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A HABIT I ACQUIRED DURING THE LOCKDOWN
WOW caught up with six individuals to learn if they had acquired any new habits during the lockdown for which they are thankful and would keep in the future.
Text: Pabita Dahal
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Do you have any new habits you acquired and built during the lockdown?
Kulchandra: Life inside the home has changed the pattern of daily life for every individual. It has also added new habits into our lifestyle. In my case, the free time allowed me to spend time with my family, engage with friends through social media, cook new recipes, watch movies and documentaries, listen to songs, read books and e-books about administration, governance and development management, etc. I also became more conscious about my health since we are supposed to apply various safety measures. One new habit that I developed is writing articles and getting them published.
Sneh: More than new habits, the lockdown took me back to my old hobbies. I began baking again (as clichèd as it sounds) and restarted my yoga which I had given up for a few months. I also have made a habit of appreciating and being grateful for every little thing in life.
Reshma: The outbreak of Covid 19 has a negative impact worldwide. It has affected the worldwide economy, health sector, and human lifestyle significantly. Nevertheless, the lockdown has also contributed to an individual like me to be more creative and develop interest in new things. I have been interacting with my supporters and families frequently during these days. I have received both positive and negative feedback. It has helped me to know my strengths and improve my weaknesses.
Other positive habits I have developed during the lockdown include being a supportive hand for my family. Also, I have started working on my fitness. I have been spending my mornings meditating. Similarly, the lockdown has made me aware of the value of work and health.
Aanchal: Honestly, I did not build new habits but became more conscious of my health and fitness. I have started exercising regularly from the day the lockdown began with my whole family and we now eat more healthy foods. Moreover, I have developed some interest in cooking.
Prabisha: Most importantly, I have realised the value of time. Before, I would make excuses for many things since I used to be busy all day, but home quarantine eased all the excuses. I have developed some skills in playing the guitar which I had postponed for a long time. I am in the music industry for 13 years and I was just giving my voice to the songs. This lockdown gave me a chance to experiment with my talent in lyrics and composition for the first time. I also tried new recipes, did regular workouts, lost some weight, and have developed dancing skills.
Raunak: The past few months were hard but I am happy that this pandemic gave me time to stay with my family and reflect on life. I took responsibility for household chores. Before I was never able to comprehend that there is so much work in the household too and even a small bit of help can make a huge difference. I did not know what happens at home the whole day. I had missed the happiness of helping my mother in the kitchen and bringing groceries from the local market. Overall, I have became closer to my family.
What are the few positive habits that you will give continuity to?
Kulchandra: Writing and publishing articles are crucial habits that I developed in the lockdown and I want to continue it. Besides this, cooking, reading books and e-books, spending more time with family, health care are acquired habits that will be part of my daily life. The interesting thing is that I have started to bring lunch from home to work.
Sneh: Since only the lockdown has been lifted and Covid 19 still has the world in its clutches, everything I have been doing over the past few months is now the new normal for me. Hence, living my new normal will be a lifelong habit.
Reshma: I will be respectful and loyal towards my team and work hard as the lockdown has reminded everyone how difficult it is to be unemployed. I will continue to assist my family in their daily activities, avoid junk foods and follow hand hygiene techniques more seriously.
Aanchal: I will be more careful about my health and workout regularly.
Prabisha: Earlier I was not confident in lyrics and composition but I did it during the home quarantine and I am also planning to record these. I consider this as a big achievement and I will happily contribute regularly to another important side of music along with vocals.
Raunak: I will definitely try to continue to do little but important things with my family.
Has the pandemic and the lockdown changed you in any way?
Kulchandra: Before the pandemic I was busy with official work. Besides office hours, I would spend my mornings and evenings taking public service preparation classes and writing books in the same field, but the lockdown kept me inside my home. During this time, I realised that there are many creative things we can do even from home. We don’t need to rush. To be patient is important. So, I am learing to be patient.
Sneh: It hasn’t changed me, yet I have learned a lot. It has made me realise the importance of family, friends and all that is dear to us. It has made me grateful.
Aanchal: I don’t think any particular change has taken place in my life but I have observed some changes in my body. Earlier I would not get such a long break and I also had to put on makeup and do hair styling regularly, but this time I got the chance to be natural. My skin has become more soft and glowing because of proper care.
I also watched numerous movies in this period, and have developed innovative ideas for films.
Prabisha: We were always rushed before. We didn’t have time to stay at home. We also became impatient if we didn’t have specific work engagements but the lockdown allowed me to acknowledge that we can spend meaningful and productive time at home too.
Raunak: I have started believing that even little things can be a huge source of happiness.
Life after lockdown…
Kulchandra: This global pandemic has completely changed people’s perspective on life. Having been through difficult times, they have realised the importance of nature and life.
I think the safety measures we are following these days will remain in our daily life activities for a long time. Sanitising and health will become a priority over other socio-economic necessities. We will also learn to be more healthy and active by engaging in physical exercise, meditation and yoga. The online market and local markets will grow more. People will also lead life towards self-sufficiency by growing their own food and so on.
Sneh: The world is still riddled with Covid 19 and we still have to maintain social distancing and protect not just ourselves but others as well. “The Lockdown Is Over, Not The Pandemic.” So, we need to continue living the same lifestyle.
Reshma: It will be tough for everyone to continue their usual life after lockdown. Initially I will also struggle to get back to my daily lifestyle especially volleyball matches because of inadequate training. However I feel positive and motivated that we all can overcome this challenging situation.
Aanchal: We have almost returned to normal life. The good thing is that people are more health conscious. I think people will continue applying all the safety measures they are following now.
Prabisha: We are in the process of returning to normal life. However, the four month lockdown has created a negative impact in our lives from several angles- mentally, physically, economically It will definitely take at least 6-7 months to return to normal life. People saw the harsh side of life from very near, I think self-love and happiness will become more meaningful. This abrupt pandemic has also taught us skills of survival.
Raunak: Though things are getting back to normal gradually, people still have fear in some corner of their hearts. We are uncertain about how much time will it take to return to a real normal state. The pandemic has taught us the importance of self-sufficiency.