Is Quarantine a Quagmire?

Vidya Rajagopalan
Posted March 27, 2020 from India

First of all, in India, we're under self-isolation (lockdown) and not under a quarantine. We need to get our terms right before spewing them out thoughtlessly. 

So how does this affect us with the entire nation under a standstill? The economy is hit, GDP is at an all time low, entertainment avenues shut indefinitely. Basically all our leeway centers are inaccessible. 

What do we do?

This is one of the greatest coincidental boon offered to us. We can completely revamp and focus on ourselves. The locus behind me writing this article is to propagate some techniques which you could use or are already using from shifting your attention from the paranoia the entire world is facing. Now one must remember I'm not allegedly supporting the tempting ignorance, just that we be calm for while. 

So you could rekindle your inner child into action by playing games, pampering yourselves at home, taking a walk in the terrace or the balcony with the nature. You could have those mindful conversations with friends and family which you'd thought of doing ages ago but had completely slipped off your mind. Your chance at becoming fit as a fiddle is right in front of you. Download the fitness app or the yoga app and practice them unconditionally. 

Most importantly, you need to be calm, you can achieve this by simple five minute guided meditation and thinking of nothing and be aware of the little things around you. This situation is worrisome, no doubt. However there's no need to worry when you follow all the precautionary steps. 

I can understand the itching urge to step out of the house and breathe out the toxicity but remember the lethal virus is on the prowl and we need to conscientious of not letting it get to us and others. The future of the world is at stake and we must do everything that's possible to be patient till our saviors : the doctors to find a cure.

A special gratitude to the doctors, nurses and social workers who've worked tirelessly to make this earth a place to breathe a second longer. Without you guys, we wouldn't be where we are. 

And the women who slog their hearts out to make our homes a haven, love you so much sisters. You guys provided this 4-walled capsule a hearth and we are warm-fully grateful.

Stay safe, stay alive.

Toodles,

V

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Kirthi Jayakumar
Mar 27
Mar 27

Sending YOU lots of love, Vidya! Thank you for your voice and for your words. Standing with you in solidarity!

Vidya Rajagopalan
Mar 27
Mar 27

Thank you!

vijaipm
Mar 27
Mar 27

Vidya you are absolutely right and we should use this time to get to know about ourselves and our family. How many of us get time in this fast paced world to know about the history from our grannies. I hardly know my Mum's childhood stories and what she likes. People are bored being indoors but it is worth it being indoors and not to get infected and to infect others.

Vidya Rajagopalan
Mar 27
Mar 27

I know right this is a great opportunity to learn about our lineage

vijaipm
Mar 28
Mar 28

True

Jill Langhus
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi Vidya,

Thanks for sharing your advice and post about these challenging time. I hope you and your family are safe and well.

You may want to consider submitting this, or another story, for the current call for stories?
https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/dispatches-covid-19-pandemic...

Vidya Rajagopalan
Mar 27
Mar 27

Oh thanks for letting me know, I'll surely submit this

Jill Langhus
Mar 27
Mar 27

You're welcome. Good luck!

Elizabeth Ziro
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi Vidya, thanks for sharing. Keep you and yours safe.

Elizabeth Ziro
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi Vidya, thanks for sharing. Keep you and yours safe.

Tumanjong Miranda
Mar 27
Mar 27

Hi Vidya,
Thanks for sharing this powerful piece.
True, there's a difference between social/self-isolation and quarantine. Many people mix up these two terms.
I am adding my voice to yours in support of the fitness and yoga. People need to watch their health while locked in. If not, we will have so many people who are over weighted and cardiovascular diseases will also increase.
Hipe you are doing ok today!
With love
Miranda.

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 30
Mar 30

Thank you for writing this, Vidya. We're in this together. <3