The last couple of weeks have been one of the most challenging & overwhelming times of our lives (my husband & I): contracting a covid infection (with very little remembrance of how we ended up contracting the deadly virus, because our commutes outside have been limited as the cases started rising in April 2021 due to the second wave of COVID-19 cases!), getting RT-PCR tests done amidst chaos & rush, series of blood tests, chest x-ray at home followed by constipation, cold, coughing, headache, body aches, tremendous weakness & finally coming out of home isolation after 3 long weeks… Phew…

Love is beautiful and love is precious. Everything you have ever done, every person you have ever met, every experience you have ever had is a part of who you are today; it shapes and adds layers to your being and depth to your soul. As I have approached near the end of my 20’s, there’s been learning that my relationships over the years have taught me and probably helped me being who I am today… So here it goes,

Everyone loves differently.

I blame all my rom-com movies and books for this! I have dreamt of anything & everything…

Mindfulness as a practice is slowly becoming popular. People are incorporating the ability to be fully present at the moment and are seeing positive results in their daily lifestyles, like reduced stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms.

By definition, mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally by Jon Kabat Zinn. Mindfulness allows us to step out of our ‘auto-pilot’ mode and helps build our awareness of the present moment- awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. …

A panic attack is ‘a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause’, according to Mayo Clinic. Panic attacks typically begin suddenly and without warning. ‘People with panic disorders have sudden or repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer’, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Although panic attacks are an uncomfortable experience, these aren’t life-threatening, it is temporary and not fatal or dangerous. Whether you are experiencing anxiety or bouts of intense stress or you’ve seen a specialist and received a clinical…

Sunset from Mongpong, India (December, 2015)

The current global COVID-19 pandemic is not as catastrophic as a world war. But we already started realising that it’s effects are going to be far-reaching with an economic and geo-political collapse. However, evolution of humankind has shown that no matter what, we do have the potential to rise against all odds and thus, I strongly feel there is still light at the end of the tunnel with possibilities and scopes for a better world.

So here are a few of the learning that COVID-19 has been teaching us:

Our lives are more valuable than anything else in the world.

Deepanwita Roy

Clinical Psychologist, amateur writer, lifestyle enthusiast, passionate foodie & traveler. Connect- LinkedIn- mfine-

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