The year 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade. And as a fresh page, it’s supposed to be a prosperous year for Filipinos. Instead, the new decade surprised us with unwanted visitors and a stretch of horrible events. 

Only a week in 2020, Taal Volcano woke up from its decades of slumber and threatened to destroy Luzon. Not even halfway through the year, the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the country’s economy, tourism, and health system. And amidst the current pandemic, political unrest continues to divide the country’s citizens. 

Some of these events are completely unavoidable, while others are simply inevitable. So, whether we like it or not, our only choice is to survive and stand up for ourselves. 2020 has destroyed so much, and it might take years for the Philippines to rebuild. But we can start rebuilding on our own as early as now. 

Here are the most effective tips to survive 2020 and the year beyond:

Address Your Physical And Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic still looms, and most regions in the county are in quarantine. While at home, take the nationwide’s lockdown as an opportunity to address your health and wellness needs. It’s time to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. Dine-in services and public gatherings are mostly prohibited, anyway, so might as well enjoy the company of healthier food choices from your home’s storage. 

Aside from improving your physical health, keep in mind that your mental health is just as important. If you’re experiencing an elevated level of stress and anxiety during these difficult times, try to de-stress with meditative breathing exercises or other mindfulness techniques. If more serious problems appear, seek help from clinical psychologists online or via phone call. 

Update Your Skillset 

It’s never too late to learn and master a new skill, especially if you have a lot of time in your hands. Enroll in short-term online courses, learn how to bake, play a new instrument, or start a side hustle! Your options are endless, but you might want to rely on your current skill set so you can use your new skill in the future. 

Manage Your Finances Carefully

The pandemic has affected all businesses in the country, so the majority of the Filipino working class is living on a tight budget. This is the most appropriate time to re-evaluate your budget and improve your money management. For now, only buy what’s essential to you and/or your family. If you have extra money, create an emergency fund. 

Stay Informed With Reliable Sources 

Fake news is still rampant on social media, one of the biggest sources of information in the Philippines. In addition to fake news, our timelines are also filled with negative news. To avoid further stress, you can take a break from social media once in a while. But always stay in touch with the latest news from credible sources to gain context on what’s happening in the country. The more you know, the more you can respond to any type of situation rationally. 

Reach Out To Family And Friends 

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is short. During these troubled times, don’t forget to reach out to your friends and family members. Talk to someone, lend an ear, and get support from one another. You don’t have to face this battle alone.