COVID-19 has given all of us an unexpected break from our daily life routines. I think many will agree that earlier, even Sundays didn’t feel like a Sunday as we were busy doing something or the other. But now, we have a whole lot of time; we can just relax and build new relationships and  fill the gap left behind by face to face meetings with your dear ones.

The coronavirus pandemic is distressing. However, always looking at the fatality rate and bad news could have an ill-effect on one’s mental health. Thus we should look to the positive aspects as well, no matter how trivial they may seem. Have you recently seen weather reports, for instance? There is a column that shows the air quality of various cities in the country, which used to be a pressing issue just months ago. Nowadays most Indian cities, even the ones notorious for their high levels of air pollution, are enjoying good air quality.

I don’t know about others but this lockdown is something that I needed, the uncertainty regarding what’s going to happen next has in fact calmed me down because I know that I cannot do anything about the situation. And whenever I do feel anxious or stressed out, I remind myself of the things that I should be grateful for instead.

Filled some gaps

This is a time when no one can make an excuse to leave a conversation unfinished, I cleared some misunderstandings and forged a new relationship that has healthy roots.  I think this wouldn’t have been possible in our normal lives because of our hectic routine. There is so much to do on everyone’s plate that leaving a conversation in the middle because you have something urgent to do, is a legitimate excuse.  There are times when you can’t even force someone to stay and talk no matter how badly you want to clear misunderstandings.

This is a time when no one can make an excuse to leave a conversation unfinished, I cleared some misunderstandings and forged a new relationship that has healthy roots.

 Improvised myself

During this unprecedented break, I had nothing to do apart from my online classes so I decided to work on myself and got a clear picture in my mind of what I want to do after my graduation. Keeping that goal in mind, I have begun working on myself and my weaknesses.

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Experiencing and trying new things

Isn’t this the best time to try out new things? Things that you couldn’t do earlier, because you had no time, or were afraid that you’ll fail in them, thus wasting your time. Well now you have plenty of time and there is no one around to judge you. I have utilised this time to try and experiment with new things, to see if they work or not, and if not then I’ll have time to improvise it as well.

Family time

Staying indoors means that a lot of us are spending more time with our families. There are no offices, no college, no hanging our with friends. Humans are social animals, and while you may have your reservations regarding interacting with your family, this is a great time to bond with them, even if it is over chai, or meals. I am really grateful that I get to spend time with my family in such a stressful situation, as it makes me feel so secure.

Staying indoors means that a lot of us are spending more time with our families. There are no offices, no college, no hanging our with friends.

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The sincerity of police officials

So many pictures of dedicated policemen and women, who are risking their health by staying out, so that we can safely stay indoors, are doing round on social media. It is not easy to impose lockdowns and stand in the sun to ensure that such a stringent measure is in effect as much as possible.

I came across a photo of a policeman sitting outside his house for his meal because he didn’t want to risk his family’s wellbeing. That is the level of dedication and sacrifice our police personnel are putting in. Something that each one of us should be grateful for.

Avleen Kaur Narang is an intern with SheThePeople.TV. The views expressed are the author’s own.

 

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