How are you coping with the current situation? It has been a process for me. I have been through denial, anger and finally acceptance. At first, I thought, well European Countries seem to be the worst-hit so we will be fine. Kenya announces its first case and I live outside Nairobi so I might as well stay away. As measures were put in place, the reality of the pandemic started to hit. There was a period of paranoia. I was taking precaution, but a headache became a concern, sneezing and coughing even worse. There is a bank in the building where I work and when I felt I had a fever I would just walk up and have the guard take my temperature just to be sure. I then became frustrated because of some things that were happening around me and it really took a toll on me. I allowed myself to be angry and let all the emotions run. I gave myself a timeline and then I had to move on.
After my pity party, I had to acknowledge several things. One, the pandemic has only begun and I had to readjust some things to be able to sustain myself. Two, we are all in this together we might not have the same challenges or constraints but we can all feel the pinch one way or the other. Three I have to be ready to start from zero. I read an article on The Business Daily where the managing director of an event company was asked how he will emerge after COVID-19 and he replied that he will be starting from zero after building his company for 11 years. We are never going back to normal and come what may we will adapt.
I am now at the point of acceptance and I have found ways to cope. My routine has not changed much. I still spend most of my time at work. Some of the things that I am doing include:
Working Out: If you have read my previous posts then you know I have struggled with consistency. I am not there yet. I decided to start with 10 min workouts and recently graduated to 20 min workouts. The first thing I do when I get back home is a workout. I have found that by doing that I am more inclined not to skip. My mood changes and I feel more relaxed once I am done.
Watching Series. There is always something playing on my laptop. Most of the series I watch have taken a break so I have little or no options. I end up rewatching old series that I can find. I thought YouTubers would have so much more content but that is not the case. I am currently enjoying This is Ess videos and discovering new channels.
Cooking. I am trying to spice up the food I eat. I have tried out different recipes for basic food. Some turned out great others were a complete disaster. I could have joined the banana bread gang but I have no oven. I miss take out, unfortunately, food joints like KFC are nowhere within a 5 km radius from where I am.
Self-care. I have been forced to do my own hair for the past month. A year ago I was excited to try out different products and styles but right now I don’t have the patience. I am doing the bare minimum. I miss being pampered in the salon while I read a book. I might just go at the end of this month.
Video calls. I was already video calling a few of my friends but now it has become the norm. I must say I am the person who is always reconnecting and in bed. The people I talk to are always cooking. We might not be able to dress up and meet for lunch but the chatting helps.
I am just looking for the little things that bring me joy. I hope I will pick up good habits during this period now that there is time.