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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