This fast-paced world has come to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic advances through its many phases, it continues to redefine daily lifestyle-related routines in a substantial way. Public health recommendations and government measures taken to abate infection have indirectly impacted food availability, dietary quality, normal daily activities, access to recreational public settings, social activities, work and financial security. The Coronavirus pandemic had made us afraid to shake hands and feel safe in social distancing. It also brought about the fear of being attacked twice with the realization that health and living are of utmost importance.

Lifestyle changes

As social distancing principles have led to a more virtual existence, both personally and professionally, the epidemic has transformed how we work, study, and communicate.

Welcoming the Digital World

Covid has given a huge lift to online learning both in the metros and non-metros. Online education, for instance, has got a major boost. Educational institutions, business organisations among others, have taken online education to a new level by offering classes, coaching and courses in an innovative way to keep their audience hooked at these times of lockdown

Hygiene

We have become more hygiene conscious. Yes, you heard it right. People have started taking personal hygiene more seriously. The ritual of washing hands, sanitizing things before use, that started as a compulsion is becoming a habit.

A gentle reminder to avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth, not to cough or sneeze into your hands.

Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.

Dispose of used tissue immediately and Wash, wash, wash your hands have become one of our daily routine.

Work from Home

Work from Home (WFH) – a major change that has become a part of our lives. Well, honestly speaking it was never a novel concept. Many IT companies in the West, as well as India, have perfected the technique. Covid 19 has taken it to a new level, with practically every company requiring its employees to participate in WFH.

Physical activity linked to Mental health Benefits

This pandemic has forced many of us to spend more time at home, sitting down and abandoning our regular exercise routines. The rise of the sedentary lifestyle has been widely attributed to the increasing number of people who are not physically active. The World Health Organization is renewing the call-to-action that we stay active in line with the established recommendations for physical activity.

Fear, worry, and stress are natural responses perceived   to uncertainty and the unknown. As a result, people’s fear in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic is natural and understandable. Since the beginning, considerable psychological and social repercussions on the people have been noticed. People’s relationships and their perceptions of empathy toward others have been influenced by social distance and security measures.

The relationship between physical activity and mental health has long been known. Research shows that people who are more physically active:

  • are happier,
  • experience greater levels of excitement and enthusiasm,
  • are more satisfied with life, and
  • have higher self-esteem.

Regular exercise also nurtures children physically, mentally, and emotionally. In addition to reducing their risk of chronic disease, it boosts confidence, self-esteem, well-being, and academic performance and contributes to emotional development and happiness.

Also, Telepsychology and technology equipment play critical roles in reducing the pandemic’s negative effects by offering better psychological treatment online, such as the ability to meet from home or at workplace, saving money and time, and maintaining therapist-patient relationships.

Physical activities help maintain our physical and psychological health. As the pandemic continues to affect the fitness industry, how people will deal with this restriction remains an important question. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.

Face masks – “The New Normal”

WHO recommends a variety of face masks as preventative measures, including readily accessible medical or DIY masks for the general public and N95 masks for health care professionals. Instructions/guidelines/advice on the use of masks have already been issued by countries. They are requiring their citizens to wear masks in public places in order to prevent the illness from spreading. And to a Final note – masks are only effective if you wear them and care for them properly.

Taking care of yourself will allow you to better care for others. It’s extremely crucial to stay in touch with friends and family during times of social isolation.

Helping others cope with stress through phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely or isolated.

We must reimagine our environment’s future and act quickly to address climate change and environmental deterioration. Only then will we be able to safeguard everyone’s health, livelihoods, food security, and nutrition, and ensuring that our “new normal” is a better one.