In the short time span of a couple months, life as we know it has changed drastically. The pandemic has had a domino effect, impacting our lifestyles, work, school, friendships, relationships and most importantly, our mental health.
All of us have been either directly or indirectly affected by this pandemic, and we are forced to find ways to cope and adjust. Despite the fact that this pandemic lifestyle is becoming normalized, it still stirs up a feeling of uneasiness, as we have no knowledge of what the future holds for us. Some of us are fearful and have come to the realization that the future of both our country and the world, as we know it, is uncertain. Full recovery seems like it may not be in the near future, and nothing is promised during these trying times.
Over the past couple decades, mother nature has constantly reminded us that humanity is destroying our planet; this pandemic is a result. The recent breakout of the COVID-19 has brought terror and anxiety upon this nation. Amidst this dreadful time, coming together in solidarity, practicing the proper safety procedures, and having faith in God is what will get us through this global pandemic.
Staying at home not only benefits your community, but also your family’s life, keeping everyone out of danger.
It is important to connect with your family and use them as a support and comfort system during this pandemic. While at home, you can still engage in physical activities, whether indoors or outdoors; staying in shape is essential.
Many people can do this as a form of stress relief, or just simply be active. Yoga is also commonly used as a form of stress relief. Even in this time of crisis, your physical wellbeing is of the utmost importance.
According to Healthline, “It takes 18 to 254 days to pick up a habit”. While spending so much valuable time at home, you can be productive, and develop a healthy lifestyle that will inevitably result in a long-lasting life.
Many of us have just been merely existing, going through the days without any true feeling of contentment, happiness or satisfaction. This life-altering experience has allowed us to take a break and truly reflect on our life, realizing how much we take for granted, and inspiring us to discover our true purpose. I strongly believe that even in the midst of all the fear, confusion, and uncertainty, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
COVID-19 has contributed to the degradation of our mental health. However, there is a positive takeaway; all this time can be used for self-reflection. You can do this by engaging in any of the following activities: taking social media breaks, reading, writing, talking to an individual you trust, cooking, yoga and even praying.
This time can also be used to explore different aspects of your spirituality, and even to repair your relationship with God. Praying, believing, and having faith in God will ease your fear and confusion.
Despite the many hardships and pain that our country and its people have endured, I hope we can put our differences aside and come together to work towards creating a brighter future. Change starts with one, and if we would all adhere to the laws being put in place to ensure our safety, we will see a massive decrease in the amount of COVID-19 cases nationwide.
This level of success can and will only be achieved if we, the Belizean people, can unite to accomplish one main goal. Let us all play our part for ourselves, our country, and our world. As a nation, let us humble ourselves onto God, as he alone brings healing.