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Dateline: Eixample, Barcelona, Spain
By Chiogor Constance Ikokwu
The world as we know it is being altered for good or bad, thanks to Covid-19 aka Coronavirus. The fact that a virus can ground flights and whole cities is humbling, to say the least. As it stands, many companies might be filing for bankruptcy by the time this virus blows away.
When will that be? No one knows. It’s a bit hazy to make predictions. On the individual level, the focus for ordinary people seems to be dealing with the immediate impacts. I have received messages and calls from friends and families checking on my wellbeing.
My life has changed since the lockdown (more on lockdown here – https://africanpressclub.com/of-poor-journalism-coronavirus-meltdown/) and I’m sure yours has been affected too. These are five out of the many rules I’ve developed since then:
- Be Sneakily Suspicious: Suspicion is a verb that was hardly active in my life before Covid-19. Now, I have a nagging suspicion that someone carrying the disease is lurking around. If someone dares to cough or sneeze around me, I flee as if plague is nigh. The other day, my flatmate coughed in the morning and I was like lawwwwd, please help me. We’ve gotten accustomed to being overly caring and saying to one another, I hope you are ok. This is a code language for: do you have any virus symptoms?
- Ditch the alarm clock: I’m a stickler for routines. It keeps me accountable and productive. I usually go to bed at 10. 00pm on weekdays. The reward is that I’m able to wake up early by 5am or 6, as I want. My friends in Barcelona make fun of me because 10pm is when Barca residents are getting ready to hit the town. These days, we’re locked at home all day. We’re waking up to go nowhere. Thus, the alarm clock is out of the window.
- Virtual Workout: If someone had suggested a virtual workout to me last month, I would have waved it off. Fast forward to today, I’m online, jumping and sweating with friends in a virtual workout session. Interestingly, it feels amazing. It’s a smart way to offload those calories gained eating all day without moving.
- Hug the phone: These days, when my friends or family call, I don’t want to get off the phone. It’s lonely. So, I find myself dragging the conversations longer. When you add the fact that we have no television in my flat, you can understand my predicament. Keeping in touch by phone has proved helpful.
- Learn to be with Yourself: One good thing about this lockdown is that I’m learning to be with myself. It has been a good time for personal reflections. You’ll be surprised at the results if you try. I’ve also started writing more because of plenty of free time. I am loving that aspect of it!
Those are the five ways I am coping. What about you? Share and be safe! Enjoy your week.