Coronavirus (COVID 19 )
The year 2020 is a nightmare!! it’s still early May, and we are already living through a crisis of unparalleled proportions. Countries all over the world have announced their citizens to maintain self-quarantine. It’s been a few days, and we are already getting accustomed to a new reality, and for some countries, the lockdown can last for two to three months. Now at the phase 3 of the lockdown India is witnessing multiple number of infections across the states.
It’s the perfect time to make a game plan of how to make the best out of the lockdown. If you are fatigued, bored and unsure about what you should be doing or how to spend your time and keep your prudence alive, you should read this.
First and most importantly, Remember God and pray for the humanity. The Almighty can lead us to safe shore and put an end to the deadly virus.
Typically, emotions are elevated during a crisis due to high levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol. As humans, we are expected to become more apprehensive and anxious as the lockdown continues. Practicing meditation can be a great way to alleviate stress under these conditions. As recommended by the UN, mindfulness meditation is one of the best methods to mitigate depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and restlessness. There are a number of very good apps like Headspace, Sleep Cycle and Calm that can help you with meditation and sleep.
Be prudent in saving and spending
Money matters for all. The US just reported the highest number of unemployment as many businesses have let go of its employees after CoVid19. IMF Chief Kristalina Georgieva has already confirmed that we are in a recession. India is moving through financial crisis and joblessness. Lakhs of Indian citizens have already become jobless and penniless during the lockdown. So it’s time to get our act straight about saving money.
We have already seen several instances across the world where people have been panic-buying toilet paper, hand sanitizers and other necessities that would take more than a year or two to be used fully. Given the oncoming recession, it is important not spend money on products that we do not require immediately.
Consider changing your lifestyle and habits that can save money. For instance, you may replace using premium products for the products used by the common man that give you the same quality at several times lower cost. Also, this is a great time to try to quit smoking if you are a smoker, quit alcoholism if you are addicted to it. Letting go of an expensive addiction is a great way to save money.
Learn professional skills
Being quarantined at home gives you a great opportunity to learn new skills that can be of use in either personal development or at work. Organizations like Coursera have been offering several free certification courses to people during the lockdown period. Various universities and platforms like Tally, Red Hat Academy, edX, too have been offering free online learning platform for people during the lockdown.
If you are looking for professional training that needs classroom training, look for alternatives that can keep you busy during this period.
Last but not least, there’s nothing more enjoyable than reading or listening to some books that you have always wanted to. You can check out services like Scribd and Audible for audiobooks. In fact, Audible is contributing a big collection of streaming audiobooks for free. If books are not your thing,
With the economy stuttering and with the fears of CoVid19 continuing unabated, these are definitely stressful months regardless of where you come from. The advice provided in this article should help you get through this period as a better version of yourself.
Time to help the needy
Lock down is not the same for everyone, there are people who are in need of food, maybe you know someone around your place of such kind, try providing them one-time meal (with proper sanitation), you’re going to get a different kind of happiness and reward from God for the gesture of charity. Find out people especially your relatives and friends isolated from their families. Stay connected with them so that you can be with them.
A majority of outstation students who are part of the Christ family consider it as family time. Group messages and short videos of them all of us were really busy until the quarantine and did not actually have time for our family. Now it’s the best time to give some time to your family, sit together and bond with each other, maybe by watching one favourite movie of each person every day and by playing indoor games and having your meal together.
There are few others who consider it as an opportunity to complete their homework, learn a few tips for workout, and there are a vast majority who attempt cooking and the unlimited sharing of food ideas and group discussions on how delicious the food they prepared are the conversation in groups chats that create a positive vibe. It's amazing to see them engaging in online challenges dressed best in traditional attire and sharing of childhood photos.
Be optimistic and trust God. Stay home & stay safe.