Thinking positively and keeping calm at the moment.

Hi everyone. How are we? Are we all keeping safe at the moment? What I’m doing is washing my hands regularly with hot water and soap, I’m socially distancing myself from others, so not touching anyone and most of all, I am staying at home and trying to keep positive.

It’s so scary out in the world at the moment and I think because it’s so uncertain, it’s so hard to know what to think and feel. Everyone is anxious and stressed, and everyone is worrying about their friends and loved ones.

I’m finding it really hard at the moment because I’m at university in my last year, and work deadlines are all up in the air. I’m not ever feeling in the right mindset because this situation is all that’s on my mind. It’s all everyone is talking about. You feel like you can’t get away from it.

I thought I’d write a blog post about why we should be looking positively, and things to read to hopefully put your mind at ease.

Let’s remember:

  •  We know what it is. ‘The first cases of AIDS were described in June 1981 and it took more than two years to identify the virus.’ We also know that ‘the first cases of severe pneumonia were reported in China on December 31, 2019 and by January 7 the virus had already been identified.’
  • We know how to detect the virus. Since January 13th, there has been a test to use, which is available.
  •  80% of cases are mild. ‘The disease causes no symptoms or is mild in 81% of cases.’
  • People recover. ‘There are 13 times more cured cases than deaths, and that proportion is increasing.’
  • The virus can be wiped clean. ‘The virus can be effectively inactivated from surfaces’ in just one minute. ‘Frequent handwashing with soap and water is the most effective way to avoid contagion.’ Please make sure you are washing your hands with every new surface touched, and before and after you go somewhere or do something.
  • There are already vaccine prototypes. ‘There are already more than eight projects underway seeking a vaccine against the new coronavirus.’
  • Antiviral trials are underway. ‘There are already more than 80 clinical trials analysing coronavirus treatments. These are antivirals that have been used for other infections, which are already approved and that we know are safe.’

This website argues that ‘we have never been better prepared to fight a pandemic.’

Here’s the link below if you want to read it properly 🙂

https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-ten-reasons-why-you-ought-not-to-panic-132941?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=bylinefacebookbutton&fbclid=IwAR0no4-DfChOr2nVE333jg6v8dYUPv2LnlUzfwBiwT2N6VqD3qXwm2SkoG8

I don’t know about you, but reading this really helped calm me down. I felt at ease and a bit reassured. Let’s try and look for that light at the end of the tunnel 🙂

I also wanted to look at the impact this situation is having on mental health, the physiological effects. Here’s some things you can do that may help:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. At the moment, it’s all I’m hearing. Because everyone is scared and it’s all over social media and the news, people are just freaking out and panicking. It is the unknown. I’ve ended up deleting my social media apps on my phone so that I can take a break. When you feel overwhelmed,  try take a break and do something different to take your mind off it. 
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. I am a big believer of deep breathing and meditating. I like to do body scans where I can focus on different parts of the body and look at the present moment. Why not try that? I go onto YouTube and type in ’10 minute body scan meditation’ and it’s the first one that comes up. I like to get fresh air, so I’ve gone to the garden and opened my window in the bedroom. I am trying to go to bed at the same time, and wake up at the same time. I really think the routine is helping me. (As it’s the only routine I can control at the moment!) 
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. I am trying to do things that make me laugh and help me feel relaxed at the moment. I’m watching things like Benidorm, Friday night Dinner, Gavin and Stacey and Chick Flicks. These all make me feel better because they’re familiar. I also plan to read and write more stories because that’s my safe place. 
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. To get through this, I know I’m gonna need my friends and family around me. I am talking to my parents and partner every day, and I am trying to Facetime and message my friends as much as possible. I still like to be in the loop, and I still see it as a way to talk to them, catch up. A way to socialise. If you’re feeling lonely or low, why not talk to a friend? Just keep communicating guys 🙂

Here’s the link if you wanted to look at it:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Also, there have been decreases in air pollution and with coal consumption.

China difference

pollution levels before and after

Coronavirus Emergency In Venice

^ Have you noticed how much clearer the water is in Venice due to this outbreak?

Please keep your head up high and look a bit more positively. I am trying so hard to be optimistic. Let’s all come together, and help each other. We can do this. We’re all in this together.

‘Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.’ 

Much love guys, and please please keep safe.

Asha

 

Take the plunge and make no regrets!

Hey everyone! How are we all doing? I hope everyone is keeping safe, washing hands and doing a lot of self care. I find myself washing my hands for 20 seconds, whilst singing to ‘Happy Birthday’ or Love on Top’ by Beyoncé. It’s all fun and games!

I’ve thought about writing this for a while, but haven’t had the time to do so until now.  I wanted to talk about my latest experience with elections at the University, and campaigning, and how I got an amazing job out of it. I therefore wanted this post to be about not having any regrets, and doing what you gut tells you to do. Take the plunge and just do it.

When I heard about the job, I thought about it for a while, trying to figure out whether I should go for it or not. I knew it meant taking some time out to make posters and go around different campuses to talk to people, as well as a few cheeky nights out, but because I am in 3rd year, I didn’t know whether I had enough time. I remember speaking to people saying: ‘Should I do it?’ ‘Can I  handle this alongside Dissertation?’ and I found myself in a predicament for ages! I just couldn’t make my mind up. It was only a few nights before nominations opens that I decided to go for it! I kept thinking ahead about accommodation and travel etc but I needed to cross that bridge if I ever came to it. One step at a time.

Once I  put my name into the system,  I did feel quite good about it. I was glad to have done it, but I felt nervous. By the time it got to briefing, I felt so anxious because I was constantly thinking about how many people would go for the same role and the competitiveness of it made me scared. I still kept an open mind, and kept positive, and just knew that I needed to do my best, and see where fate took me. After that, I put posters up around all campuses so that my posters and flyers were all distributed everywhere! The amount of people that said that they could just see my face everywhere, and couldn’t get away was funny.

When it got to Question time, I was so so scared. I didn’t know the questions that were going to be asked, and the audience questions were all unexpected too. I just tried to be myself and answered all the questions honestly, and clearly. I wanted people to see my passion for welfare and mental health, so that hopefully they could see me, on a personal level.

Campaigning was fun, but tiring! I liked having a bus tour on the first day, and I liked speaking to different people. Once it got to the results day, I felt so tired. When you really put yourself into something, and work hard, it can make you feel drained and wiped out when you finally do stop.

I remember when they said my name at the results. When they said I’d won, I was so happy! I couldn’t believe it. We all did so well in the week, and all worked as a team to make sure we all got through it. I am so proud of everyone.

If there is an opportunity that arises, such as a new job or a trip, please, take it. Don’t hold back. Yes, you’re going to have some thoughts on it, and maybe even some ‘What if’s’ but I don’t think you’d want to look back and regret anything. Looking at it now, I would have kicked myself if I didn’t put my name in. I know I would have really regretted it. Listen to your gut and just do it. Don’t hold back, because life is short. The world is your oyster. Take every opportunity you can get.

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If I hadn’t taken a step out of my comfort zone in campaign week, I wouldn’t have secured this job of Welfare Officer. If I hadn’t socialised with lots of people, and spoken about my manifesto points, or my opinions, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

I really do believe in fate. If something is meant to be, it’ll be. It’ll happen. Everything happens for a reason, is something I live life with. It’s my motto.

Just do it. You won’t regret it. You’ll only regret something you don’t do.

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Until next time,

Asha