It has been a long time since I posted anything on this blog.
The last fortnight was one of the most difficult for me. Both my parents were tested Covid positive with high fever. My father has been fighting cancer for over 3 years now, and that was an added concern for us. My sister, who is also a doctor, took them for tests. And then, she and her husband, both tested positive. At the same time, our cousins have been fighting covid too.
It was a difficult time. The nights were long and sleepless. The days were restless. Regular monitoring of oxygen saturation, temperature, pulse, fever along with multiple instructions 4 times a day became a routine. Every ring of phone was scary. Every conversation had only one subject – how is everyone, how much is oxygen saturation, how is fever, who else got infected, are they doing fine, calls for beds and oxygen increased and so did phone calls for consultation from patients, from distant relatives, friends, friends of friends, and even remote acquaintances who wanted to know what to do in case of an infection and where to go in case of emergency.
This is not an isolated story from my life. This is what most of us went through in the last few days. This is what India has faced in April and May this year with the second wave of covid19 taking us by storm.
Fear, apprehension, increased workload, and stress due to multiple factors is at the highest at this point in time.
I was on the verge of a burnout due to increased psychological, and physical stress. The exhaustion left me drained to a level that often I felt like I was waddling through days without any time left.
But soon, I made a proper schedule for myself and regained the balance that I try to maintain at all times.
This post is to send a word of solidarity – if any of you is going through any such mental, physical, psychological stress, please know that you are not alone. We are all being tested and we will somehow keep going.
The night may be dark and scary, but every night culminates in a beautiful day. This night will end too.
In the meantime, the following tips helped me. I’m writing them down here, hoping that they might help someone else too.
Allot fixed time to work – If you are working from home. The boundaries get blurred a lot of times when you are tempted to reply to emails at night or right after waking up, when you answer non-emergency calls from people who don’t care about others’ time, or when you lose track of time while on social media. If you don’t have fixed time for work, it will eat away all of your productive time leaving you drained.
Same goes for household work. My domestic help has been attending weddings since March. So, I’m paying her but not taking her services. It leaves me cleaning, doing dishes, and cooking. Fixing time for each activity does streamline a lot of time and schedule.
(My husband does sometimes help in cooking, but I’ve mentioned before that he is in a govt job that is counted as essential services. He goes to work, even in the strictest lockdown. So that leaves us without much help, yet with a constant fear of getting infected despite staying at home.)
Make a sleep-wake schedule and try to stick to it – Proper sleep cannot be compromised for anything. Once you get a habit of sleeping on time, and sleeping well, you will see how much it changes your routine for good. I make it a point to sleep at least 7-8 hours a day. Early to bed and early to rise works best for me.
Exercise – I resumed Yoga to stay fit. Choose anything that can be done at home, without stepping out for gym or park, which isn’t safe currently.
Healthy eating – Eat clean food – means non-processed, non-junk balanced diet – with a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, fats, minerals, and vitamins. Regularly eat fruits and fresh vegetables. A schedule for healthy eating is as important as exercise for body and mind.
Stay Hydrated – Lots of water, all through the day, helps you going strong. Need to stay hydrated can never be over-emphasized.
Meditate daily – What food and exercise are for body, meditation is for mind. It calms you, relaxes you, and rejuvenates you for a long time.
Limit social media time – It wasn’t tough for me. I was never addicted to any social media. Whatever time I used to devote, I reduced that as well and now limit online news consumption, and try not to be drawn in anything that doesn’t help me grow or doesn’t relax me.
Me time – Set apart an hour or at least 30 minutes to yourself for doing things that make you feel happy. Do something everyday that fuels the soul too. It maybe music, or sketching, playing with kids, or playing a musical instrument, or anything that distracts you from difficult moments and sets a rhythm for hope. Things which make us feel good have an innate power to radiate positivity and fight despair. Good times will return but we need to keep ourselves safe until then. Not only physically, but mentally, and psychologically too.
These are things I usually do when my life gets off the track and runs haywire. I hope you are all good and taking care of you and your family.
People on my side are recovering. I wish the same for everyone who is reading this. My prayers are with all those who are infected and suffering from Covid19 or who have their loved ones suffering from it. May God be with you. May everyone get well soon 🙏🙏🙏
Times are difficult. Covid19 has been long overdue and it needs to go.
Until then, don’t lose hope. Don’t panic.
Stay strong. And hang on for a bit more.
Take care. Stay safe. Lots of love to one and all 💖💖💖