We are going through some interesting times, my friends. Little did we know when 2020 started that this year would bring such challenges as the Corona virus pandemic. There isn’t much we can do right now, rather than accept that this is really happening. We need to try to adjust to the requirements of the present moment, and to make the best out of the situation. Because, no matter what, there is something to be learned, and there is something that can help us evolve in every event that transits our lives. And that also applies to the Covid-19 health crisis.
Unfortunately, I see that the media has done a great job at spreading panic among the masses. And while we need to take some things into consideration in order to protect our health as well as other people’s health, going in a state of despair does not serve us, or anyone else. Yes, we can not live as we have done until recently. Yes, we need to stay indoors and we need to distance ourselves from others. But is that such a bad thing? If you are an extrovert, someone who loves going out and being surrounded by people, your answer might be that yes, this kinda sucks. But I invite you to find the silver lining in this, and to see how this time of solitude and isolation can actually be beneficial.
You get to spend some time with yourself
This is a great time to just be alone with yourself and with your thoughts. Yes, this might be scary for some, but that is what people usually do in order to find themselves: they go to places where they can spend some time in isolation, away from the world. This might be a great time for you to take some time and review your inner world. And, it is free! You do not need to take a flight and go to India. And you do not need to stay in an ashram or to move to the mountains for a while. You can do the introspection work from the intimacy of your own home. Don’t be afraid of what you might find when you go in! You might reconnect with a part of yourself you have been ignoring until now. But that part wants to ‘come back home’ and be acknowledged. Let it in and make peace with it.
You can pamper yourself
Now you have time to do all those things that make you feel good and special: take a bubble bath (if you like baths), put on a face mask, do your nails, blow-dry your hair… We are so used to do these things so that we could impress others. But now, we can switch that view and realise that we deserve to pamper ourselves always, just because.
You get to do a lot of those things you have been postponing
That applies to everything you have been postponing: laundry, house cleaning, re-organising the underwear drawer, washing your hair… And it also applies to things like: books you started to read and never finished, online courses you purchased and never took, starting a yoga practice, writing on your blog (which is what I am doing right now).
You can improve your diet
What better time to start cooking for yourself than now? I know that we can still order food, and I know that there is plenty of junk food available, even during quarantines, but this is the moment when you can cook for yourself, and start paying attention to what you eat. Right now, I am trying to include more fruits and vegetables in my diet, for instance. Also, I try to drink more water, and I try to keep up with my intermittent fasting schedule.
You can catch up with your friends and family
Do you know those friends you haven’t talked to in a while? Now it’s the time to be more in contact with them. Whether it is through messages, through a video call or thorough the social media, this quarantine, in spite of the fact that it is meant to isolate us from each other, has the potential of bringing us closer.
You can allow yourself to just be
And what if you just sat down and did nothing for a change? You can take this time to just exist. There is nothing wrong with that. Allow yourself to disconnect from everything, and just be.
I know that the mind can play tricks on us and make us focus on the worst during times like this, but we can choose to look at things differently. Yes, this is a pandemic, and yes, some people are more vulnerable than others, but this is a time that requires acceptance and resilience, more than it requires panic and paranoia. This is what we are being called to deal with right now, and going in a state of despair will not fix anything. On the contrary, it will make everything worse.
Life has given us the unique opportunity to take a break, to slow down, to rest, to regroup. We can use this time to reassess our lives, to reconnect with our souls, to find ourselves again.