Stay fit: Lesson from the pandemic

Name: Palkar Preetam Pandurang

AISSMS College of Pharmacy
S.Y. M.Pharm (Pharmacology)


“You can’t control what’s going on outside, but you CAN control what goes on inside.”

COVID-19″ is the word we have been bombarded with for the past year. This global pandemic has affected over 136 million people worldwide and continues. But every setback is a setup for a comeback. This world crisis has proved that nothing is more important than one’s well-being. Being healthy is real wealth, not money or pieces of gold or silver.

Even those who had a lot of wealth could not evade infection and death. Then what is the point of running after money or ignoring health? According to the WHO, individuals with pre-existing disorders like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory issues are at a higher risk of having COVID-19 as compared to people with robust immunity.

We are what we repeatedly do.

This pandemic has given us a valuable lesson about heading towards more self-care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy not only implies building our body physically but also a good diet, being mentally fit and building immunity also counts equally. Take small steps every day. Start with light exercise for 20-30 minutes, eat fresh unprocessed foods, stay hydrated, cut the amount of fat, oil, and sugar, and don’t compromise on sleep. According to a survey, COVID-19 itself can lead to neurological and mental complications. As soon as you feel that depression is kicking in,



Go outside and run around, dance, exercise, move your arms all weird like a jellyfish…… I’m not sure how you do it but just move and connect with nature. Let your heart race and your soul feel the freedom.

Life is a novel whose each chapter is written every day.

We, as humans, have faced a lot of challenges in this pandemic. Some lost their loved ones, while some went through a financial crisis, but somewhere or the other, everyone made a stronger comeback. People have started giving importance to self and public hygiene, and while more medical facilities have been developed, the government has also started investing more in public health systems. Many people have acquired new skills and also revived their lost hobbies. Social media was flooded with “Dalgona coffee” and homemade cakes. The number of COVID patients was rising, and there was a fearful atmosphere around them, which brought everyone closer. People have started valuing their families and friends by keeping all their grudges at bay.

Life can’t be a piece of cake every time. We have to appreciate ourselves and everything around us. Be grateful. It is normal to come across obstacles. That’s how we grow when we overcome challenges. People across the world are now rapidly adopting healthier food options with a focus on increasing immunity and maintaining mental health. This is indeed a silver lining that the pandemic has given to our lives.