To our utter disappointment, the Coronavirus lockdown has been extended. It seems that we are going through a dark never-ending tunnel. No light, no hope – a painful journey towards uncertainty. Everyone is clueless about the end of the suffering. In this situation, most of us are getting frustrated day by day. Everyone is yearning for normal daily life to come back as soon as possible. But we are helpless. So far, we have taken care of our mental health by engaging ourselves in various activities. But the struggle is not over yet. We have to fight this crisis with strength and courage until the end. We have to fight depression and anxiety with positivity. For that, we have to deviate our minds from the difficulties of our quarantine life. Instead, we should concentrate on the positive sides for which we should be thankful to the Almighty.
Come, let’s prepare a gratitude list for the facilities we are enjoying even during this pandemic. Let’s salute those people for whom we are spending our days safely at hour home.
WE ARE AT HOME:
We should be thankful that we are at our own home with our loved ones. We are safe and comfortable in our own space. So many people are stranded in other states or other countries. They can’t return to their families. We can’t even imagine the anxiety and uncertainty which they are going through. After being jobless, many labourers have been forced to stay in government quarantine centres in their way back home.
WE HAVE ENOUGH RESOURCES:
We should be grateful that we are still having sumptuous meals at our homes. Departmental stores are providing home delivery services for our necessary items. Vegetables, fruits, groceries – everything is available within a phone call’s away. We have not yet experienced what “hunger” actually is! But in many of our villages, so many families are now dependent on government relief only. In some rural areas, the relief has not reached yet. In slums, in footpaths, poor people have nothing to eat.
OUR SUPPORT SYSTEM:
We have doctors, nurses, health workers, police personnel, essential service providers, sanitization workers serving us tirelessly to keep us protected from the virus. We should be grateful to all these heroes for being there to enhance our mental strength.
WE ARE CONNECTED:
Be grateful that amid all the hardship, we are privileged to stay connected with our parents, all the family members and friends. We can speak or make a video call instantly to anyone we wish to and get mental support. We can inspire each other to fight depression with positivity during this lockdown. Through social media we are connected to the whole world. Many of us have been able to continue our work from home.
This lockdown has helped us to rediscover ourselves by indulging once again in our passions which we were about to forget owing to our busy schedule. Singing, dancing, painting, gardening, playing musical instruments – we have enough time to engage in anything. Even the extremely busy professionals are enjoying a resurgence in family life by spending quality time with their families.
Most importantly, I think, we have learned some good life lessons from this lockdown. We have learned to be resilient to change, we have learned to be empathetic to our fellow people. We have learned to give value to little things that we always took for granted. Life has given us so many things. Instead of being grateful for the things we have, we always aspire for more.
So, from now on, let’s nurture this positive attitude towards life. Many people are struggling to satisfy their hunger – we have to fight against depression and anxiety only. Don’t let them loom over our positivity. Be patient. Get ready to welcome a new world soon with a new version of ourselves.