In this article we are going to discuss how covid-19 changed our lives.
HOW COVID-19 CHANGED OUR LIVES ?
In the wake of Covid-19, we have witnessed the beginning of a new era. Our whole concept about life changed within the span of a few months. Busy scheduled life came back to normal. Time – that one thing we will never get enough of now stands still. We are now caged in our own houses. Not at all free. It’s like the whole world is controlled by Covid-19, and we are just abiding by its rules. Don’t know if it’s only me who felts so.
But to be honest, we have learnt a lot during this pandemic. We are now content with the comforts of our own home. Personal hygiene has gained more importance. Masks and sanitizers have begun to rule our lives; we can’t even step out without them. High-end parties and marriages became simpler and more eco-friendly. As a result, food wastage reduced up to a large extent. If we are looking at the brighter side, I think Covid-19 scored more.
The worst-hit sections include education and employment. Even though the online classes will never be equal to schools and colleges’ ambience, teachers and students struggle a lot to do their best. When it comes to working from home, there’s a huge relief for many employers as they got the chance to work from within the comforts of home and spend quality time at home. But unemployment and misery also soared at alarming rates.
Even though we know that the havoc created by this pandemic due to CoronaVirus is huge, it’s appealing to know that our Earth is healing right now!!!!
The novel Coronavirus changed everything overnight, the lockdown was enforced, and social distancing became the new norm. Let’s See what we need to do to reduce risk of Covid-19 and how Covid-19 changed our lives:
Effects of COVID-19 pandemic in daily life
1. PERSONAL HYGIENE
The coronavirus pandemic helped develop a sanitation and cleanliness consciousness. Where people looked different ways to avoid getting infected from viruses by maintaining personal hygiene and social distancing.
Cleaning and hygiene tips to protect against COVID-19
- Wash your hands and legs properly using soap whenever you return to home after work or a walk(Any bathing soap can be used).
- Keep a handy bottle of sanitizer in your bag.
- Make sure that you are wearing a good quality mask that will keep the virus at bay.
- Don’t touch on walls, pillars, stair railings, and other metal surfaces, especially if you are going to a hospital.
- Bath daily
- Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Maintain at least 3 feet (1metre) distance while talking to others.
- Clean bedsheets, towels, and clothes regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet & exercise regularly.
2. MENTAL HEALTH
The COVID-19 pandemic, fear, and anxiety about a new disease, lockdown have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders. The lockdown impact was heavy on those who were alone, poor, already psychologically burdened.
Poor mental health can lead to an increased risk of COVID-19 infection by sevenfold. Patients with both a recent diagnosis of a mental disorder and Covid-19 infection had a death rate of 8.5 percent, almost double the rate among Covid-19 patients with no mental disorder.
At least 10 percent of the world population suffers from mental disorders.
Lockdown and unemployment affected the mental health of many.
Fear, worry, and stress often leads to depression and suicidal tendencies
Just like personal hygiene, it’s important to maintain mental hygiene as well. Here are some tips to improve your mental health :
Ten tips to boost your mental health
- Meditate often
- Take a break
- Ask for help if you are having a mental breakdown.
- Give more time for hobbies.
- Listen to your favourite tracks.
- Conversation with friends and family
- Self loving
- Think positive
- Be your own motivator.
- Never ever think that you are a failure.
3. ONLINE JOBS AND UNEMPLOYMENT
The novel Coronavirus changed everything overnight. With the lockdown in place, more than 3 billion people have been pushed to work from home. The sudden increase in working from home has created problems as well as opportunities:
What are the benefits of Work from Home?
- The sense of assurance to work remotely and that too in a safe environment is the biggest benefit of work from home.
- Time and cost of traveling to and from the office can be saved.
- Additional time to do things they like; this, in turn, has a positive impact on employee morale.
- Control over the ambient surroundings is working as a catalyst to the employees’ productivity, as they can set up their surroundings according to their liking.
