30 was cancelled due to COVID-19, we frequently catch-up with one another through FB messenger and by sending funny videos and inspirational reading materials.”
– Elvin Cruz
“Since pareho kaming nagduduty as tellers ngayong ECQ, our normal family bonding with our 3 kids after work has changed a lot. Paguwi namin galing sa trabaho, lagi na nila kaming sinasalubong ng halik at yakap. Ngayon, kailangan na naming maglinis ng katawan sa garahe at maghintay muna ng ilang oras sa labas bago pumasok. To the point na sumisilip na sila sa bintana at tinatanong kami kung hindi pa ba kami papasok. Also, inside our home, we always keep them at a distance, wala munang halik at yakap. We really miss our playtime with the kids.”
-Jacen and Ronalyn Navales, Toll Tellers
“One good thing this ECQ has brought us is that we got to watch a Spanish heist crime drama series on Netflix and talk about its craze with each other. It is unusual to experience this kind of situation where we must care for ourselves and others more. It’s been a month since the last time we met, this is new to us and it makes us sad. We are the type of couple who often see each other. To get by, we keep in touch by a simple good morning texts that make our day. We also check on our families. At night, we do video calls where we get to see each other virtually and it makes dealing with this situation easier. We watch the same TV series and movies to have something to talk to, and sharing thoughts about these through Facebook Messenger is an insightful look on the significance of communication in a relationship. But no matter how many TV series we chat about, no number of emojis can replace the real emotions we have when we’re together.”
– Lara Betina Santos and Joseph Infante
The fear of the disease brought change to the relationships of many people and brought us to an era where being safe is the topmost priority. Being safe is now the new normal!