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unsung saviours during covid-19

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By: Sangeeta Maheshwari

      Certified Metaphysics Practioner

      Author | Inner-Happiness Mentor

Our Icon is Janelle Berridge, a registered nurse on the cardiopulmonary floor at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York. She received a Bachelor of Science from New York University and a Master of Science from Columbia University and is a Doctoral candidate in 2020. She has been working as a nurse for the past four years in private nursing care, hospice care, and the COVID-19 hotline for New York Presbyterian.


Compassion and empathy were the way of living for Janelle and her family during this period, as they had to make some tough decisions of social distancing even during personal illness, for the larger interest of the family and humanity.



It is my honor to interview her and get deeper insights along with some regrets as a frontline health professional during the current pandemic.



  1. It is important to focus on understanding the transmission of diseases and integrate daily hygiene habits.

  2. It is essential to adapt to a virtual world as a way of going forward. 

  3. Focus on Mental Health is of paramount importance, especially after the isolation, quarantine and losses of life people have experienced.

  4. Appreciate simple gestures like sharing a meal with your parents or friends.

  5. Prioritize your life with your work, family, and health and value social support system.

  1. When we had real-time classes, I did not value them as much as I do today. I wish I had! I have learned to appreciate more of what I have.

  2. I took many things for granted. I wish I had spent more time celebrating small acts like having a coffee with a friend or meeting my parents more often.

Listening to her experiences, insights and learning, we see that every cloud has a silver lining. While there has been so much suffering, there is deeper learning to be embraced, by shifting to introspective living. We have witnessed the importance of healthy life more than ever as we faced the fear of ‘survival of the fittest’. Health is a holistic approach that encompasses physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. We need to invest in deeper relationships with ourselves and others to live our life more mindfully and joyfully to create a new, safer world for ourselves.

Prioritize life with work, family, and health and value social support system. -Janelle Berridge




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