Russia - Halifax
Art by Emily Honderich
Victoria Shulga story
Victoria Shulga immigrated to Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and three kids in 2016. Originally from Russia, she now lives in Halifax, writes a blog focusing on travel and immigration. She works from home and, as an entrepreneur, plans to launch a few projects.
Stay positive and appreciate every day
To be honest, I never expected anything like the COVID pandemic, or the quarantine could ever happen.
If someone had told me last year that we would be staying at home coping with anxiety and uncertainty because of the unknown disease spreading around the world like wildfire, I would never have believed this person!
And yet it happened.
The very first two weeks seemed surreal to me. I just couldn’t believe it was happening.
Later, when businesses started to shut down, people had to stay at home, people lost their jobs, and with all the news about so many people around the world suffering and dying from the virus, I started feeling anxious. I felt trapped, stressed, almost panicked because I understood that it’s a real pandemic, and nobody knows when and how it will end.
It took quite a lot of effort, self-discipline, and support from my family to handle my bad feelings and anxiety about the situation.
Now I know how lucky I am, and I can’t complain because no one in my family here in Canada and back in Russia, where my parents and my brother live, got sick. I try to stay positive in these anxious times and appreciate each day very much.
"If someone had told me last year that we would be staying at home coping with anxiety and uncertainty because of the unknown disease spreading around the world like wildfire, I would never have believed this person!"