Reasons for Hope: Profiling our National Youth Leaders – Vineeta Gupta (TAS)
Our National Youth Leadership Council is a group of passionate young Australians who are dedicated to making positive change for animals, people and the environment. During the COVID-19 crisis, we asked them to share their thoughts, advice, and reflections. Read more below to get inspired learning how our youth leaders take on crisis and give back.
Vineeta Gupta (TAS)
“Hi, my name’s Vineeta. I’m a university student in my final year and a member of the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia’s National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC). With the current pandemic having changed our idea of normal, there is a lot to complain and be depressed about; and for me, online learning has been a difficult switch to make and the transition has been rough.
“During these times, it is often difficult to find hope, but there are still things that we can do to lift our spirits. Going out on regular walks is something that we should all be doing during COVID times. Being outdoors helps us de-stress, focus, eliminate mental fatigue, and potentially reduce the effects of depression and anxiety; the change of scenery is also a bonus.
“Humans are socially dependent animals, so it’s unsurprising that social distancing has taken a toll on more than just our economy. It’s so important that we stay connected to people. While virtual coffee dates may not be ideal, it’s important that we remember that we’re not alone and that other people are experiencing the same challenges we are. So, plan virtual trivia nights and craft days with friends and family, or go have virtual drinks with colleagues after a day of working from home.
“I believe we will get through this time together, by being kind to ourselves and each other as we learn to navigate our new normal.”
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