There is little doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic is going to change life as we know it. As we spend our days and nights locked inside our homes away from all the familiar comforts and our loved ones, there is plenty of time to ponder the ‘new norm’ and stress about the unknown future. Here is some helpful advice for getting through this trying time with your sanity intact.
Be kind to yourself
It is so important to remember to be kind to yourself right now.
It’s ok if you’re not feeling productive. It’s ok if you finished a whole bag of crisps in one sitting. It’s ok if you haven’t changed out of your pyjamas in weeks. The need for social distancing and the strict lockdown that we have all experienced is anything but ‘normal’.
Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to experience whatever emotions happen to crop up. Allow those small indulgences and comforts (within reason, of course), and try your best to relax.
Positivity is key
It might seem like a massive challenge, what with the economy having taken a sizeable knock and your studies having been put on hold, but positivity is imperative at this time. Try to think about all of the things in your life that you are grateful for – your loved ones, the roof over your head, food in your tummy, that little bit of extra cash that you have sitting in the bank.
Despite the hardships, there is always something to be thankful for.
Confront your fears head-on
Going into denial and pretending that life isn’t going to change is only going to result in a huge shock to the system further down the line when it’s not possible to deny the new ‘norm’ any longer.
If you are worried about holding onto your part-time job, start looking into smart alternatives that will help you to make extra money. If you are worried about not being able to see your elderly relatives any time soon, voice your fears on your next video chat with your family. Sometimes, simply verbalising a worry out loud can help you to cope with it a bit better.
Accepting the new norm
Chin up, students of South Africa. While life is sure to be quite different for the foreseeable future, this too shall pass. You’re doing great!