Even though Covid-19 is still very much a part of our present and future, we should focus on what we’ve learned from living in lockdown.
It’s been exactly one year since Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on March 25, 2020.
It has been a time of transformation for all of us, as we have adjusted to life amid a pandemic. Moreover, we all attempted to make peace with unpredictability. For some, this may have been nothing more than a slight annoyance, but for others, it has been a phase of unthinkable catastrophe with life-altering implications.
We’re all trying to figure out how our society has been thrown off. Every day brings a new trauma, a new U-turn, and a new demonstration of Covid-19’s far-reaching effects. No generation is untouched, no part of life is covered, no business is shielded and, for the near future, few things seem certain.
The condition is serious and will remain so for some time, but there are humour and hope in it.
Here are some of the things lockdown has taught me or made me realise:
Spending time with your family is the most precious thing you can do and we all must enjoy it. Watching movies together and cooking different dishes, it’s been a great journey so far. We may not have been able to spend time with our loved ones due to our busy schedule but this pandemic brought us all together. The consequential situation, constant disturbing news on TV and our mobile phones amidst all this made our families feel better.
So much is going on that it is very difficult to describe in words. Lockdown taught us that there are many hobbies which we all leave behind because of our daily schedule. These hard times gave us a chance to get onto those hobbies. From painting to baking we all have done every bit of it sitting at home.
Time is precious
Life has slowed down as a result of the lockdown. Gone are the days when our calendars were jam-packed with meetings and social activities, as well as lengthy commutes crammed into metros or trains. Many of us are saving four hours a day by not driving to work, and we have seen the advantages. While we miss being with our friends and colleagues, the extra time we have saved is proving to be healthy.
Lockdown has provided us with the opportunity to focus on the impact of our hectic work lives on our personal lives and re-establish our goals, resulting in some long-term, positive changes.
Putting our health first
This ongoing race of earning more and more has led to a toxic health loss for many of us. Throughout lockdown, we all have learnt how to give our health a top priority. Exercising and practising yoga has become a part of our daily routines.