Jewels of happy times dazzled her cache of memories.
Her persona emanated a sprightly laughter,
until the pandemic struck.
Locked down within the four walls,
online, virtual space conquered her life.
With friends and family imprisoned on the screen
tentacles of loneliness clasped her breath.
Silent voices screamed within her head,
with thoughts, lost in the labyrinth of anxiety.
Her once effervescent soul, today is anemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced schools, colleges and educational institutions to shut down since March last year. At an age when the primary fulfilling factor is interaction with classmates and enjoying school-life, a shutdown has wreaked havoc in the daily life of students. We have seen an alarming rise in the mental health problems faced by them. Acknowledging this issue with timely treatment can make a significant difference in helping them cope better with the situation.
Lock down has forced people to think of different ways to keep themselves creatively occupied. Be it reading, writing, cooking, a hobby, giving their home a makeover, are all on their ” to do lists” right now. Connecting back seems to be the underlying commonality between the various interests that people are pursuing. Basically they are returning to the roots, connecting better with nature, enjoying the sounds of chirps and chimes, (thanks to the absence of the loud honks), indulging in some soul therapy, rekindling long forgotten memories and bonding with family.
Hope we continue this connect, post this testing time for us.