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Can Anything Good Come Out of This Pandemic?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Fear in its various manifestations visited me during the early months of quarantine.

I would break out in cold sweat as I lay in bed thinking what if the economy collapsed and my savings would lose value. Dread of getting the virus hounded me every time I went into the supermarket and mall for my essential purchases. I rushed my purchases so I could get out soonest.

Eight months into the pandemic and I realize that I am calmer, more rested, sleeping better and overall - a better person to live with.

To deal with anxiety and my unusual food cravings, I embarked on a 365 day yoga journey and to make sure I follow through - I'm blogging every day. Results: I'm more relaxed, eating more moderately and sleeping better. A side benefit is that I'm more open to learning new technology.

To complement my yoga journey, I'm doing mindfulness exercises - an offshoot of taking a Coursera course on mindfulness. Results: I'm enjoying my days a whole lot more, I'm more thankful, and I'm more aware of what's going on in my body and inside of me. This increased awareness enables me correct my movements to avoid tension in certain parts of my body as well as observe my unhealthy default responses to situations (like being defensive).

Living through this pandemic has not been easy yet it has strengthened my character and deepened my faith and dependence on God.

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  • LIS193
    63 days ago
  • 1BLAZER282005
    WOW great blog. I was apprehensive in the beginning also but have now settled into a calm routine with God 🙏 always present. Sending you sunshine 🌞😎 and positive vibes your way Rebecca
    64 days ago
    It has been a scary, uncertain several months.
    I feel less stressed about the pandemic than I did initially. But, I do get frustrated and anxious at times due to conflicting information and our governments failure to recognize the seriousness of this .
    I am getting out more now than I did at first but still being cautious while social distancing and wearing a mask.

    There are unprecedented times.
    64 days ago
    I am working from home and it is problematic. I found it better in the summer - when we were out more - but now that the cooler weather is returning, I suspect I will get depressed again.
    64 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    That's finding the positive in every situation! Good going. We have to remind ourselves of these little benefits. I know that my family talks more, really communicates.
    64 days ago
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