Before the lockdown became a reality in Uganda, I thought I was an introvert but going through this period where I could hardly move, I came to realize that maybe just maybe I’m not the introvert I thought I was.
My legs were itchy to move and my mind was struggling to cope with this new reality. The first weeks were fine because I thought it would only last 2 weeks as the President had initially stated but when the days were increased, I felt like the walls were closing in on me.
What was I supposed to do with this newfound time? I often pondered. I tried to read and study but the morale was low and un-comforting thoughts of this being the new normal often flooded my mind. As I tried to figure out what next, I made the decision that I was going to try my very best to make the most of it no matter how hard some days maybe.
So besides trying to accomplish something small each day, I also started implementing different coping mechanisms to help me through this lockdown.
Reflection & Prayer
Mornings are usually the hardest for me and because of this, I always make it a point to pray and reflect on the journey that has been. On the harder days, I open up my prayer book and look at the answered prayers and this often fuels the fire within.
Other times I usually reflect on how blessed I am to have what I have and the mere fact that it could be a lot worse makes me feel grateful.
Having a community around me has been one of the things I can’t take for granted. This period has shown me how blessed I am to have amazing neighbors. Playing games like Fifa, ludo, cards, and random question games have been a welcome distraction.
I was never consistent with workout plans before this lockdown but it’s quite surprising that it’s now one of the things I look forward to each day except on weekends. These workout sessions with my neighbors have been very helpful, not only am I in the best shape of my life but they have created a routine something which I sort of need in these strange times.
Soon or later the lockdown will come pass but until then I hope you’re staying safe.