5 steps to improving yourself in this difficult time
Covid-19 has brought about a massive transformation in our lives with breathtaking speed. Within a blink of an eye, Dhaka, one of the most overcrowded cities, has become a place of tranquility, having sent millions of people home. Self-quarantining, working from home and social distancing are only the options open before us. Consequently, all we can do is whine and feeling stressed.
Admittedly, the magnitude of this crisis requires us to stay home due to the growing uncertainty caused by coronavirus.
It is, of course, challenging enough to manage ourselves in quarantine all of a sudden. However, most of you are perhaps already stressed of being lonely. According to psychologists and epidemiologists, loneliness creates a kind of noxious chain reaction in our human body and thus produces stress.
It is to be acknowledged, you have heard a lot about what not to do for the last couple of weeks. So, it’s time to figure out what we can do.
I would recommend five strategies to get over loneliness at this coronavirus time. What are those five productive activities to capitalize your self-quarantine time?
First, keep in touch with others and grow your network. It may seem easy but it is better said than done when you pick up your phone and keep your mind busy.
Maintaining a good relationship with your friends, co-workers, relatives, and the rest of your acquaintances is as important as your life is, for your life would not be worth living unless you find their assistance and company in a state of your emergency.
Once you maintain relationships with your networks, it will enable you to ask for help from anyone anytime. This is how, this step can make your life more meaningful than you could ever imagine at the time when you need them most.
Second, a good way to utilize this rosy opportunity is to read books. Michael Scott said: “The day we stop learning is the day we die.”
What else could be a better way to learn and enrich knowledge than reading books? Actually, the movies you are watching and the video games you are playing are the ones that give your mind momentary pleasure, but the books you are reading are giving a big boost to your brain, which is much needed to ensure your overall growth. Research has unequivocally has proved it.
You may target finishing two or three books to finish reading amid this time of isolating yourself from your friends or colleagues
If you are a student, you may be thinking I am fed up reading books, no more reading this time.
Cool down, take a deep breath, and think about your favourite genre, fiction, non-fiction or any book that you have bought from this year’s book fair.
If you are a job-holder, reading books could add variety as you tend to be under a mountain of work.
Third, and most importantly, one of the best ways to spend your time is to brush up on your English language proficiency.
It will not only keep you ahead of others in the workplace, but also boost your confidence sky-high.
At this age, the person lacking sound English language skills and basic IT skills are compared with a car lacking an engine. Therefore, it is crucial for all of us to attain a good grasp over English.
It, in turn, will open a myriad of avenues in your career. As an IELTS faculty, I could recommend you some splendid websites of English such as Exam Lift, Oxford Owl, and ESLeschool.com.
This could be your biggest opportunity to seize the day. Have a go right away.
Fourth, watching movies is another way of passing this time nicely. Watching movies can always increase your insights about the world, give you knowledge about the culture and customs of other countries, and most noticeably, teach you to be respectful of other religions, races, and nationalities.
You are clever, you can hunt multiple birds with one stone. You can also widen your English language proficiency through watching movies. Amusements, excitement, all is there to cheer you up as well.
Last but not the least, learn to cook whether you think you need it or not. It is a skill you will regret lacking.
You never know when you have to stay alone leaving your mother, wife, or sister thousands of miles away in order to grab any bright opportunity of your career.
Hence, it is a skill that will give you a sense of independence as well. So let’s turn the adversity into opportunity.
It could be a stepping stone to unlocking your creativity. So do not miss this chance to improve yourself.
Mahde Hassan is an invigilator at the British Council Bangladesh. He can be reached at [email protected]