The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the day to day norms. The lockdowns, containment measures, travel restrictions, and job losses have made our lives hard. Considering the virus is still here, it’s up to us to make sound decisions that will help us cope with the changing times.
In this article, find several essential lifestyle tips that will help us manage the challenges that come with this new world order.
The first important task is to acknowledge all the government’s efforts in combating the virus. It is our responsibility to follow all the health protocols, including washing hands frequently, social distancing, and wearing a mask in public. These protocols are quite hard to adhere to, but they are instrumental in putting a stop to more infections and deaths.
There’s no benefit in flouting the Covid-19 regulations. While the masks can be suffocating at times and the containment measures and lockdowns are causing mental distress, they are worthy undertakings in the long run. Already, these health protocols have worked in other countries. The earlier we adopt these new changes in our daily lives, the sooner we will get out of the woods.
Among the Covid-19 health protocols is social distancing. Health officials affirm that if we stay at home and reduce physical interactions, we can drastically reduce the number of infections. Well, this is absolutely true, but then, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t catch up with friends and family. Catching up frequently cuts the boredom and reduces stress, anxiety, and panic.
Thanks to technology, we can now catch up with friends and family via platforms such as Zoom and Skype. These platforms are very interactive and allow us to socialize remotely without risking infecting those we love or getting infected by the virus.
There’s no doubt that the pandemic has taken a toll on our economy. The massive closure of businesses and job losses have made life unbearable for many. To be on the safe side and to avoid unnecessary financial strains, we need to make adjustments that will cushion us from the effects of a dwindling economy. This is regardless of whether our income is still steady or not.
The first thing is to avoid unnecessary expenses; there has to be a clear distinction between needs and wants. This is not the time to buy clothes or any other stuff that we don’t really need. It is time to spend the little we have wisely as we don’t know when normality will return. We need to remember that even though we now have a vaccine, it will take time before the economy gets back to where it was before the pandemic.
Another essential tip is regarding mental health. According to statistics, mental health disorders are becoming more prevalent during the pandemic. Loneliness, anxiety, panic, distress, drug abuse, and the uncertainty of the future are all contributing to the spike in mental health illnesses. That said, we need to know that in as much as we are worried about what we are facing, our mental well-being remains a priority.
To ensure we remain mentally healthy, we need to maintain a connection with friends and family. Another important thing is to make sure that we don’t stress so much about the pandemic or its effects. Lastly, let’s avoid fake news at all costs. Exercising can also help us relieve the stress, even indoor exercises only. Lastly, we have seen lots of fake news that is only meant to instill fear in us and propagate lies about the virus. It’s imperative that we trust information from credible sources only.
Indeed, we are living in very challenging times, but luckily, there is some light at the end of the tunnel; the Covid-19 vaccine. But as mentioned earlier, we are not yet out of the woods. What’s most important at the moment is staying put and, of course, afloat, economically, socially, and mentally. By applying the above tips, I’m sure we will win the war in the end. Remember, it is our responsibility, all of us, to kick this virus from our planet.