“”On 18th April 2021, I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m in general an extremely positive person and I consciously see the best in every situation life throws at me. I live by myself in Chennai and I was completely oblivious to what I was going to experience in the forthcoming days, having tested positive. The first four days I was rotting by myself. I was dehydrated and experienced intense brain fog. In short- MY BATTERY WAS DEAD!
But things took a turn on day 5 and this is how that happened! First was practicing yoga and meditation. As soon as I gained a bit of strength on day 5, I decided to get back to my regular breathing exercise and meditation. Being a yoga and meditation instructor myself, I’ve been practicing the same for almost 8-9 years now. Irrespective of when I woke up, 8am/10am/12noon, the first thing I did was to do my regular practice for 40-45 mins how much ever I could. The game simply changed. It not only made me feel relatively better but also kept me in the best mental space possible throughout the day.
Secondly, I started pumping myself with everything that I’d love to eat as I didn’t have the energy to cook. I went on an ordering spree. I’d have 3-4 bottles of juices every day. I consciously picked what was healthy AND took care of the feel-good factor as well. I simply listened to my body and fed it with complete awareness. Constant and mindful fuelling has a huge role to play in my recovery.
Thirdly, including my tribe in my road to recovery. It’s on day 5 that I decided to open up about my situation to my trusted friends. I had breakdowns, but with the right people. I felt vulnerable and realized it is OK to feel so. A lot of us are so used to giving that it gets awkward to ever receive. I started letting my friends order food and medicines for me, watched IPL matches with them and enjoyed RJ Balaji’s jokes over WhatsApp in parallel and also played Ludo. Including my tribe in my journey made me feel stronger.
And last but not the least, I continued to pray my way to recovery. I consciously practiced positivity. I ensured I saw only the good through this journey- the realization of the strength in me, the support I received from my friends to heal and the long break from work that it was. I prayed as and when I felt like. They say prayers move mountains. I felt it in my recovery. Tons of faith, hope and positivity have played a significant role in my express recovery!
To sum it all up, I would just say that it’s all about taking ownership of our own experiences.
We are way stronger than we could ever imagine. We simply have to believe.”
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