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Pandemic and Life: How to Change and Survive

Updated on April 24, 2020
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Deepa is a freelance researcher and journalist. She writes and makes documentaries and videos.

Wherever you look, there is only doom and gloom. How to survive and sustain in this depressing time is the existential question of this new normal. Here are some ways straight ahead.

  1. Farming

Farming is an activity that links us to our basic connection with life and earth. It is not just for producing food or other essential goods that we do farming. Farming has a great psychological impact as it feeds into the generational memories of survival, discovery, and the joy of watching life emerge. It is a great way to ensure food safety and nutritional safety. Who knows, it may also grow into a supplementary income-generating activity for you.

  1. Rearing livestock

Have you ever seen a goat graze in close quarters? Simply watching that can be one of the most relaxing activities on earth plus it gives you a livelihood. Rearing cows, goats, or poultry also meets your nutritional needs at a low cost. It keeps you engaged and connected to the living world. Animals are such amazing companions when it comes to surviving social isolation.

  1. Decorating your living space

This can be done using live plants, pictures, beautiful objects and many other mundane things that you find are worth recycling into beautiful and lively craft projects. Let there be more color, beauty, and pleasant things around you.

  1. Make a soft pillow

Shred into small pieces, all the old and useless clothing material that you have. Take a pillow cover and fill it up with these shreds. Stich it up. While anxiety about the pandemic is disturbing your sleep, this soft and washable pillow can give you a good night’s sleep. Also, you will have recycled something that was lying unused so far into a long-lasting useful thing.

  1. Meditate beautiful landscapes

A sense of vastness is what exactly you need during these claustrophobic, stay-at-home times. Simply close your eyes and imagine you are standing beside a beautiful waterfall, a scenic meadow. You will find yourself more relaxed when you open your eyes.

  1. Learn singing

Not everyone can sing. However, singing is also an acquired skill. You can improve your singing with a little practice. Try this out and you will be amazed at the results.

  1. Walking to music

Play some music that you love and just pace across the room matching its rhythm. This can be a wonderful exercise and mind soothing activity. The synchronization that music and your pace bring about, will help you enjoy the music in a deeper and more meaningful way.

  1. Minimalism

You have been so far living a consumeristic life. So many things that you never actually needed were made part of your daily life as very essential things, by the market, mainly. However, you do not need many of them to live a healthy and happy life. So, cultivate a mindset that dwells in minimalism and the joys of a frugal life.

  1. Wake up early

Sunrise is a time that fills you with hope. Bathe in the morning rays of light, which is good for body and mind.

  1. Observe yourself

Take some time daily to think about what you have been doing the whole day and what you have been thinking and feeling. This kind of stock-taking can help you put your life in a clear perspective, which will help you plan and make the right choices.

  1. Find a new rhythm to your life

Just try to rearrange your routine activities so that they feel more harmonious. You should have a feeling that life flows seamlessly. Try to connect with your biological clock once again by synchronizing your activities with it. Wake up when the first rays of sunlight emerge and sleep soon after when it gets dark. This is the life cycle that we are intended by nature to follow.

Last but not least, it is through self-discipline and ritualistic routines that our ancestors found meaning to life. In times when people lived their entire lives in the same place, when there were no easy modes of transportation and communication, people were happy and at peace because they had this great connection with nature and its seasons and cycles. This is the very wisdom of life.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Deepa


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