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The Free Time in your Lockdown

Updated on April 24, 2020
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An Energy healer and a published author of contemporary fiction books.

Introduction

Most of humanity around the world is in the lockdown courtesy a virus. This micro-organism has a diameter of a mere 120 nm but can cause respiratory tract infections that can range from mild to lethal.

While our Biochemists worldwide are looking for an antidote, we can do our part of staying home and protecting not only ourselves but also the people around us. After all, Prevention by severing the chain is the only immediate solution. And we have to be the custodians of our bodies by managing our health and illness.



What to do in your Free Time?

With no commuting, time is in plenty. Although many continue to work as their jobs have moved to their home address.


These days going on any social media site is a bore since people have not much of an adventure to share. Although, one could get inspired by the cooking pictures that some display. Delve into a particular recipe and surprise yourself. After all, 'Made at Home' is the mantra for these days!


Making health a priority is vital these days—time to go inwards. Meditation, Yoga, Breathing exercises, Going for walks with the mask; adopting a healthy diet can help nurture your body and soul.


To be in gratitude for all who are serving us, such as the medical professionals, delivery people, farmers, and all the essential service people can be very grounding since headlines of death and infection have been surfacing since the beginning of 2020. The above heroes continue to serve our planet while risking their own lives.


This is also the time to dig into your to-do list that could have gathered dust over the years. "No Time" used to be our excuse. If we don't pick up that list now, then we better shred it goodbye since the Universe is giving us ample time that we had ever wanted.


I am busy finishing up my current manuscript while I continue to work on remote energy healing sessions with my clientele. My to-do list comprises a list of books to read. I have to fill color on some empty canvases, listen to Vedanta talks, make a curriculum for my online energy medicine course.

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else."

Lawrence J. Peter

We need goals to keep us going every day. Those who have no purpose in life tend to collapse or waste their meaningful life into a meaningless one. Spring-clean your closets or a space that has been gathering dust since you moved in.

Make a goal for each day. It's not complicated. It just needs a little bit of attention. Make a list of what you desire. That allows you to be mindful.


No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank



“At the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Denzel Washington

Many non-profit organizations are asking for money so that they can either help the medical teams with their supplies or the underprivileged with food since the stay at home call has impacted small businesses. Doing our bit by lifting others can make us rise.


Life is a boomerang. What you give you get. Anonymous



Last but not the least important is Entertainment.

Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube can give you company when the mind refuses to give you any outlet. Time to catch up all the movies on your list.


Entertainment alleviates the fear of life, but art vanquishes the fear of death.

Dean Cavanagh


Entertainment is a sacred pursuit when done well. When done well, it raises the quality of human life.

Michael Chabon



No doubt times are challenging. But we humans are an intelligent race and can rise beyond our limitations. Let's make the most of this present time with family and not be distracted by the melodrama and hysteria around us. Nothing is constant, and soon when this phase shall pass, we don't want to lament over the time not spent. So, let's gather our wits and try to be in the present.


Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.

― Marcus Aurelius




Music to calm those nerves

How are you spending MOST of your time while in lockdown?

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© 2020 Ruchira

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    • bhattuc profile image

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      14 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice one. Creative use of time is the need of hour during Covid-19.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      14 months ago from Dubai

      You have given great suggestions on things to do during this lockdown. The virus is wreaking havoc, and we must do our part to stay safe and help others in any way we can. I loved your opening image; the image says it all. Great to see you here Ruchira, stay safe.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Well said. This is a God-given time for some serious introspection and extrospection we all need to do as a human race. I connect the picture in this article with this thought.

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      Genna East 

      15 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ruchira...

      I like your illustration and caption..."The World is closed for renovation..."

      I'm working from home, so many of my hours are filled. Actually, I don't mind the long hours right now. We're trying to keep the company where I work open to keep some of the staff working, and bring people back from layoff while trying to find ways to pay for their health insurance in the interim during the length of their layoff.

      Long walks with face masks, and sometimes a weekend drive to the beach with friends in our separate cars just to connect with distancing relieves some of the stress. (Whenever we see someone in public service -- such as police and so forth -- we always smile and wave.) Face-timing with family in Colorado and San Francisco helps as well.

      Wishing you good spirits and health. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      We seem to be as busy as always, but just doing some other things at the moment. Our list remains long. I wish you good health and safety as well as happiness during these crazy times.

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      Ruchira 

      15 months ago from United States

      Hi Bill, Paula, FlourishAnyway, Eric,

      Lovely to know that you all are doing well in spirits and health. Thank you for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      I’ve been cooking with my daughter and nephew who has been staying with us, cleaning, doing puzzles, crocheting, learning to knit (not going great), walking, sleeping, and trying random new things. Thanks for this list. I especially liked the quotes. I’ve written a big check to my favorite charity, a low cost nonprofit spay/neuter clinic.

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      Suzie 

      15 months ago from Carson City

      Ruchira......WOW, girl! What a Lovely new photo! You're beautiful, my friend. And I must stress that this article is GREAT. You bring out all the important issues as well as common sense practices we've all been following.

      I have not wasted a moment. Believe me, I'm making the productive most of our lock-down time! Take care & Thanks for this terrific read! Paula

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I suggest, No demand, you not send this to my partner. If she has anymore "fun" stuff to do I will collapse. ;-)

      My neighbors and I are having a blast. We pointed out what was wrong with our respective yards and are competing. Talk about fun. I keep losing though :-) It is all my son's fault. hihihihi

      Good to hear from you.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to hear from you, Ruchira! Honestly, I don't have any problem staying busy. My to-do list will never be finished in this lifetime. lol

    • Ruchira profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruchira 

      15 months ago from United States

      Hi Ruby,

      How have you been, dear? Trust you keeping sane during these times. Thank you for the share and dropping by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ruchira, long time no see. Your article is full of suggestions to get busy doing things you enjoy. Really getting bored is a waste of time. Sit down and write or clean house, or cook something you've wanted to cook but didn't have the time. Thanks for the share.

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