The COVID 19 pandemic has hit the whole world so hard and changed so many things. It left many people desiring for the pre-pandemic days.
And that desire is only straining our mental health, nothing else.
According to Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, who is CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts and author of a book about adapting to new abnormal of the COVID 19 said, “Our mind is very eager to get back to normal, to get back to January 2020.”
But, sadly it is not possible. Some losses in recent months are permanent. Meanwhile, the very dark cloud of Coronavirus risk will continue to linger, maybe for years.
Different meanings of Normal for different people
Normality is described differently by different people. Sadly, for thousands of American people normal may mean a pre-pandemic life which includes their loved ones who have died due to Coronavirus.
For some Americans, normal means restored health and financial stability. For others, normal may mean as a world with concerts and gatherings, hugs, and handshakes.
Thinking of Normal life is like a fantasy
New York University psychology professor, Gabriele Oettingen said, there is nothing wrong in hoping for a better and more stable future. But it is important to realize that is more of a fantasy for now.
As for now, the daily life, while fighting with this highly dangerous virus, is described as Cases are rising daily, President is sick and the death toll is as comparable to the some of our tragic wars.
Life will not return to Normal overnight
However, that’s will not be the case in the future. Tsipursky described a future where effective Coronavirus vaccine and treatment will slowly reduce down the cases and the deaths over years. But that doesn’t mean that everything will return to normal as it was in pre-pandemic days. It will take time to return to normal.
As long as the virus continues to spread, some previous normal life activities like going to a bar, attending a crowded concert, or even hosting a family gathering over the holidays will continue to come with significant risks. And these risks aren’t to your health only but your family and the loved ones also.
Accept the reality and be happy
So, it’s high time to accept the current situation and live with this virus taking over our normal lives. We have to accept the fact that this virus is not going to vanish overnight and we should stop thinking that Conditions will become normal overnight.
We need to adjust our expectations and live in the reality. And that’s how we can live a happier life in COVID 19 pandemic without straining our mental health.