If there’s one good thing that has come out of this pandemic, it’s that the lockdown has brought us closer together. It’s been a leveller in terms of a shared human experience, worldwide. We can’t really say that it has been the same for everyone; quite far from it. As lockdown measures came in all across the world, people suddenly found themselves alone. Separated from friends and family, even if only streets apart.
Remember how bad days felt, when all you wanted was to see your loved ones?
Remember how you felt celebrating birthdays, anniversaries on Zoom?
How many times did you wonder if and when you’ll see them again?
The past few months have been very hectic for all of us, economic downfall has made it even worse. We have gone through a lot of stress which over a period of time can cause damage to mental health.
Festivals act like stress relievers and help us balance our emotions. More positivity naturally lowers negativity. It also provides an opportunity to reduce friction and brings our friends and relatives together in a bond of love. Nothing brings people together like festivals do.
Bad times are not in our control; but now with the upcoming festive season, lets look at what we have in our control and how do we make the most if it.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate:
- Celebrate the shared experience – In our community people are gathered keeping safe distance during Navaratri which broke the monotony of isolation. Social media is also a great way to share well wishes with your loved ones. I recommend using social media to share the pictures of celebrations with your loved ones. You can also use WhatsApp group or arrange zoom calls for the whole family to celebrate together.
- Use the opportunity to show love to others – People are now sewing masks for healthcare workers, showing appreciation to grocery workers, truckers, and infrastructure support systems who typically do not get recognized for their contributions to the community. I would also recommend to use this opportunity to only purchase and promote local goods from street vendors/ small shops to make the festival enjoyable for everyone.
- Re-evaluate your lifestyle – Is it worth all the hustle and hectic schedules? Consider this festival a fresh start. I suggest think about what you were trying to squeeze in your schedule for long time. Was it 30 minutes of workout or 15 min of reading every day. This could be the best time to start.
- Use the newfound time to learn and grow – This lockdown got us time to read, learn, create things, and bond with family! Continue to pursue your hobby and have productive time. May be you want be the Mr/ Ms Chef of the house this festival season and surprise your family with your newfound talent.
- Find ways to laugh and to spread love to one another! – We all love our family. The question is how often do we really express it. Use these special days to express your love and concern for your family. You may want to start by wishing them in person, or a phone call instead of a text. Kyuki baat karne se hi baat banti hai ☺
I Train Consultants wish you have a good time with your family during this festival time.
Author: Vishal Punetha
Corporate Training Consultant
I Train Consultants India Pvt. Ltd.
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