You are frustrated with the uncertainties in a pandemic. Your life has been turned upside down. You yearn for life to return to normal.
Unsettling news is hounding you daily about the latest flu-like disease ravishing the entire globe. You cringe every time people near you sneeze or cough. Being infected would mean a long quarantine if you are lucky. If not, you might be looking at a long struggle with the Angel of Death.
You hate having your routine disrupted. You hate living in fear of falling sick with a risk of death. You hate not knowing what to do next.
You wish the living nightmare plaguing your life would just go away.
The good news is that the nightmare can go away. I know because I have lived through 2 past pandemics: the Sars outbreak that started in 2002 and the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. Unlike my past experiences, I was not adversely affected during the recent coronavirus pandemic. Conversely, I was happily occupied during the lockdowns with numerous opportunities to learn new skills and serve others. I found new meaning in life when many around me were wasting theirs away in despair and complaints.
I was not the only one. I was communicating with like-minded people around the world who have found their mojo in the face of adversities. They were as much an inspiration to me as I was to them.
Here are our time-tested insights:
Tip #1: Intelligence Is The Key
“Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.” — Sun Tzu
You are fighting for your life in a pandemic war. One you cannot afford to lose, for both yourself and your loved ones.
The key to success in war is intelligence. You need to be aware of the movement and intention of the enemy.
Similarly, in the battle against a pandemic, you should identify the most reliable source of local news you have access to and constantly update yourself. Know which areas to avoid, where to get your supplies safely, and invaluable tips on staying safe. If you can spare the time, locate one of two good leaders who share invaluable tips and information with their ward. Their inspiring speeches have positive effects on people and you can benefit just by listening to them.
I have watched the news from around the world during the coronavirus pandemic. I found great inspirational leaders in the New York governor Andrew Cuomo and the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. They were transparent and honest in their regular speeches and updates to the people. Information and advice were timely, well researched, and carried the human touch lacking in many other leaders. Needless to say, I followed them on social media.
Develop your intelligence-gathering suitable to your taste and liking. Intelligence-gathering is an enriching experience to pass your time should you find yourself in a curfew or lockdown.
Tip #2: Prepare to Enjoy Your Homestay
“Don’t depend on the enemy not coming, depend rather on being ready for him.” — Sun Tzu
Imagine yourself completely relax and know exactly what to do in a chaotic society besiege by a pandemic.
It can be a reality.
By doing all the hard work early through thorough preparations, you’ll be the oasis of calm in the sea of mayhem during a pandemic.
Key preparations include:
- Stocking up on essentials, choosing wherever possible those that are long-lasting
- Preparing a comfortable safe place for a long siege
- Planning for meaningful activities to engage in
- Securing communication channels such as the internet or satellite link if needed
- Securing and stocking up on Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”)such as anti-viral masks, protective clothing, sanitizers, rapid test kits, and gloves
Your confidence will soar once you are well-prepared, like the night before a major examination when you are thoroughly prepared. You’ll sleep like a baby while others less prepared suffer through the night in anxiety.
Tip #3: Let Your Enemy In
“Keep your friends close, your enemies even closer.” — Sun Tzu
What? Get yourself infected?
Well, yes but in a controlled manner through vaccination. The new vaccines for an on-going pandemic may not be available yet, but are you vaccinated for past viruses?
Vaccines are small doses of virus injected into your body to train your body’s immune system to fight the virus, with your victory guaranteed.
Get vaccinated for influenza if you have not already done so. It may not be the vaccine against the current strain of the virus, but studies have shown that in countries where the population has been vaccinated against the flu, the rate of infection and deaths were not as high when a new strain of flu virus strikes.
Tip #4: Sweat The Small Stuff
“Sweat more during peace: bleed less during war.” — Sun Tzu
Your body is the battlefield. You need to control the battlefield to win the war.
Regular exercises strengthen the body and increase your resistance to infection. A strong body has a much higher chance of surviving an infection, as worldwide data on the Covid-19 infections were showing. Fatalities were invariably from the weaker part of the population.
