Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a dramatic loss of life and has posed a major threat to public health and food systems, as well as employment. Media, society, and workplaces are focusing increasingly on mental health and wellbeing because of the pandemic.
From the very moment that COVID – 19 turned our lives upside down, we have started to figure out how to cope with change as each phase has changed the way we live, work and mingle.
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, our relationships have been profoundly altered in unexpected ways, causing us to live closer to our families, but feel alienated from our friends. With more than 174 million people affected by this pandemic, I have started to realize the true value and significance of family bonds. We must learn to make the most out of every moment we spend with them. I think we all know that no matter how much time we have, we don’t spend enough quality time with our families.
How many times have we cribbed about waking up early in the morning and commuting to our workplace/school during the pre-Covid times? Having that wish granted doesn’t seem very appealing now. Our freedom has been curtailed due to the pandemic, but it has taught us now the value of what freedom means.
When once upon a time chatting with friends, and scrolling through social media seemed like a normal thing to do, now a feeling of guilt comes along with it. Guilt that we could be doing something more productive. To a certain extent, this guilt is justifiable. Being at home has made us rethink our daily activities and truth be told, plenty of time flies away without us doing anything much. This has made me alter my schedule to see that my productivity is at its maximum.
At times, we get overwhelmed with anxiety or feel powerless during the pandemic. This is where we need to start prioritizing ourselves more. Without the hustle and bustle of our pre-Covid life, we can see that we don’t take care of ourselves as much as we need to. It is important to put in some time for ourselves in our daily routine – be it some exercise, yoga, meditation, self-care routines, and even developing some skill.
Whenever you feel like you are not in control or you get worried, remember that all of us are in this together. With the pandemic outside raging on, there is a lot of room for improvement and change, especially in our lifestyle and mindset. Everything will return to normalcy at some point in the future, but the small changes you make in your life during these trying times will always stay with you.
~ Ameiya Wankhede, 11 A