COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has made uncertainty and fears the new normal of our lives. We are living through an everyday version of ‘Cabin fever’. Cabin fever is defined as distressed, claustrophobic, irritability or restlessness, experienced when a personal group is stuck at an isolated location or in a confined quarter for an extended time.
Likewise, we are spending time inside our houses and our minds, more than ever before witnessed.
We are unable to recognize how our fears are out of place. that is how anxiety is turning into anger and panic into pain.
Statistically, we can easily appreciate now the recovered cases being around six million people. the number of death all around the world is less than two million people.
Optimistically speaking, the survival rate for this lethal pandemic is two out of three of the affected people.
Slowly the lockdown impositions in a few countries are alleviated, allowing people to fall back into previous patterns.
We need to reiterate the fact that we cannot go back to similar patterns of our life. Because these are the triggers that bought such a huge crisis in the first place.
At times like these, flaws in society get revealed for just how broken they are. It tears apart the fabric of normalcy. Through the hole that we can see various possibilities humanity can lead to.
‘The season of failure is the best time for sowing seeds’ – Paramhansa
The global flu epidemic (1918) national health services in many European countries. Crises of the Great Depression and the second world staged for the modern welfare state.
Few lifelong tips from Yogic perspective post COVID-19
It has taken a pandemic for people to realize the enthralling power of mindfulness.
In 2010, Harvard researched 5000 minds from 80 countries stating our minds were wandering 47% of the time therefore also concluding that we tend to be less happy when our mind wanders.
Additionally being consciously aware of the present moment helps us live with the perspective you have never experienced before.
Yoga encourages you to practice letting go – of events you cannot control, of thoughts that no longer serve you, and majorly of thinking patterns that are not conducive to your physical health and spiritual well-being. These add immense value to the present.
2 – Minimalism
Lockdown granted access only for the essential items. We can appreciate how global economies are crashing since we’re only buying what we need. Above, all minimalism here refers to clearing the tangible and intangible items out of your life.
Practicing minimalism is for materialistic items and about getting rid of old habits, patterns, negative emotions. Sadly even few people add to the clutter.
This shall simplify your life, provide clarity of purpose and help you lead a meaningful life. Saving up on finances shall just become the by-product of these habits.
3 – Gratitude
Realizing you are safe at home, not stuck at home is the biggest step to be grateful in these tough times.
It is this shift of mindset which we need vehemently to not get triggered by the fatal news and media around.
From improving physical to emotional well being it enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
4 – Immunity
In these unprecedented times, the World Health Organisation has stated that our innate immunity plays an important role in fighting with the novel COVID 19. No medicine and vaccines are invented yet.
Fitness and a healthy diet build up a strong immunity to keep the ailments away. Yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand. Yoga is an age-old secret for staying physically and mentally rejuvenated. Ayurveda explains how age-old practices can be helpful for increasing immunity. You can read our previous blog for more insight.
As famously said, we need to follow ‘let food be thy medicine’.
We need to rethink, re-evaluate and reinforce our lives in such a way after the lockdown, that a crisis like that can be averted in the future.
We need to constructively work on it as a society and deliver efforts individually.
Pascal famously stated –
“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”
We can only hope to solve these.