Training your body may not be as complicated as you might imagine. Even in the confines of your room, you can remain fit. Home exercises can be simple, effective, and take no more than 20-minutes daily.
Warning on side effects:
Your stress levels will be reduced, You will sleep better at night and your bodily aches and pains will be history.
Tip #5: Eating Your Way To Victory (With Enjoyment)
“A wise general makes a point of foraging of the enemy.” — Sun Tzu
Viruses from past pandemics were transmitted from animals, like the African Swine and the Bird Flu. The Covid-19 outbreak has been rumored to be transmitted from bats.
Eating the wrong food causes diseases and problems for the body. On the other hand, consuming the right natural food will boost your immunity. Nature provides both the poison and the cure. Your job is to forage wisely.
Select scientifically proven health elixir for regular consumption. Regular consumption of these 15 immune boosters can strengthen your body against infections. Not all exotic food from nature is bad for health. You have to forage wisely. Choose the elixir of health, not poison.
Do you know that Bird’s Nests are a science-backed health elixir that has been consumed for centuries by royalties in Asia?
Tip #6: Mind Control
“If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things.” — Sun Tzu
Your mind is a powerful general that must be on your side.
Panic, fear, and anger are the usual responses in a pandemic. Despite the best preparations, humans are susceptible to be influenced by the crowd.
Remaining calm during a pandemic gives you control in a crisis. Practice mindfulness and observe your surroundings. Recognize that fear is irrational once you have made all the necessary preparations suggested in the tips above. Avoid human herd mentality during a pandemic.
One of my favorite methods of calming myself is to listen to soothing music when I am relaxing or inspirational music when I need to write. Find your favorite way to relax and calm your mind. When your mind is in control, you are in control.
Tip #7: Waste Your Night Away
“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” — Sun Tzu
Avoid the danger of worrying your night away during a pandemic. A good night’s sleep is vital for your body defense and mental well-being. “Waste” it away with a night of sound sleep.
A good night’s sleep will invigorate you. You will feel alive and energetic. You will be less grouchy and less susceptible to mood swings and bad decisions.
Sleeping well is crucial for your body to rejuvenate itself. A healthy body and well-rested mind keep you in top form for the day and allow you to engage in productive activities without anxiety or stress. If you are not convinced, read the top 10 benefits of a good night’s sleep.
If you have trouble sleeping, try out these 27 Tips to Sleeping Better At Night.
Tip #8 Don’t Be A Hero
“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight” — Sun Tzu
A picture speaks a thousand words that are distilled into 2 life-saving tips:
- Wear a mask
- Choose the right mask
Choose masks that will cover the nose and mouth. They must be anti-viral masks with the proper certification and going by the names of medical masks, surgical masks, or N-95.
Don’t be a hero during a pandemic by running around crowded places without wearing the right masks. Studies have painfully shown the folly of doing so in many countries where the coronavirus pandemic went out of control, necessitating draconian lockdowns and measures over long periods to bring it back under control.
Be like a ninja, avoid being in crowded places, and move quickly out of enemy territories where the danger of infection looms.
NOTE: In response to numerous requests, I will be writing an article soon on “5 Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) That Can Save Your Life During a Pandemic”. If you wish to be alerted to the publication or have urgent queries about the PPEs, please send your queries and I’ll be happy to get back to you.
You Are Ready To Fight A Pandemic!
Imagine yourself being calm and organized in the midst of pandemic mayhem around you.
Imagine yourself being the go-to person for advice in your neighborhood on how to survive a pandemic.
Imagine yourself being healthy and happily occupied while the world around laments at the drastic change in life.
It’s not a fantasy.
It can be your reality.
The survival tips above are gems from my personal experience of surviving pandemics like the Sars, the bird flu, and the recent Covid-19. Instead of worrying myself sick, I was happily occupied with the creation of helpful blog posts to help others.
In a war, imagine the superpowers who are ready for war. They get to decide where to bring the war to. They are not intimidated by threats and survive crises much better than weaker nations without adequate resources.
Prepare yourself well with the tips given for your battleplan and preparations.
Be a Superpower against pandemics!
Better yet: Screw the pandemic!