The global lockdown was the first line of defence implemented to contain the pandemic. However, despite its noble ambition, it wasn’t an easy change to adapt to. Under the lockdown, people became vulnerable, as they took time to come to terms with the reality of self-isolation. Social interaction, public spaces, buying groceries, doing your chores, everything changed in a matter of days.
Like every coin has two sides, the global lockdown also had a flip side. It brought with it an opportunity to break free from the mechanical life and find a new way of living. As the famous professor of literature and author, Joseph Campbell, once said, “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” It was time to find these deeper powers, through a change in perspective and cultivation of new habits to make the best of the new normal.
In this feature, Soulveda shares seven positive habits that you can cultivate while adapting to the new normal for your growth and happiness.
Journal your thoughts
In The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank wrote, “Unless you write yourself, you can’t know how wonderful it is; I always used to bemoan the fact that I couldn’t draw, but now I’m overjoyed that at least I can write… .” It’s not a coincidence that Anne Frank found her solace in the pages of her diary, while the world outside was in chaos. Writing your thoughts down is a therapeutic experience that opens the door to your imagination where you can get lost, and find yourself anew.
This lockdown sprung similar chaos, if not the same. By cultivating the habit of journaling your thoughts, you can find the same path of calm and self-discovery. Writing for your mind is what eating green vegetables is for your body. Your stress levels and anxiety reduces as you make the habit of writing a part of your daily routine.
Many people have mastered this art of writing to reap its benefits. All it takes is a start. You can take the first step by writing one page a day. Slowly increase your speed, and write without censoring your thoughts. Let your emotions pour.