Lockdown But Definitely Not Out - Crisis Management
| Suman Arora - 03 Jun 2020

During a crisis, when we feel directionless and things do not appear to be in our control, we must remind ourselves of what our revered Bhagavad Gita, “The Song of the God” teaches us, “You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become”.

 

By SUMAN ARORA

Washing dishes in the kitchen and simultaneously making/ receiving official calls while working from home with the help of earphones was my routine during the absolute lockdown period.

Somehow managing with hasty cooking, and also making do with milk-cereals, noodles and bread on and off, we learned to survive being locked in for the complete lockdown period.

Our job was to stay secure inside the protective four walls of our homes which was a luxury as compared to the ‘Corona Warriors’ who have been selflessly serving humanity putting their lives in danger.

The experience of the ongoing lockdown is unprecedented for sure. Who would have thought that schools, colleges, airlines, trains, metros, road transport and all the govt. and private institutions would close down, not only in India but the world over?

Our enemy is invisible: Covid 19 virus. This catastrophe has spread its global tentacles having dangerous dimensions. Lakhs of people have been infected and thousands are no more.

The situation is such where almost everything is under lockdown to keep people safe and alive.It reminds one of those Hollywood sci-fi films where monstrous creatures go on a rampage, killing all and sundry that comes face to face or those movies showing bio weapon destruction, etc.

This is the most unprecedented situation where all the family members are under the same roof for days on end.

Adults are working from home, children are having their ‘regular online school’, no domestic help and piling up of household chores leading to chaos at the domestic level and no public transport, no regular opening of offices and a dwindling economy at the national/international level.

This is the reality and we all must learn to live with it.

Under the circumstances, things have been quite confusing and mind boggling already and the possibility of a worse scenario in June-August is not a happy news. The stress and anxiety generated by such circumstances may lead to mental and emotional health issues too.

In short, it’s time to strategize our lives to lead a near normal life during this pandemic. It is time to find ways to stay motivated during the current and any other future crisis as well.

Remain Calm and Positive: The first and the foremost thing to do in a crisis is to learn to stay calm and positive during such tough times. Staying calm and composed will surely equip us with the necessary mental equilibrium to be able to deal with this crisis. Finding ways to remain positive during such negative times is surely a difficult task but, then, that is the only option we have. Right?

In general, whenever there is a crisis in our personal or professional lives, at micro or macro level, we need to chalk out strategies for our physical and mental wellbeing because that is the root of our personal and national growth.

One must always try to find the silver lining in a given negative situation. Expecting the light at the end of the dark tunnel will always generate positive hormones. Positive thoughts will bring down your stress levels and improve your focus.

Swami Vivekananda had said, “We are what our thoughts have made us; So take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; They travel far.” The above quote teaches us to remain positive to manifest positive outcomes. So, train your mind to look for blessings in everything.

Self-Care and Feeling Good: It is absolutely necessary to take care of our emotional health along with our physical wellbeing especially during these difficult times. One can do meditation, pranayam, yogabhyas to relax oneself.

Along with a robust mental health, we need to be physically fit too to boost our immunity levels. Remaining healthy by way of exercise, good diet and the resultant relaxed state of mind will boost our immunity to deal with any kind of medical or emotional crisis in our life.

Be very clear, practicing self-care will help others too. When you are mentally and physically fit, you can help others as well.

Schedule some time to spend with yourself. Just sitting idle, looking out of the window and taking in the world around is sure to relax our tired nerves. Do what makes you happy. Feelings of happiness foster more positive thoughts. There must be something that you always wanted to do but could not for want of time. There must be some passions and hobbies that you have forgotten to pursue for years. Go, do it now! Do something to feel good.

Shut-Eye to prevent Cognitive Decline: We must understand the importance of a good amount of sleep and the adverse impact of the lack of it. On an average, our personal, professional and social commitments consume 17-19 hours of the day.

A deep and restful sleep helps the brain consolidate and store memories, process emotional experiences, and fuels the brain whereas the lack of it leads to an impaired judgement, lack of self-control and poor creativity. A good amount of sleep consists of 7-8 hours each night to remain in a relaxed frame of mind.

Read Books to Evolve: Books contain a wealth of knowledge. We must find time to read books to help us reinvent ourselves. Books provide us insights into understanding situations better. The authors have shared their experiences in their books that can help us avoid committing the same mistakes as they did.

Books offer solutions to rearrange our lives, to better our strategies and polish our problem solving skills. By reading books of various genres and internalizing the pearls of wisdom acquired through them, we can become better versions of ourselves and deal with any kind of crisis effectively and decisively.

Prioritization During a Crisis: The need of the hour in a crisis like the present one is to first remain safe ourselves and make efforts to keep others safe too. Utilize this time to strengthen family bonds and reboot yourself emotionally and spiritually. Help yourself to help the family, the neighbourhood, the society and the nation to stay afloat.

During a crisis, when we feel directionless and things do not appear to be in our control, we must remind ourselves of what our revered Bhagavad Gita, “The Song of the God” teaches us, “You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become”.

Have faith in yourself — all power is in you. Perform your Karma and leave the rest to God. The time of a crisis is the time for us to grow deep inside.

Adversities teach us what we cannot learn otherwise.

Remember, crises appear in our lives to help us set right all that is not in synchronicity with the universe. It is time to develop our inner strength and come out of the storm stronger than ever before!

(The writer, Suman Arora, is a senior govt. officer. Driven by passion, she writes on social issues and motivational write ups. She has authored two books on human behaviour in daily life, Soul‘tweets’ and One Step Higher....)

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the personal opinion of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Indian Observer Post and Indian Observer Post does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.


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