Make this spring season count
28 Sep 2020
It surely must be some good news that the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa appears to be on the decline along with the easing of the national lockdown to Level 1.
This year for many of us has been one of difficulty and stress, from not being able to leave our homes and see our friends and families, to having our work routines disrupted or even having to face the prospect of less work.
The increase in mental health issues during lockdown is well-documented. A survey conducted by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) revealed that 55% of us experienced anxiety and panic, while 40% of people reported feeling depressed. Another 46% percent experienced extra stress from financial pressures due to the precarious state of the economy.
The link between good physical health and a positive mental state is well known. As the warm, bright days of spring make their presence felt, what can we do to feel better and in doing so keep ourselves healthy in an all-round way?
Now that we can see our friends again, contact them and make time for them. Maybe plan a small holiday with your family or friends to a place you had been wishing to go visit during lockdown.
Making these things happen in your life and changing your routine from what you were doing to cope during lockdown is a positive step. These all make a significant difference to your attitude and your normal ability to enjoy life.
"It's important to pay attention to the small details in your life, this includes going for a medical check-up just to make sure you've got your own health affairs in order. Many people have been afraid of hospitals or doctor's offices because of COVID and put these things off until another time. Now is the time to reassure yourself that you're in good shape, and if some things need changing, your doctor is a good person to speak to," says Liberty's Chief Medical Officer Dr Dominque Stott.
About advice, it might be a good idea to have a conversation with your financial adviser to settle any nagging worries you may have about your money, your future and your peace of mind.
Let's face it, we all have money worries, and it's good to have someone to talk to who can offer solutions.
"The value of financial advice cannot be underestimated. If you're struggling with making ends meet, they can help you set up a new plan that will fit your current budget," says Johan Minnie, Group Sales Director at Liberty.
"Advisers have networks and knowledge of what insurance products are available to suit your own way of living now. Everybody's circumstances are different, advisers know this, and they're here to listen and to help."
As the COVID pandemic continues to wind down, you should not need to suffer the after-effects of the lockdown. Make a change, speak to your friends, enjoy time with your family members and get advice from professionals to keep your life on track; and even better, it's springtime.