Overcoming The Challenges Of A Pandemic World
08 Oct 2020
Just seven short months ago, you were probably planning your annual summer vacation, looking forward to remodeling the kitchen and checking out a new set of wheels to replace your old banger. Fast forward to today, and the world is like something out of a dystopian novel. The world is having to adapt to a new global threat – the coronavirus. The Covid-19 pandemic has caused people across the world to take a step back and reassess their priorities. While a big house, money in the bank, and swanky vacations were once what you cared about most, now you are concerned about being able to hug your elderly relatives, ensuring your kids get to go to school, and keeping your brood safe and healthy.
The pandemic world has made governments, countries, and individuals reconsider the shape of livelihoods. The entire globe has shifted and will probably never look the same way again. This can be anxiety-inducing for many as change is a difficult concept to accept, especially if it is brought about suddenly. The whole world is still reeling from the shock and speed of the virus which has taken hold in every corner of the globe. Overcoming the challenges of a pandemic world can seem unrelenting. However, by following this guide, taking a measured approach to the ever-changing landscape, and finding a positive mindset, you can thrive in a pandemic world.
One of the biggest challenges that we all face is the mental health aspect of coronavirus. Known colloquially to many as the ‘rona or even the 2020 plague, this disease is seen by those of us with a more sensitive disposition as a potential killer. While vulnerable groups, those with underlying health conditions, the elderly, and the obese can suffer more serious complications from coronavirus, the vast majority of us will feel ill for a week and then recover. Keeping this in perspective can be difficult when you are confronted with the sensationalist stories that the media throw at us day in, day out. Covid-19 stats are everywhere: your TV screen, rolling news sites, and social media feeds. You simply cannot escape it.
Because it has taken over our lives, we can find it challenging to think about anything else. When we venture to the supermarket, we are whipping on our face coverings and sanitizing our hands. When we see the ocean of masked faces in front of us as we pick out our dried pasta and passata, we can feel pangs of sadness and anxiety.
People who have never been touched by anxiety before are feeling palpitations of worry for the first time. This is entirely normal. The shift that we have had to make in our lives is like nothing we have ever experienced before. To combat this side effect of having to live through a pandemic, you need to consider what you can do to protect your mental health.
Start by working out ways that you can escape the thought of coronavirus throughout the day. This means dedicating some of your time to more relaxing pursuits. Turn off the TV and banish the smartphone and tablet for a couple of hours. You don’t want to be confronted by the latest Covid conspiracy theory in your Facebook feed and you don’t want to know the latest death milestone. By removing all of the Covid-19 news and stats, you can free yourself from the shackles of the pandemic.
Consider embarking on a pursuit that will channel your thoughts into more relaxing endeavors. Perhaps you want to partake in a spot of yoga. This exercise is no longer the realm of dreadlocked hippies. Doctors are prescribing yoga alongside mindfulness as the first course of action to combat anxiety rather than go down the medication route. Yoga will help you to move your body into a range of different postures to improve your flexibility and strengthen your core. Coupled with breathing exercises, you can channel your thoughts down different, more positive avenues.
Being Locked Down
With coronavirus, we have had to endure long periods of time being locked down. This has meant that we have felt more lonely and isolated than ever before. We are used to being social butterflies, in contact with others, and happy being out and about. Suddenly, we are being told that we have to stay at home, we can only go out once or twice a day, and cinemas, bars, and restaurants have severe restrictions on their opening hours. It’s important that we can develop some coping mechanisms to help us through the temporary isolation that we all have to go through.
The virtual world has really opened up in recent years. Technological advancements have meant that we can talk to people across the globe from the comfort of our own homes. We don’t have to jump on a plane to see someone across the Atlantic. We can log into our Skype, Teams, or Zoom account and partake in a video call. While meeting up with pals might not be the same on a screen as we miss the physical contact, you can still converse and see their faces. In lockdowns, it can be challenging to find moments to look forward to. However, by setting up a weekly virtual pub quiz with pals and a video call every few days with your mom and dad, you can feel less isolated.
Being locked down can leave us reeling from looking at our four walls every day. However, you don’t have to refrain from going outside. By keeping your distance and being sensible in a park, you can still immerse yourself in nature and greenery. Doing this can benefit our mental health and well being. You will find your circadian rhythm becoming more regulated leading to a better night’s sleep. You will also enjoy the release of the happy hormone, dopamine in your bloodstream, which negates the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body.
Families come in all shapes and sizes in the twenty first century. If you don’t live with your kids full time but you have a great relationship with your ex-partner and a routine to see your little darlings on a regular basis, this can be thrown up in the air because of the advent of coronavirus. It can be challenging when new restrictions come in as you don’t know when you might be able to see your kids again. The concept of pandemic co-parenting is a new one that separated couples never thought they would have to consider. While a challenge, you can overcome any rockiness in relations to put your kids at the center of any decision that you make. For the health and well being of your family, you may need to take a step back for a week or so, but the virtual world can help you remain in contact, albeit not physically.
Money worries caused by the novel coronavirus have touched everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you have concerns about the stability of your job, the feasibility of your startup, or the level of equity in your home, the economy has taken such a dive that no one is untouched by the fallout. Governments across the globe are trying to support those individuals who are under the looming cloud of redundancy.
If you are worried about the stability of your current job or you work in an industry that has been hit hard like hospitality, tourism, or retail, it might be time to consider your options. Don’t bury your head in the sand and stress about your current professional situation. You need to have a plan for your career.
Many people are seeing the threat of redundancy as an opportunity. Rather than take redundancy as a personal attack on their skills and abilities, they are seeing it through the eyes of the employer and understanding that redundancy is nothing more than a financial decision. If you have been in the same role for the past decade, you get no satisfaction from your job, and you are stuck in a rut, redundancy can spur you on to make a change.
Perhaps you want to change careers altogether. Consider looking into opportunities to retrain for a job that you will enjoy and that will help you to feel more fulfilled. Job satisfaction is more important than ever in a pandemic world as we have begun to place more importance on our well being rather than the cash in our pockets. Just because you can earn a decent wage in the financial services sector doesn’t mean that you should put up with a stressful role that sees you working seventy hour weeks with no time to spend with your kids.
By following a passion, you could even start your own business. Startups are more popular than ever as people grasp the opportunity that redundancy presents to them. If you want to design custom made tee shirts for youngsters, go for it. If you want to begin teaching Japanese to business people online, flex your language skills. And if you want to embark on a career in gardening, think about the skills and training you will need to be able to launch your own venture.
A pandemic world throws up new challenges that we have never confronted before. Follow this guide and you can overcome any pandemic obstacle that stands in your way.