South Africans are having to adapt to a new way of living due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has sent many of us spiralling whilst trying to figure out what exactly is “normal”?
We caught up with Actress, Nicole Bessick, who shines a light on this topic and hopes to inspire those around her and help them navigate their way through this difficult time.
South African audiences will know her best for her work as Chloe on the hit ETV telenovela, Broken Vows; Xenia Samuels on Binnelanders; and Britney on the IGTV drama series, Lockdown Heights.
Here’s what she had to say:
Suggestion 1: Focus on YOU
Why you recommend it: We are amidst an unprecedented, global pandemic. This is NOT a productivity contest. I’ve seen this on social media far too frequently and personally and I find it incredibly disappointing. If you’re able to soldier through lockdown and acquire a new skill along the way… that’s great. But for those who are only able to make it out in one piece… let me tell you, YOU HAVE WON, TOO! Don’t use someone else’s curated Instagram content as a benchmark… no one is posting about their bad days!
Suggestion 2: Set achievable goals and settle into a routine.
Why you recommend it: Once you’ve established exactly what your goals are… ditch the pyjamas and get ready for work as you would on a normal day. Getting too comfortable will negatively impact your productivity and motivation. Make a to-do list, prioritize your tasks and watch that productivity SOAR!
Suggestion 3: Exercise.
Why you recommend it: Being sedentary is bad for your physical and mental health, so staying active during this difficult time is important. Being physically active helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol and can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Suggestion 4: Soul food.
Why you recommend it: Social isolation impacts our wellbeing and mental health. Don’t forget to indulge in some self-care and self-centering! Think meditation, face masks, reading a book and really big cups of tea!
Suggestion 5: Check in with family and friends.
Why you recommend it: Spread the love and stay bonded! Let’s help our loved ones through this trying time by checking in with them every day, especially those who are in isolation on their own. And while you’re at it… return those phone calls and texts you’ve been meaning to get to. That aunt, that colleague, that friend who texts 20 times a day that you’ve been meaning to get back to… you know who they are! Let’s connect and care for one another. We’re gonna get through this!
With all that is going on in the world, we hope everyone adopts a little bit of Nicole’s positive light and attitude.