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We all are suffering in some way or another due to this pandemic situation. There is a cloud of fear, uncertainty, loss, and pain all around us. Mental health is also on the brink of relapse. We are not in a stable situation physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some of us are lucky to be with our family members, yet not happy in this lockdown state. The one’s staying alone are just hanging in there for the situation to get better. And yes, the pandemic has consumed all of us. The frustration levels are getting higher day by day. The anxiety has taken a toll on us. Each day is like a struggle for many, and many have lost everything. Looking at these helpless situations where getting in contact and helping others is also risky and life-threatening, people are still doing everything they can to help each other.
Though it has impacted everything and everyone, the kids and students have suffered a lot from the pandemic. The mental growth of the children has been affected dreadfully. The exposure needed for the young ones to grow and enhance their cognitive skills has become challenging to provide. From primary schools to college-going students, all of them are having trouble learning and interacting. Many students waiting to enroll themselves in college for higher education have lost hope due to delays and the cancellation of examinations. This period of continuous re-scheduling, non-ending preparations and the uncertainty of landing into a good college has affected them severely. Everything has shifted to digital platforms creating a real-time problem for those staying in rural areas. Due to bad internet connections, the students are unable to access the regular classes also. The home environment supposedly to be calm has become a distraction in many ways for them. However, everyone is trying to cope up with the situation in the best possible way.
Amid this adverse situation, we must not forget that what has come will eventually go & even the worst circumstances shall pass as well. We need to engage ourselves in something that makes us busy and helps us keep our calm. We should be more loving and caring towards each other. A few minutes of meditation might do wonders and can keep our minds relaxed. An immunity boost is unquestionably needed and can be achieved at home through various ways such as by doing yoga, exercise, walk, dance, etc., and by eating healthy and nutritious food. Timely vaccination plays a vital role in keeping us safe. So, let us prepare ourselves for the third wave of the pandemic if it comes and keep our body and mind healthy.
Mitali Kapoor, Assistant Professor, School of Fashion Design, Unitedworld Institute of Design
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