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By FIKILE NOMADLOZI

We are currently not living under normal times and this can escalate emotional stress to both the young and old. Surely this conundrum we find ourselves in is not easy to deal with but you can help the situation. There is some silver lining to it. You can make the best out of this stressful situation. This article serves to shed some positivity to the ‘youngins.’

The first step to positivity in this whole thing is to keep a positive mind, remember why this lockdown is important. In as much as we are sitting home in our PJs all day, we are playing a hug role; fighting and contributing to flatten the curve of COVID-19. We are seriously fighting a war. See yourselves as the Mbuya Nehanda and Sekuru Kaguvi’s of this time, protecting our nation.

Another thing, remember that you’re not the only one going through this, everyone is. Your friends, family, neighbours…everyone is going through this. Usually, with some of the youngsters it feels unfair that you can’t do what your peers are doing. But in this case relax, you’re not missing out on anything. No one is going out for movies or ice cream dates. Everyone is home. That should at least bring you some comfort.

Here are a few things that can keep you going through this quarantine:

  • Do your school work or your work work. If you’re employed and it is possible to work from home then go for it. You have all the time to do this, it’s not like you’re going anywhere. Study and do your work, that should keep your mind occupied. If you get tired, you have your bed nearby, you can always sleep.

 

  • If you’re a gym person, good for you. Working out from home shouldn’t be that big of a deal. If like me, you have never set foot in a gym this is a perfect time to work out from home. You’re not looking at being brutal, but just to sweat a little and have fun while at it. I mean there is no gym instructor to make it hectic, so it should be fun. I have worked out from home before but that is like 3-4 years back. Its been nice going back to it. Hopefully it lasts even after the lockdown. Exercising has that ‘feel good’ element in it. Try it!

 

  • This is outside your work and studies. This is a great opportunity to be a student of life. Read around different topics. It doesn’t have to be hectic staff. It could be reading about benefits of drinking warm water every morning. Or better yet, read about this pandemic for awareness and measures of protecting yourself. However, be careful of the information that you’re reading or listening to. It is better to read from trusted sources like the World Health Organization site.

 

  • Try something that you’ve always wanted to. If you have something that you have always wanted to try out and you never got the time, this is the perfect time to do it. This is of course something that you can do at home. This could be trying out cooking and baking recipes, gardening, whatever really. I for one have done something that l have always wanted to do which is to drink warm water every morning. Before the lockdown I didn’t do it every morning because sometimes you wake up late and you have to skip some things in your morning routine. But now l have all the time in the world to drip warm water…I am not rushing anywhere!

There is a lot that yall can do during this time. This is just a little of it. In the midst of all of all this, do not forget to check on your friends and family. Ask them how they are doing and surviving this lockdown; you might get some ideas of what do from them as well.

In the meantime, let’s keep safe and stay at home.

FIKILE is a tutorial assistant at The National University of Science and Technology in the department of Publishing Studies. She’s loved writing from high school. Her first published work however, was in 2018 a co-authored novel titled The Curse of Red Bottom Heels. She wrote this piece to encourage young people not to despair but actually make the best out of any situation. FIKILE encourages young people using her personal perspectives and hopes it makes a difference.