• Atisha Sooklall

Staying sane during Covid 19

It’s been 4 weeks since my husband and I have been on lockdown together. I imagined that we would have had many fights and would have ignored each other for a few days. But it’s actually been going the opposite of what I had imagined, as it’s going really well. We have had more time to reconnect, enjoy the simpler things of having breakfast together and catching up on random topics. Like the other day we were talking about why birds don’t get electrocuted when they sit on a power line? Well the electrons don’t move through their bodies and there’s no closed circuit so they don’t get electrocuted…go figure…

So what have we been doing to keep ourselves busy during this lockdown? The biggest task has been eating. Pancakes, chocolate brownies, chocolate cake, poached eggs, garlic prawns, butter chicken, chili, and so much more. As I’m sure all of you will agree, this lockdown has proven that you can still get fat with fresh home-cooked meals. I think it’s cause of all the love that goes into preparing the meals.

Aside from eating, we have been exercising, there must be ying to yang, although I’m pretty sure ours is out of balance because the food side is definitely winning. Luckily we have a park that’s just a 3 min walk from home so every afternoon we set out and do a 3 km walk. The change of scenery and fresh air makes the world of difference from being stuck indoors all day.

I’ve also found a fun dance routine to get my body moving for at least 30 min a day. I try to do this every second day, its really hard to stay motivated to exercise, especially when you could be eating popcorn and watching Netflix. What I have committed to though is 5 min of yoga every morning. I have found 10 poses that work for me, hold each pose for 30 seconds, concentrate on your breathing, and the 5 mins is over before you know it. I found playing some relaxing chakra or meditation music in the background helps to calm the body while you stretch. Always in a rush to get to work, we miss out on such activities which can add so much value to the rest of the day, just 5 mins of stretching can make you feel so much lighter and fresher. Let me know if you are interested in attempting the dance routine or yoga and I will gladly share the links with you.

At the beginning of the lockdown, I posted a self-care during Covid list that had 5 items on it. I am proud to say that I have practiced each and every one.

Makeup detox – I haven’t used any makeup since the lockdown, I have also experimented with some DIY home masks, which even my husband was happy to try. Exercise - I was also the cynic that didn’t have time for such things, or rather I was missing the motivation, but now that I'm actually exercising, stretching, and practicing self-care, I find myself feeling less tired and more inspired. Technology detox – Doing this for at least 30 min a day when we go on our afternoon walk. Appreciate each other – I guess this is why everything is going well. My husband and I appreciate each other and everything we do for each other, whether It's cleaning the house together or cooking a meal. Everything is easier when you are on the same side. Read a book – I have been a busy bee with this topic and will publish some book reviews soon.

Aside from the above, we have also been studying, online courses in each of our respective fields. There is no better way to keep your brain active and sane than to learn something new. Its always difficult to work and study, hence we have been using this time as a blessing to catch up on some needed further education.

I know for most of us, this time hasn’t been easy. Isolation is tough, especially if you are a social person. And for some of us, just waking up each day has been a task in itself. But every cloud has a silver lining, this experience has taught us not to take anything for granted, not even a quarter chicken from Nandos. We even had to learn how to DIY that chicken. But I guess the world has realized that something has to change, the environment is sending us a message, we have learned that we can work from home, the traditional ways of doing things are over and basically this time has taught us that we are stronger than we taught we are and we can do anything we want to do.

Catch up soon, another day with another story…

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