COVID-19 Lockdown Journal, Week#1 – Adapting, Accepting

“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy”

Eckhart Tolle

The Covid-19 virus has brought the world to a standstill. 199 countries have confirmed cases of infected people touching all the demographic, social and economic groups of the population. An existential threat has crept in humanity. Although, we give a miss to other threats on a day to day basis – climate change, accidents, death due to faulty healthcare systems. The Covid-19 scare has united the world for the better. Hiding in the pocket of the bigger fight, every one of us is fighting a personal battle against the changes the massive lockdown has bought.


The lockdown in the country was inevitable, and everybody saw it coming. A day of lockdown was announced initially and then after two days, full scale 21 days lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister. The first response was to get the food supplies ready. Indeed privileged to have most of the supplies delivered at the doorstep. With my friends, set up the kitchen space and made an inventory of the supplies to keep a tab of the stocks. Well before the lockdown, the workdays were hectic, and the lockdown bought some break from the daily work. I went to a super planning mode to finish off all the pending work in the lockdown period. For the first couple of days went for a complete rest, watched series and documentaries and cooked a lot. Slowly, the guilt of not able to work crept in. I lacked the motivation to start anything. There was an impending threat from everything. Friends, housekeeping staffs, doorknobs, water cooler, newspapers seemed to be threatening. Over the top, mild fever and cough were bothering me too. Not a really good time to get the flu. It took a while to adapt and make myself feel normal. Also, came across this tweet and made me realize that at large academia is overburdened. There is no point to be hard on me in such a time where a global pandemic is emerging, and humanity is on stake.

Today is the 7th day of the national lockdown and 11th day of maintaining social distancing. The daily-ness of lockdown has settled in and trying myself to focus on a few good things and do away with non-stop news scrolling. I have limited my news consumption in the last few days drastically and keeping myself away from the constant stream of information and visuals. Another twitter thread discussing the inability to focus by research students gave me some reassurance.

In coming days there would be many changes to adapt. I believe it is better to gracefully accept the changes the lockdown has brought and accept the emotional transitions as it is. Make friend with the changes and not take it as an enemy to fight against.

Please do share in the comments how you are adapting and accepting the changes the lockdown has brought to your daily lifestyle.

Thank you for reading. Stay safe!

~Arnab