The country is about to experience the third wave of COVID-19, and in many ways, it will be like all other waves.
The questions people are asking themselves now are not new: How can I protect myself? What should I do if someone gets infected? Should I stay, or should I go? These anxieties have been present during every previous wave.
The transition from a lockdown period into the post-lockdown life has always been difficult for everyone involved, but there are strategies that can help make this shift easier.
This article provides suggestions for coping with uncertainty as well as practical advice on how to reintegrate back into society after being isolated during a COVID-19 event.
Our society has become increasingly desperate and demoralized. There are many reasons why people feel hopeless now more than ever before, but this feeling is amplified during a COVID-19 event because the county is locked down, and life as we know it stops for three weeks.
People often have difficulty coping with the stress of being isolated from their social groups, family, and friends. They are not only severed from their supportive social networks but also any strong ties to a community. During this time, when it feels like there is no one they can talk to or rely on, people tend to get very anxious because they feel alone in facing the uncertain future of a COVID-19 event.
When a community is in a state of epidemic, there are many concerns and uncertainties that rise to the surface. People have questions about how to prevent themselves from getting sick, or if they do get infected, how they can treat the virus. They wonder if people will be coming into their neighborhoods and communities to forcibly check on other potential victims with symptoms of COVID-19. They wonder if they will have to go through the same thing that happened during the first and second waves of this epidemic, which is being forced to hide in their homes for a certain number of days with no communication with anyone except those inside your home.
It is difficult to predict what will happen in any given situation. The best plan of action is to be proactive and prepared in case something does happen by following the CDC recommendations.
In addition, it is important for people to come up with a list of questions that they would like answered, both regarding the virus as well as how the government will respond if there is another outbreak.
People need to communicate openly and honestly about their anxieties, especially the ones they are afraid to admit to themselves. It becomes a vicious cycle: we hide our insecurities because we don’t want to be judged for being scared or make others think that we are not strong enough, but suppressing our fears causes them to grow.
It is impossible to predict how people will react during this time of uncertainty, but one thing that we can be certain about is that it is in our nature to adapt. We have been doing it for centuries and still continue to persevere despite the challenges we face as a species.
The country has all the supplies it needs to get through this situation, and for three weeks, nothing will be happening. There are many ways we can use these idle days to recharge our batteries and get back to a place of inner peace.
The Importance of Finding Serenity in Uncertainty
Many people like me have dedicated their lives to promoting wellness instead of illness. However, in general, it is easier to give advice than to follow it. It is easy for me to say that people should change their behavior and focus on wellness and self-care now more than ever, but I can only speak from my experience.
The reality is that when faced with uncertainty, we do not always know what the best thing to do is or how we should react. Being able to find your serenity during uncertain times requires that you recognize and listen to what you need personally.
The way I was able to cope with the stress of uncertainty during a COVID-19 event was by using guided imagery and meditating in nature. What helped me could be different from what helps you, so find what works for you. For example, if the nature sounds of a forest would make you feel more anxious than relaxed, then listening to ocean waves might be more beneficial.
I always kept my eyes on the horizon and looked forward to our re-entry into society because it was at that moment when I knew we could start moving forward again.
Managing New Normal Post COVID-19
I often use the word “new normal” to describe how life is going to change. The new normal will be something completely different from what we are used to, but that doesn’t mean it cannot be good and worthwhile.
Preparing for the third wave of COVID-19 is essential to ensuring that you are physically and mentally healthy. Here is a handy checklist:
Prepare in advance
To make a transition easier, follow these tips. First, check on the status of your work/leisure location and available travel advice for safety. Have a conversation about COVID-19 with those at home so they can anticipate it as well. If going out makes you uncomfortable, talk to others about it – normalizing the uncertainty will help us.
Learn Relaxation Techniques
To work through managing anxiety that comes with the third wave of COVID-19, we explore physical techniques such as deep breathing, grounding, and other relaxation methods. Practicing these techniques in a calm environment on a daily basis will help your body get used to them so you can rely on them when you are stressed or anxious.
Engage in Simple Physical Exercise
Being tied to your home unjustly for long stretches can leave you feeling drained of energy, which may cause feelings of depression. Prepare yourself by exercising and moving around so that you don’t experience the same fatigue that is common with locked-down living situations.
As soon as things reopen, it may be tempting to hurry and do everything you’ve missed. It might be grabbing a meal in a restaurant, catching up with friends, or finishing any pending tasks. Do your best to take things slowly so that you don’t end up feeling drained or panicked.
Balance Your Offline & Online Activities
Shifting from online engagements exclusively to offline forms of communication can be challenging. This article offers practical tips on how you can prepare for the transition and adjust as needed.
Give yourself time to get used to living without virtual content, speak with your HR department if there are Flexi-working options where you work so that you may return when ready.
Self Care & Regularise Routines
Pandemic gave people time to focus on stillness and their inner thoughts, providing some of us the opportunity to reflect on our lives. As much as possible, try to keep 10-20 minutes a day set aside for activities that made you feel healthy during the pandemic crisis.
As the country prepares for future outbreaks of COVID-19, individuals will need to find ways to cope with recovering from the anxieties it brings. This article offers practical ways you can mend your life after the third wave of COVID-19.