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COVID-19 needs no introduction. It requires no definitions either. It is an ‘alien’ that invaded the world of us mortals roughly 18 months ago and has since overstayed its welcome by refusing to leave. It keeps changing through what is called mutation. And by extension, it keeps changing tactics. The world may hate it, but no one can take the singular quality of resilience that it possesses, away from it. Coronavirus is resilient. Surely, that’s one quality we all need to have if we are to beat it at its game and escape being subsumed.


American Psychological Association defines resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress – such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.”

Everydayhealth.com defines resilience as “the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient does not mean that people don’t experience stress, emotional upheaval, and suffering. …Resilience is important because it gives people the strength needed to process and overcome hardship.”

Psychology today on its part states that “any crisis, such as the coronavirus pandemic, can test resilience. Looking to loved ones for help and emotional support, increasing self-care, and focusing on the aspects of the situation that are under your control can help you weather almost any storm.”

Do all you can to stay connected to inner self, to higher power, whatever shape or form that takes for you.

For those of us in some parts of the world, the vaccine is bringing some relief, but a majority of the population cannot feel the same. As a surviving mortal, how else can we demonstrate resilience in the face of the pandemic? We suggest the following:

  • Don’t worry, be happy (DWBH).

It is natural to go into panic mode and a state of paranoia when issues that threaten stability and health occur. Truth, however, is panic worsens any situation. It takes away one’s ability to control what can be controlled. So, switch to “happy” mode. Think only about things that make you happy. Engage in activities that make you feel good. Sing on top of your voice if you need to. Do dance exercises and other routines at home (since there’s lockdown anyway). Do what you can go stay happy. Stay on the familiar track. Never permit anger and other negative emotions at this time. That could kill faster than even the virus.

  • Stay connected.

To what you may ask? Stay connected to God or your personal higher power, whatever that means to you. Some people find thinking about morals and other positive values give them inner strength. If that is what works for you, by all means, go for it.

It is clear that there is a big problem in the land, and everyone literally is at the point where they acknowledge that their own mortal power isn’t so potent after all. Everything known to man is failing. Lives, jobs, sanity, stability, etc. are being lost. Initially, when it was first declared a pandemic, we all went into a panic mode and as the fatalities increased, fear and paranoia set in. It later snowballed into shock at the devastation. Now, all we wish for is to wake up the next day to see if it was all one bad dream!

Friends, family, intellect, or job, with its false sense of security, all have their limitations. We can’t even go out now for those refreshing family room friendly visitations these days. All around, everyone is committed to the code of “spacious solidarity”. It is like we are all hedged in, on all sides.

But there is a higher power we can count on.

Do all you can to stay connected to inner self, to higher power, whatever shape or form that takes for you.

Do all you can to pray, not for yourself alone, but because our world needs it.

So, keep praying. Keep trusting. Keep looking up.

This article was carefully developed from episodes 111 &112 of the Immigrant Life Podcast.

Kindly share with our online community, your coping mechanisms during this pandemic at https://immigrantlife.ca/community. You can also email us at thrive@immigrantlife.ca.Your questions and comments are welcome.

Written by Yinka Bakare.

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