The unprecedented year 2020 will forever remain etched in the memories of everyone who witnessed it. The Corona pandemic, whose first case was observed in Nov 2019 in one part of the globe, spread around in all directions by early 2020. While the pandemic affected people’s health, it has been strong enough to bring about changes in each one’s life in one way or the other. 

Be it livelihood means or way of dealing with it, student life or the life of even a homemaker, no single person stayed unaffected. With the marking of 2021, however, there has been new hope, with researchers and doctors doing their best to get the vaccination to reach each corner of the world. People have also learnt and adapted to the new norms of living. Nevertheless, the psychological impact the pandemic has left on scores of people should not be ignored or underestimated. The threat of disease has forced many people to stay alone with the least human interaction. The most vulnerable section has been older adults staying alone. Not to forget the increased number of family disputes. 

The new actualities of working from home, partial unemployment, home-schooling of children, and minimal physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues make it equally important for each to take care of mental and physical health. The article below talks about ways of keeping yourself positive in this tiring time when the world is once again seeing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

First thing first – Remember that like everything else, this too shall pass. It may be a difficult phase, but it will not be like this way forever.

Recognize and focus on the positives in your life – It may not be working perfectly right now, but your strength has enabled you to do certain things well. Reflect on all such positives that have happened to you in the near past. It is no less than an achievement to have come out of your emotional struggles and challenges with your approach. It’s a blessing to be physically fit despite all odds. To build on that and motivate yourself to perform better.

Limit your news intake: While it is essential to keep yourself aware, do not fall prey to the rumors and the never-ending news shown by the channels that intend to increase their TRP. It could be sometime disturbing, viewing too much information related to death or distressing scenes. Also, watching the news just after you wake up or before you go to sleep is not a healthy habit. It sets in the day on an upsetting note and impacts your night sleep. Try maintaining a healthy balance between staying updated and getting upset.

Laughter is the best medicine – If you are staying with your family, realize that it is a blessing which many people are devoid of, especially during such emotional times. So, try to spend more time with your family. Crack jokes with them, and laugh as much as you can. It is also possible that with so much time at home, one may get into a debate, but it is essential to have a healthy discussion and make the most of this time. Those staying far off, try being in touch with your family members over video calls. However, considering your health, you need to restrict the use of phone and other gadgets.

Make a target list and work on it – With enough time on hand; you have the opportunity to do what you have been delaying and what you love to do. 

Lend a helping hand – The people around you may be in a worse situation. Everyone is in the look of a need. The help could be physical or in the form of sharing emotions. If you find yourself equipped with the requirement, do not think twice to extend a helping hand to those in need. 

Reflect Back – Wind up your day, daily, with a positive acknowledgement of something you did, learned or are grateful for. It will help reduce some of the negativity and remind you that it is not that bad.

Lastly, if you have not yet taken a health insurance​policy, you should do it without delay to evade the financial pressure.