These times shall pass too

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Juhi shares their experiences
and tips about overcoming struggles and loss during the pandemic.

– Juhi Aishwary

Happy and colourful days. Bright
summers; going out with friends and family; having fun in our schools and colleges.
Some of you will have planned your vacations and others would have wanted to
spend time with their families but maybe could not because of work. The
pandemic has been a learning experience for many – for instance, showing us
that we need to look after ourselves and try to make the best out of our

I certainly have learned a lot
during the pandemic! I started to feel depressed and tensed due to the pandemic
a month before my exams. I was already feeling rubbish as the pandemic – like
exams – has a knack for making people feel anxious and panicked.

One Sunday morning, I was
watching the news, and there was a report about how people were struggling due
to coronavirus, followed a report about the rising number of cases.
Additionally, I heard from my parents that most of my relatives had been
infected with the virus, with some being in a critical condition. I later
learned that unfortunately two of them had passed away. Hearing all of this
made me feel so scared. I just did not want to do anything. I lost focus on my
studies and constantly thought about all the people in my city who were

Soon, I realized that I went into
depression also that I could not go out. I felt trapped and like I would soon
stop breathing. My parents saw my condition and tried to help me to get out of
it. They spent more time with me, shared inspirational stories and helped me to
navigate my studies. After a while, I started feeling normal again and
eventually that phase went teaching me something.

This period of depression and
struggle taught me how to cope up with difficulties. I realized that many
people were struggling and experience loss too and they can stay strong and
fight their situation however much it hurts. Afterwards, I focused on my
studies and spend some time with my family.

There were some things that I
have integrated into my daily routine which have helped me to come out of my
depression and to make my mind stronger.

I believe these are things which
may help others as well. Exercising daily – for example jogging; yoga can help
in calming the mind and body as well. I also tried to keep studying and focused
my mind on the future after the pandemic is over. I found spending time with
family to be one of the most important things that helped me. In these
unfortunate times no one knows what might happen so we should treasure the
times spend with our loved ones. They can support us when times are tough times
and help us in staying strong. All these things might not help you to
completely deal with the current situation, but it will surely help in passing
the time.

Currently, the pandemic is not
over, but I am still standing strong and looking forward for good days to come,
and I hope that you are able to as well.

You can visit Student Space to explore online resources, access direct support via text, phone, web chat or email and find the support available at your place of study

My name is Juhi Aishwary I am an MBA student at
Coventry University. I am also a London Activities Officer. I am sharing my
story as other students would have had similar experiences and I want to help
people to realise that they are not alone in their struggles.

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