- Helps in keeping employees technically updated and also in improving their communication skills.
- WFH benefits women the most as they won’t have to choose between career and being a mother.
- Companies can distribute their workforce throughout the country and hire remote talent.
- Some big players like Twitter and Facebook have already announced their plans for a permanent shift towards the WFH regime post-Covid-19.
Unemployment during COVID-19
- Unemployment among the world’s 1.2 billion young people is far higher than for adults.
- Financial instability and lack of essential goods
- High-stress environment created by the pandemic affected young people’s mental health.
- According to experts, entrepreneurship will help to eradicate unemployment.
- Farmers are in debt as they couldn’t harvest the crops in time.
- Street vendors are one of the most affected as people are hesitant to buy from them out of fear.
- Global hunger rate increased manifold.
Coronavirus has changed how students are educated around the world. Schools, colleges, educational institutions are leveraging online learning platforms. These education changes give us a glimpse at how education could change for the better or worse in the long term.
The impact of COVID-19 on Education
- Pandemic has disrupted the education sector, which is the critical determinant of a country’s future.
- The structure of schooling and learning, including teaching and assessment methodologies, was the first to be affected.
- Online classes have emerged as a new platform for knowledge exchange.
- Teacher-student interaction has turned into virtual reality, and mostly small kids find it difficult to follow them.
- Low-income private and government schools have completely shut down for not having access to e-learning solutions.
- Students from low-income families no longer have access to healthy meals.
- Both parents and students are subject to economic and social stress.
Read Also: Benefits & Challenges of Online Education
5. E-COMMERCE SITES
As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts every part of our lives, more consumers have begun shopping online in greater numbers. The time in lockdown has caused an e-commerce boom. In many families, online grocery, apparel, and entertainment shopping have replaced the mall and store visit.
- Due to social distancing, there has naturally been a drop-off in brick-and-mortar shopping.
- Many are found shopping online, which in turn increased the income of eCommerce giants like Amazon, Flipkart etc .
- Online shopping sites ensured less crowd at local stores.
- More convenient and time-saving.
- Beware of the online fraudsters as well
6. FAMILY BONDING
Covid 19 brought a new way of life and opportunity for many families worldwide to strengthen their familial bonds and spend quality time with your loved ones.
Lockdown Period – Bond With Your Family
- Families got enough time to spend together.
- From doing house chores to cooking, husbands and sons have tried their hand in different activities.
- More relaxed and less stressful minds
- Bonding became more stronger.
- Most of the family issues and misunderstandings resolved to a greater extend.
- According to research, many couples who couldn’t have an offspring due to office tensions and stress got positive results.
- Still, in many families, the lockdown has created more confusion and problems due to unemployment, depression, etc.
- But if we are looking at the statistics, Covid-19 has indeed helped to heal and nurture families around the the world.
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7. HIGH-END PARTIES
Grand Parties, functions, and large gathering across India have been put on hold due to the coronavirus lockdown
- Grand parties and large gatherings are prohibited
- Simple functions helped to save money and food wastage
- Clubs, catering service, event planners, etc. were adversely affected
8. MONEY MANAGEMENT
Lockdown due to Covid-19 gives us the opportunity to better manage our finances, which can be useful in future needs.
Important money management tips
- Try to maintain a budget for every month.
- Since you remain at your home most of the time, travel expenses can be saved.
- Buy what you need, not what you want.
- Start an online business to get those extra savings.
- Vegetable garden at home can cut down the grocery store’s expenses, and you could also enjoy fresh veggies straight from your garden.
- Cook together and uninstall swiggy. It brings out happiness and health at the same time.
Pandemic taught us a lot about life and nature. We were not aware of how it will be to get locked up for months. How much we should thank god for this wonderful life. But we had no time to look back at things we are blessed with. Maybe Earth is giving us a second chance to lead a better life and never take her resources for granted. Let us strive together for a better tomorrow.