Behind the news – A massive challenge

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama visited fever clinics in the Central Division. Picture: Fijian Government/FB Page

It is crystal clear and without an aorta of doubt our country is facing a crisis of unprecedented proportion.

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our economy, our industries, livelihoods, families and our daily survival.

As if that is not enough, only two weeks ago, Cyclone Harold heaped extensive damages here when it ripped parts of Fiji with its category four strength and made many of our families homeless and more vulnerable.

After any disaster, natural or otherwise, getting back on the road to recovery can be a massive challenge.

Picking up the broken pieces can be back-breaking and finding peace and calm when loaded with stress and hardships can be overwhelming.

Plan, rethink and act

With so many competing needs driving us up the walls, an extra tight budget to play around with and many mouths to feed it is a must that we prioritise our needs and responsibilities.

Think of innovative ways of weathering the crisis.

Choose cheaper food alternatives without compromising on quality.

Have a plan of action on how to tackle priorities.

This frees up energy and time we may unnecessarily spend if we do not know what to focus on.

Watch your weight

Lockdowns and curfews means you will have a lot of time on your hand for cooking and kitchen-visiting.

That can directly translate to over-eating.

Without having to feel guilty about being a glutton, you can continue to enjoy full meals by stuffing up with healthy fruits and vegetables, and of course – lots of life-giving water.

Move it

The fact everything around you seems to be grinding to a halt should not mean you take it slow.

One of the ways to snap out of your hibernation mode is to get physical, even within the limited space you have.

Medical experts say as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day can go a long way in keeping trim, fit and healthy.

You don’t need a playing field, a small mat (with some music playing in the background) could be all the space in the world you will need.

Attend to paperwork

Many of us dislike paperwork, especially if numbers on paper denote a domestic expense that’s pending.

However, it is important to bear in mind that attending to paperwork is a normal part of dealing with hard times.

Medical bills, hire purchase records, bank loan statements, rent reminders and utility bills are all types of paperwork that may require our attention at this time.

Straightening out our lives will mean talking closely with our service providers and creditors, filling out forms and discussing new payment options.

Paperwork can also mean accessing special assistance provided by banks and the Fiji Nations Provident Fund.

Read a book

Reading can be wonderful and escape from the stress of everyday life.

By flipping through the pages of a book, you invite yourself into a literary world that distracts you from your daily troubles.

Reading can even relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles.

Make sure you choose something interesting and inspiring, something that won’t add to your depression but will uplift your spirit.

Clean up

The illegality of social gatherings means that you will have most members of the family at home most of the time.

This provides a good opportunity to involve everyone in the “spring cleaning” you’ve always wanted and never had the chance to execute.

This is the perfect family activity because it is fun-filled, boosts family happiness, and encourages everyone to work together.

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