Convincing your loved ones to stay home can be a challenge. Here are some tips on having a conversation about staying home and staying healthy.
Tell them why you are concerned
Ask them to put your mind at ease by adjusting their normal activities. Appeal to their desire to help. Try suggestions like, “I would be very happy if you ordered your groceries to be delivered instead of going to the store.”
Make it personal
Rather than explain the situation in numbers and statistics, talk about how their choices impact others. Put a face to the people who are affected by the coronavirus. Talk to them about the rewards of good choices they can make now. For example, "Staying how the next few weeks means we can still go to the family reunion next year."
Avoid statements like, "I can't believe you went to the store," or "what were you thinking?" Be empathetic and non judgmental by asking open-ended questions. Ask them what they are hearing and listen closely. If you can identify why they don't want to stay home, you can offer alternatives to help them cope.
This could be an opportunity to teach your loved ones how to use online food delivery services and chatting technology. Technology can help your loved ones stay home, have their needs met, and feel better.
Reassure them that they are not alone
In Washington and around the world, we are all in this together. Let them know that social distancing does not have to mean social isolation. Encourage them to go outside - as long as they stay 6 feet away from others. Help your loved ones write letters, email friends and family, and try video chatting.
Reassure them that you are there for them.
Stay Home. Stay Healthy
Visit the Stay Home, Stay Healthy page for additional information to support your loved one.
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