Finding Hope Amongst Uncertainty

The last two years of the Covid-19 pandemic have been undoubtedly life-changing for all of us.

We have been living in unrelenting uncertainty, separated from our friends and family who we often depend on for support during our hardest hours.

When you consider your ‘health’, what springs to mind?

Take a moment.

Generally, we think of our physical body before we consider our mental and emotional wellbeing.

And yet, ironically, our inner wellbeing is what dictates our ability to navigate the world around us. It influences our physical health, coping mechanisms, social connections- everything.

Did you know that anxiety and depression are actually two of the most common, and debilitating, health crises we face? And yet, protecting our mental health is vital for protecting our ability to feel the one thing we’ve all needed throughout this pandemic- hope.

When I think of my own story, the lockdown (and moving away from London) completely changed my life. I was about to quit sports, social events, all my social media activities, and I was suffering from severe anxiety and depression. I didn’t want to see anyone, or for anyone to see me.

Loneliness, in itself, is an epidemic. And millions of us have now truly experienced it for the first time in our lives.

When it comes to improving our health, we’re fortunate enough to have a wealth of available advice at our fingertips; but information overload can often feel confusing and overwhelming to anyone suffering from their mental and emotional wellbeing.

Our generation is under so much pressure to use social media platforms as a way of perpetuating the cycle of perfection we’ve come to expect in society; it only makes it harder for us all to be openly okay with not being okay.

So, how do we get back up when we’ve fallen down?

By never quitting.

Finding the strength to get back up means working one step at a time, every day, to help move ourselves towards a better place. The only time we have no chance left at all is when we have given up believing it is possible.

James Clear wrote a book called Atomic Habits where he states that ‘habits are the compound of self-improvement.’ i.e. the small and consistent things we do are the ones that reap the biggest results in the long run.

What I mean by this, is that we can all do one small thing a day that gives us hope for feeling better in the long run. After all, little by little, a little becomes a lot!

Perhaps it means taking a shower, reading one page of a book, or going for a walk. Perhaps it means just making your bed.

Daily practices and small wins are what help us to build momentum, and give us hope that we’re capable of being okay. They help us to trust that those gloomy days can pass.

I really believe in honoring our struggles. If we didn’t face adversity, we would never learn how strong and capable we are.

Our struggles help us to become better people and when we come together in the hardest times we can learn to connect and help others too.

Remember, there is always a way through and none of us should feel alone. We need to ask for help, trust in those around us, and choose small steps to take every day.

What are your three small goals for the day?

I am finally looking ahead, with hope, to the bigger picture and what 2022 has to offer me.

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Jarnail Singh

Construction from London


Club: Run Dem Crew (Track East,Chasinglights Collectives)

My Disciplines
Fitness Strength training 10 KM Half marathon Marathon

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