While we are dealing with this pandemic, it becomes important to accept the mental stress that we are going through. It is important to take notice of the fact that either we have become busier than usual or we are finding ourselves purposeless. In both the scenarios we have found ourselves in a situation with heightened pressure. First and foremost we must understand that this situation we are in is, in fact, a crisis. But what is important is how we deal with it?
Healthy stress (that’s eustress) is good for achieving goals. Stress more than necessary to lead life is bad for mental as well as physical health. So before we arrive at conclusions about our stressful situation we must understand what kind of stress are we dealing with? If stress helps you reach your deadline, helps you work dedicatedly towards your goals, keep you going then probably it is good stress. On the other hand, if it is taking up your thought space and instead of working you end up just thinking about stress mostly, you need to work out a solution. Like people say it’s never too late to begin.
This pandemic has led us to a point where we have started evaluating ourselves. We are experiencing a rise in the complaining behaviour of people around us as our colleagues and near and dear ones are lately feeling drained of options and stuck in their lives. Yes, we are stuck. Let’s accept it’s quite stressful. Can we do something about it? Off course, we can change the way we think. We can mould the situation to our benefit. We can make a bad stress good stress and utilize this time given by pandemic as a boon rather than a curse.
Rather than feeling purposeless, let us find something worth to engage in. It does not always need to be work. It could be indulging in our creative side, learning something new, a new skill (professional or creative), giving time to our lost hobbies. There is more to life rather than complaining about being obstructed by COVID-19. This is, in fact, a lifetime opportunity to heal up the time never given to family and at the same time excel in the skills we earlier wanted to learn but never had time.
Pandemic has given us reasons to stress but at the same time adored us with huge opportunities in life. We still have time to make ourselves ready for post COVID world which would be so much different from what we have grown up in. It is the time to buckle up and grab the opportunity and carve a niche for ourselves, for this society needs a revolution. Revolution not in a literal sense but with an increasing amount of stress, society needs a mental revolution to deal with the immense pressure.
“It is those who stay still in the pressure, fly high.”
Remain calm and keep working in the direction of your dreams. Look for the opportunity to grapple with changing times and improve your capabilities, work on your lows. These times teach us the importance of resilience. The fire purifies the gold. Let not this time be wasted in procrastination and complaining.
“Trying times teach best lessons.”
Find a direction, learn to live with solitude and embrace your uniqueness. Give thought to concepts like minimalism (less is more), ikigai (finding a purpose to life), kaizen (constant improvement), dolce far niente (enjoying idleness), mindfulness (being present in the present) and many more. This is just to give you a start. These are not just concepts but philosophies that hold the power to transform the way we look at life. They will give a path to success even at times as such when we have so much uncertainty at our hands. Let us not forget, uncertainty, obstacles, stress has always been there. One who has learnt to grow and help others to carve out a way amidst such thorns has been a leader in its truest sense.
I would leave you with a powerful quote by George Bernard Shaw,
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.”
By Apoorva Bhatnagar
Research Scholar, Gurukula Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttrakhand (India)
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