“People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.” – Eckhart Tolle 

These last few months has taken a toll on just about every single person on this planet. Avoiding thinking of the setbacks that have transpired during this time is easier said than done. But why should we focus all our energy on the negativity surrounding our inability to change the status quo? 

This was something that I personally had to come to grips with. Often times, many of my hobbies were reliant on being outside and interacting with other people. Adjusting to living life indoors has pushed me to reignite hobbies I once had. Whether it is doing Sudoku, colouring, producing music or finding solace in a fiction book, I finally feel at ease with making an effort to make the most of my day and not dwell on the uncertainty of the future.

A simple virtue I try my best to follow every day is to do something that activates my mind, body and maintains overall happiness. Whilst it is important to keep up to date with the news, I do find it beneficial to read fiction to escape the current reality. For my mind, I attempt to read one chapter a day on top of the news articles I normally read throughout the day. The fiction books I have read so far are, John Grisham’s, The Guardians and Nicole Dennis-Benn’s, Patsy

Second, to keep my body in shape and released from tension, I do yoga or pilates, go for a run or a hike, and do indoor exercises. Before the quarantine, I was an avid gym goer, where I predominantly did weights and used cardio machines. Staying indoors has made me find comfort in stretching and calming my body through yoga and pilates — a form of exercise I was not particularly fond of in the past. 

Lastly, to maintain overall happiness I engage in different activities that bring a genuine smile across my face. It normally entails trying out new recipes, having long virtual conversations with family and friends, wrapping myself in a blanket like a burrito whilst watching Netflix or trying out new hairstyles and makeup trends. 

In this time, I also think it is important to remember that nostalgia of life before the pandemic can be seductive in the way where we yearn for it and avoid accepting the harsh reality. Regardless, we are all experiencing some form of impediment because of COVID-19, and as a result, are developing a unique bond to work collectively to subvert the stress it has put on all of us.

Let’s focus on being productive on a daily basis, taking time out when we need to, and most importantly staying safe and following the advice of health professionals and our respective governments.

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