• mariana shinouda

It's A Pandemic, Don't Be So Hard on Yourself

Updated: Apr 27

It started with a few weeks off; we all said it's okay, we will take a short break. Then, it went from weeks to months; we realized that our short-term goals would take more time to achieve than we expected but what we did not know is that the universe decided to change our plans altogether.

Months turned into a whole year with no end in sight. Our days are almost the same, and our goals are now not only on hold but are also in question. The confusion is starting to feel a lot like guilt.

Am I wasting my time? Should I be working out? Should I be learning something new? Am I falling behind?

Also, social media is not helping; we see pictures of people working out while we are scrolling with pizza in our hands, knowing damn well, we will feel guilty after eating it anyways.

However, I would like you to know that you are not alone, and social media doesn't in any way reflect the real world. The world is in a pandemic, and it is not your fault. It is entirely normal and okay to gain a few pounds; after all, it is one of few sources of enjoyment. Especially, now that days almost look the same, it is tough to find the motivation to be productive so if all want to do is sit all day watching your favourite TV show, then do it.

What I am trying to say is just hold on and do not judge yourself right now. What you are going through is hard, and no one knows how to deal with it. If today all you did was wake up and make your bed, please be proud of yourself. It takes a lot of effort to even make it out of bed knowing there isn't much going on.

Lastly, if you are questioning your life right now, know it is totally fine to rearrange your priorities or even change them altogether; sometimes, it takes an entire pandemic to realize what you would rather do.

In conclusion, there isn't a guidebook on how to live during a pandemic so just live it day by day doing the best you can but most importantly, do not judge yourself.

You are doing your best.


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