Sunday, May 31, 2020

How should your new normal be? Covid19 diary

Government declared unlock 1.0 after the lockdown 4.0. People are calling this lockdown 5.0 but actually it is not the lockdown. This is the phase wise unlocking the restrictions. There will be lockdown in containment zones and may be at buffer zones as local administration deems fit. It is almost 2 months; we all are locked inside our homes. We need to understand that we can’t live like this locking inside because of the fear of Covid19 infection. The government also can’t restrict people to stay inside for a long time. Central government has taken decisive action to lock down the country 2 months back and efforts are paid off. 
"Considering the population, India is able to control the infection. Otherwise it would have been a disaster. However, let’s understand that the infection is at level 3 at community infection level. We need to learn to live with the covid19. That’s the new normal."
How should your new normal be?

Personal hygiene: Following personal hygiene is crucial to protect self. In normal courses, people were not that much aware about simple etiquettes like washing hands, not touching surfaces and taking care while sneezing, coughing etc. We were too careless in the past. Now everybody should be careful about their own health. Considering the pathetic health systems, it is better to prevent the infection than admitting for the cure. 
"Follow strict habits like using Sanitizer, Masks and following Social Distancing (SMS)." 
Improve the immunity: Follow good health habits like eating healthy food and drinking healthy drinks. Exercise regularly; Sleep well.  

Be positive: No no, don’t be corona positive, but keep yourselves positive. Find the silver lining from the situation. If you find out positives from the corona pandemic, you will have a lot many. Just make a list. We wanted to work from home for a long time, but it was not possible in the past, but now you work almost daily from home and stay with the family. Mothers were missing their kids, now they can see their kids daily. You can kiss and hug their loved ones. See the creativity shown by the people during the period. The humour, memes and different challenges made our life easy. Few people learn new skills. And the digitalization journey is accelerated.

Practice Mindfulness: During this period, be in the present. Don’t think about the past & future. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. 
"Keep the inventory of what you have to do daily including personal care, hygiene etc. Take time out for yourself."     

It is personal distancing and not an emotional distancing: We need to understand that social distancing does not mean that you should distance people emotionally. Your friends are still your friends, your loved ones still love you. By distancing socially, you are taking care of themselves. 
"You have to find ways to be emotionally connected on video calls, phone and supporting them. Always, be connected with your friends, & family members."
Personal social responsibility: We also need to understand that there are a lot of people who lost their jobs because of Covid19. There are poor who don’t have anything to survive. Because of lock down, maids, drivers, vendors lost their income. Government can’t do everything. Whenever you see such people, please support them. If somebody needs a job, connect them to the right people. If somebody needs help, just do that. Believe on the law of attraction. 
"If you do good deeds, you will get something positive. Enjoy the joy of giving." 
Acceptance of the situation: You can be happy only when you accept the situation. There are few people who are asymptomatic, but fit and fine; however, when they are tested, they are positive. You don’t know perhaps somebody in your contact may be corona positive and perhaps you also may be asymptomatic. You can’t change the situation, but you can accept and finally deal with the same. Mere having corona positive doesn’t mean that there is an end. Recovery rate is very high and if you are strong, you will be fit & fine. Learn to deal with the situation instead of getting scared. If you found somebody positive, support them. 
"It is the time to get rid of social stigma associated with the corona virus infection."       
This whole situation taught us to follow new habits and behaviours. It is upto us how serious we are. Finally, we also need to understand that it is not the government or authorities that will protect you. They can only guide and instruct you what should not be done. You yourselves have to protect you & your family. Change habits & be safe.

(Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my organization.)

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Dr. Dhanashri Vinod Bidwaik said...

Very well explained. Need to read by everyone.

Urmila shetty said...

In simple words the guidelines have been explained..well written sir.

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