Finding Zen in Lockdown: Embracing Change and Cultivating Happiness
By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 09, 2023
Living in Valencia, Spain, my husband and I are currently experiencing the effects of the lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As we enter our ninth day of quarantine, it is evident that panic and uncertainty have taken hold of those around us.
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However, amidst these challenging times, it is important to remember that we still have control over how we feel and act. Crisis situations offer an opportunity for personal growth and self-reflection. It is a chance to observe our reactions and learn from them.
In a book called Selfienomics, I once read about the concept of “second-degree happiness.” This theory suggests that a small but uncomfortable experience can ultimately bring about greater happiness in the long run. While the current situation is certainly not a small experience, we can find solace in knowing that we will survive this battle against the virus.
Months from now, when we look back on these times, we will realize the strength we possessed and the lessons we learned. This pandemic serves as a reminder to learn from our mistakes and acknowledge the importance of living in harmony with the environment and society.
Uncertainty is pervasive in our lives right now. We don’t know what decisions our governments will make, how the virus will evolve, or how long the quarantine will last. Despite these uncertainties, it is crucial that we strive to stay positive and calm.
Now, more than ever, it is essential to maintain our mental and physical well-being. This is an opportune moment to shift our focus from our thoughts to our bodies. We can establish new routines and explore various practices that can be done at home.
Physical activity holds immense benefits during this period. According to Harvard Medical School, yoga and meditation can help alleviate anxiety related to Covid-19. If you are new to yoga, online videos and tutorials from professional networks can be a helpful resource. Many professional yoga teachers also share free videos on social media platforms.
For those who already have a yoga practice, this is the perfect time to challenge yourself by exploring advanced poses or experimenting with different yoga drills. Lighting a candle and practicing mindfulness meditation by focusing on the flame can also contribute to increased productivity and better sleep quality.
It is equally important to practice self-compassion and gratitude in these times. Take care of your physical health by consuming healthy, organic food and ensuring enough rest. Engage in positive thoughts, organize your surroundings, spend quality time with your family, and write down your thoughts. And of course, practice social distancing as advised.
When the overwhelming moments become too much to bear, reach out to a friend or family member through your smartphone. Despite the physical distance, staying socially connected is crucial for our well-being. Thankfully, I have the support of my husband who provides company and comfort during these uncertain times.
Remember, “this too shall pass.” We have faced greater challenges in the past, and this is another hurdle that we will overcome. Our grandparents fought wars to protect us, and all we need to do now is stay home to protect them and ourselves. Let’s make the most of this time by spreading peace, love, and meditation to all those around us.