Positivity is important. try something new. Don't let the bad overshadow the good. Mental health. Dealing with desi depression.

Although we were unaware about how our lives would be drastically affected by a small virus when we originally heard of the first case that occurred, at times like these, every day just seems to be a painful reminder that life is never going to be the same again. We seem to have forgotten how we used to spend our days before the pandemic because now all we can think about is the unknown future that lay ahead of us. Are things going to take a turn for the worse or will the situation start to improve ever so slightly?

Do you remember the last time you were scared to read the newspapers or turn on news because you were afraid of the reality you would have to face? Reality. All that is going on in the world right now is actually happening and it’s not a dream. That itself is something we are all still processing. When did reality become so unbearable? When did learning the truth become so difficult? The pandemic has made our days depressing, so miserable that it seems like there is nothing to look forward to. As time passes, we have given up on the hope we once had of things returning to how they were before and instead, we prepare ourselves for what is coming, thinking the worse is yet to come. How much more can one virus ruin our lives? Has it not done enough damage? It goes without saying that we are all flooded with negative emotions. This pandemic has taken a serious toll on our mental health and we all realise it, but we do not know how to deal with it. We are worried not only for our well-being but for the lives of our loved ones. Every time we hear about a new case, the fear takes over and we wonder how the ones affected might be someone we know. We are tired of the

monotonous cycle that we are repeating every day; upset that we cannot meet anyone, bored staying at home and doing nothing, and frustrated that the situation does not seem to be getting any better. We wish that one day, we could simply wake up and find out that all this time we were dreaming and none of this is real. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The more we are becoming aware of the situation, the more we are leaning to accept the fact that this pandemic has had a huge impact on our lives. But does accepting this mean that we have admitted defeat in face of the virus? Will we silently let the virus control not just our lives, but the way we live it?

Positivity is important. try something new. Don't let the bad overshadow the good. Mental health. Dealing with desi depression.

There is only one correct answer and that is no. No, we will not allow this virus to do any more damage. It has already taken countless lives so we must not let it take ours. Even if we have not contracted the virus, we feel that it has done everything possible to spoil all the good things we once enjoyed. That is true but we cannot stay sad about that forever. We need to learn to adapt to this new normal. Of course, it is easier said than done and maybe, we don’t want to do it because of how hard it is. But we must try. We need to do this much for ourselves. Otherwise, wallowing in your despair will get you absolutely nowhere. I am going to be realistic here. Many people will tell you to try a new hobby or learn something new. But by now we have all tried that and either given up at this point or not even had the energy to try in the first place. Instead, I would suggest that you focus on the activities that make you happy. It could be listening to music, or writing a story, dancing or drawing a picture- do things that let you express how you are feeling. Do not keep all your emotions bottled up inside because that makes you feel more upset. You need to learn to let it go and doing things you enjoy might help with. You should talk to your friends online and support each other because everyone is facing the same thing. Ultimately, we are the ones who will get the world through this. We need to be there for one another and that could be by comforting someone you know to posting online about how we are all in this together. It is also very important to have a positive mindset. Remember it will not be this way forever. Not knowing when we can return to how things were before makes it hard to remember that this is a temporary situation, but we should remind ourselves the world has been through similar disasters before and gotten through them successfully. Otherwise, we would not be here today. Mankind has always endured through hard times and made it out alive. This immense strength and will to fight and continue living are what is so important. We cannot completely lose hope. We must think about the scientists who are trying their best to improve the vaccines and find a better cure. We must think about the doctors and nurses who are risking their lives every day to take care of patients. If they had lost all hope and decided not to help the affected population because doing so would mean indirectly jeopardizing their loved ones, how would we have been able to deal with this pandemic? There are so many people who are fighting despite being aware of the risks they have to make. We should spend some time thinking about them and realise that in a way, we are lucky to be at home, safe from the horrors of the outside world.

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