This one is not just another text about the pandemic, its consequences, and new discoveries, this is a post about all of us during these harsh, exhausting times.
Let's just go back a bit: the first case in US - 21st of January, it all seemed like a bad joke back then. But then it all just got out of control. We have never imagined that in the XXI century an unknown virus would just break down the whole planet and stop the world from its normal routine.
By the end of February, we were already in a restriction to travel to several countries as Italy, China and others, but we all hoped it won’t last until summer cause we had our vacations booked already and the sea and the ocean was already waiting for us. Unfortunately, from the, ironically, 13th of March all the real hell started - State of Emergency declared and since then we didn’t live our lives as before. We have all been locked down just like some birds willing to fly are locked in a cage.
Many of us didn’t see their relatives for a long time, some don’t even remember what it’s like to go to the cinema or theatre, or how it feels like to jump up at their favorite concert. But this is it: by now we have 5.21 Millions of positive cases in the US and more than 166 thousand of deaths - we all understand how huge of a phenomenon it is. But besides this, we have another sad statistic: almost 15% unemployment rate in May due to 20.5 million jobs lost in April because of the pandemic.
We had a hell of a 6 month period in the US and worldwide and now summer is ending (without going to our so loved vacation and getting some baths in the water and tan on our tired skins) and September is waiting for us with a more complicated period. Even I am almost crying out when I think that this nightmare didn’t even stop for a while and it seems that we will face new challenges. But I found my balance and I am ready for a new difficult period.
Do you think at night what will happen in the new study year? Will the schools and kindergartens open or will you have to stay with your kids again or spend a lot of money on nannies? Do you ask yourself every day how long will you stay at your current work with this economic crisis and what will you do if you will have to be cut off from your job? Do you have a business and can’t sleep at night because you don’t know what tomorrow brings and will you be able to pay your employees or will your business bankrupt? Or are you unemployed and don’t know how long this will last and hope to get back to your job again and be able to have your normal life? It all tears us apart, but we have to be strong and find the answer within us, as I managed to do it.
Do you have family or relationship problems? Do you quarrel every day with your partner because you are sick and tired of spending half a year day by day with each other in this neverending quarantine? Are you tired of your kids begging for your attention the whole day, while you have to work from home and can’t concentrate? Do you always feel stressed, unstable, angry about everything, and everyone, but you don’t want to lose your family because of these uncontrollable nerves? Do you miss drinking a beer with your friends and you feel like you totally lost communication with the outside world?
And finally, do you feel depressed, unsatisfied with yourself? Do you feel like you gained weight during the quarantine, you don’t like to look at yourself in the mirror? Do you feel always tired, nervous, and psychically disturbed? Do you feel down and it feels like there is no way out from this vicious circle of problems, deepened by the pandemic?
If you answered yes to at least one of all these questions - then you need to change something in your life before it’s too late. You can’t go on living like this, as if this sad fate belongs to you and you can’t change anything about it. You have to take fate in your own hands and fight the pandemic monster by regaining your inner peace and self-sufficiency.
Do you want to:
If you are determined enough to change your life - let me help you. I know exactly how you feel about all these things overwhelming you and I’ve been through this, now I know the answer to all the above questions and I want to share them with you and help you live the best of your life.
Here are some little tips you can start with, to improve your life in quarantine:
First of all, we shall understand that physical distancing doesn’t equal social isolation. Identify your friends and relatives that you can trust are responsible and with whom you can regularly catch up, even keeping the physical distance. Why not stay for a picnic in a park at 1,5 metres distance and have a nice talk and a cold drink with your best friends? Or organize some trivia nights online with all of your mates?
Our body’s mood is determined as well by the food we eat, even if we are feeling down and want to eat some junk, fast food, we shall remember that our body deserves our care and attention and we don’t have to harm it because of our psychological state. And don’t forget to exercise, there are lots of things you can do at home, especially yoga will help you find the balance between your body and your mind.
How would a routine help me overcome sadness you would ask? Easily, the routine is what we lack the most in this quarantine. Before the lockdown we had a certain routine of working hours, after-work activities, catching up with friends, sports, hobbies - now we ceased them all and don’t have enough activities. Try to establish a daily routine of working hours, a schedule of reading hours, exercising, walks, movie times or any other stuff you need, but try to have a schedule that will organize and fill your day with things to do.
I know, being informed is being protected, but you can always have a small break from all the news that saddens you and brings you down. You can have as a rule to not watch the news on weekends, or you can have a one-week detox from the news. This will help concentrate on personal things and forget about all the different problems that the whole world concentrates on.
Last, but not least is talking about how you feel with your friends or dear ones. As long as you keep inside of you all the problems and issues you are facing will not change anything. Don’t be shy, talk to your friends about your thoughts or emotions, share with them your problems, and let them help or guide you. And of course, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a specialist, a psychologist or a personal coach, that would analyze and help you overcome your insecurities.
Start the change today, don’t let the pandemic change your plans and bring you down!