Numerous Lockdown journeys
Current unprecedented time in our life is getting extended month after month. The number of cases is increasing each day, and so is the unpredictability. This lockdown journey will come to and end or will take a turn only when the valid vaccine comes into force. All is unknown.
We have come a long way to settle and accept this new normal. Emotionally, Physically, exploring culinary skills and most importantly spiritual.
Culinary Lockdown Journey:
Cooking was not my hobby; it is just one of the chores. When the Covid19 lockdown came into force in march, just like everyone we started with one Pot or single pot meals. Vegetable khichdi, dal dhokla, stuffed parathas made most part of our meals.
Then came a time when we were far better settled in our Lockdown Journey, and started experimenting new, never tried dishes. We used to look for dishes and recipes on various food blogs and vlogs and started trying. From samosa, Jalebi to Misthi Doi and Mediterranean dishes. Not just me but most of the WhatsApp status and Facebook, Instagram stories were full of the new culinary experiments.
It was one of our ways to fight the boredom during lockdown. Plus, as no one was allowed to eat outside food, something had to be done at home.
Now we have finally come back to our regular eating style, rather healthier one.
Chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, Kadha and green tea are the new normal for us. I still do experiments but the frequency has gone down considerable.
Physical Journey: Restricted movements and then came Fitness
This Phase of lockdown journey can be divided in to parts, which can further be divided. Physical journey as in the limited physical movement. It was zero for considerable amount of days. Thankfully we live in a city where everything gets delivered at our door steps, neither life nor lifestyle won’t be affected even if we do not step out.
Then came a time when we stood in the queue of circles made outside the local shop, used sanitizer umpteen times till we reach back home with essential supplies. Kept them in balcony for few hours before either washing, sanitizing and cleansing them.
Covid19 has increased this work of washing and drying vegetables, and sanitizing every product. But can’t help it. Safety is more important.
Fitness needs to be brought back in life
Then the Physical journey, is about our fitness. The earlier part went into resting. Wow no school, no travelling to office, no timetables to chase. Wow, so we relaxed physically although in panic.
Then when the cooking journey came into phase two of culinary experimenting, we started gaining weight. SM meme should also be given credit to make us realize that, once the lock down is over, will we be able to get out of our doors, will we fit into our clothes or will we be way fat by then?
Then came a time of self-realization. These thoughts inspired us to get moving. People started wearing masks and go out to walk, cycle or run. We are a little more protective and hence started exercising at home. Its been 2 months of working out and 5 kgs of weight loss till now.
The best part is me and my husband do it together, that gives us some couple time as well as we can inspire each other. I have always been an advocate about couple time. You can quickly catch up on my post here! That ways we are now each other’s gym buddies too.
Emotional Lockdown Journey : The most draining one
When the covid19 cases started increasing in march, we were just back from an awesome beach vacation. This year my husband planned everything so well that I could cut my birthday cake on the Baga Beach. It was like a dream. Can’t thank him enough for it. All 4 of us are water babies, and the vacation made us relaxed and positive.
Within ten days of coming us back lockdown one came into force and we were in state of shock, that what has happened. Every one was scared. Just like everyone we were spending too much time listening to news and social media to see if the virus has reached out city, our sector or our colony or not. Basically, to know how far it is from us.
There was too much bombardment of various studies, analysis, home remedies. All that is still there but now it doesn’t matter much.
The more information the more confusion. One sneeze was enough to put everyone in panic mode. Video calls to relatives, family and friends increased, as everyone wanted to know how the other person is coping up.
We learnt and changed according to the requirement. Started taking all the necessary precautions. And Stopped wasting time on news channels to gather unnecessary information.
Now we are in a phase where we take calculative actions, there is no anxiety anymore. Covid19 is here to stay. For how long, no one has an answer. The best way is to accept the new normal and adjust the lifestyle accordingly.
Spiritual Journey : Peace and Sanity
It’s been more than a decade, that we visit Sai temple every weekend. In ten years, we have hardly missed ten visits. These routine visits in still gratitude and peace for the following week. Even kids learn good things. During the complete lockdown we were unable to go to the temple. It broke the routine.
Everyone has a different way to cope with anxiety, we found a way through meditation. This not only helped us sail smoothly but has brought a lot of positive changes in our personality all together.
All the anxiety and panic brought us closer to spirituality in a new or way unexplored by us. Earlier we had not done meditation on a regular basis. In fact, we didn’t believe in the power of meditation. One of my husband’s acquaintances, introduce us to Isha foundation’s Inner Engineering course. I am sure many of you have done or at least heard about Sadguru. During the lockdown the online course was offered 50% discount on. It is a 7-day course, with a little homework to check if we have understood the part well. Then we followed the course with Isha Kriya a 20 min meditation. The regular practice of meditation, has brought a lot of change in our mental state.
This is Our Journey
You must have wondered why have I written this entire post as ‘We’ and not ‘I’ that is because, this is the journey of both of us. Nikunj and I. we have sailed through the rough sea together and made out journey smooth with support from each other. When I get anxious, he is there to hold me and wipe my tears and when he gets jumpy, I bring him back and keep him grounded. This is our Lockdown journey. With each other for each other, as they say till death does us apart.
No path and no journey is a straight line, its a sinusoidal. when it hits low, it is destined to go up again.
Don’t forget to share, Which all journeys you took during last 6 months?
‘This blog post is part of SpeakEasy Blogging Challenge by Dipika and Ruchi.’