Yesterday was gloomy, it rained heavily and the wind was strong I could hear the wind howling from every corner of the house. But today is sunny and clear. And my cat is all up and ready to play. In fact, I just finished another playtime session with Tommy, our tabby cat that has put nothing but more warmth into our home.
I scrolled through social media to get updates: Twitter to read the news, Instagram to catch up on my friends and some of family members.
Checked message and made sure I replied to them.
Then, e-mails. Filtered through the spams and tempting ads then picked up my current read and fully immersed myself into a 15 mins quick reading.
I miss writing a fresh piece without having to plan so much, just pour out what has been or my mind or a random rant.
Like a random chat with your best friend, but of course,
the best friend today is you.
The restriction order in my homeland, Malaysia, has been extended until the end of April. I can see many people are in distress; students, small business owners, the poor and the victims of domestic violence and abuse.
While some are scared the virus could get to them, some are even scared of the people they live with.
While some are scared of not seeing their parents before Ramadhan or Raya, some are even scared of opening their kitchen shelf and finding not one grain of rice.
Here in Japan, they have announced a lockdown request for several prefectures. And because it was a request, some people obliged, while most don’t. (for now)
Every morning I send off my husband with prayers he comes back safe and healthy. The company he’s working for is still operating as usual for most workers and I could not help but be worried. The cases in Japan are increasing and the risk is higher now.
Having to abide, we can only instill tawakkul and keep praying, while taking preventive measures as best as we can.
Keep calm and #StayAtHome
No matter where we are, during this pandemic, everyone is worried on so many things. No problem is bigger than the other and each one deserves to be addressed properly.
However, amidst the pandemic I can see people doing things they love and wanted to do for a long time. Social media is flooded with everyone cooking, baking, sharing tips and giving help to others. Charities are done, publicly and quietly.
It’s always heartwarming to see people helping people. Because that is how the world should be. The act of giving is beautiful, it goes both way and create a chain of gratitude weaved with joy. Be it sharing your mother’s recipe, tips on how to budget after the pandemic, starting a funding, or even making funny videos to put a smile on people’s face.
if you put it out there to help others to cope, it’s a gift. And no gift is too small.
I don’t have any pro advice on how to spend your time during these times. But you can find suggestions anywhere or,
just do what you enjoy. Cooking, Netflix, journaling, anything.
Taking care of your mental health and well being is crucial. Don’t pressure yourself into being super productive and competing with others. Do things at your own comfort and rhythm.
Your body might not be where it wants to be, but your mind and soul can be.
Thank you for reading,
Stay safe xx