Six lessons learned from the Covid-19 lockdown

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As countries are preparing to go back to normal life, I can’t help looking back to the lockdown experience as a period of time where I was forced, like the rest of us, to new habits and ways to survive and live through this strange pause. I have learned important lessons for life whether there will be another wave of Covid-19 (I hope not) or not.

Here are the lessons I learned:

  • Step away from news. In stressful times like these, being constantly glued to your computer or phone and reading/watching news is not the best thing to do. In spite of being tempted to do it, and just for the record, fake news outnumbered the true ones. So, let alone being obsessive about knowing more can cause stress, but also not all is true. I limited myself to one hour per day to read or watch the news.
  • Don’t binge eating/drinking/smoking. This is the time not to mess with your body for the sake of immunity. adds stress to the body which decreases immunity.
  • Have an activity, a hobby that makes you happy doing it on your own. Whether it’s gardening or drawing or cooking etc., happiness is achieved first in solitude then shared. If you only rely on others to make you happy, then a lockdown will make you bored to say the least. Boredom is another word for anxiety.
  • Learn DIY skills to fix and repair things in times where you cannot bring in any helper to do it for you. And in general, learning new skills is good.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of a great novel to make days/nights shorter and to shift your mind to a different world.
  • Keep the contact with the loved ones. Nothing beats human warmth even if it is virtual. Physical distancing is required, not social distancing.

Again, let’s hope and pray that a second wave of the corona virus will not show up. Until then, stay safe.

29 thoughts on “Six lessons learned from the Covid-19 lockdown”

  1. I’m not sure much of the world is going back to a true normal for quite awhile. But several of the lessons we’ve all learned are valuable and done will undoubtedly linger.

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  2. Wise advice! I have to restrain myself from watching too much news – not good! On another topic, I hope to run another philosophy discussion group in Semester 2. Wondering if you can suggest a good book that is not too difficult for non-philosophers?

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    1. Thank you so much I am glad you liked it.. maybe: existentialism is a humanism by Sartre. Or The plague by Camus.. they have been ranked as the most read books during the lockdown… or u can go to stoic philosophers like Seneca..

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  3. All your points make sense and many say that we should not be glued onto the news,
    but I see them under a total different aspect: The first week was about my environment so I watched national news, but then I started to surf around different news channels of the world to see their different view on things, how other countries act because this is a tremendous opportunity to watch the global zeitgeist and similarities or differences in our cultures.

    So far I shifted from German News to US ones but left them soon, because they are to simplistic bipartisan, then watched some which turned out to be too extreme anti-China for me, so I moved on to wion and al Jazeera.

    I would love to watch much more from around the world but unfortunately only can understand English channels,
    so if you have any recommendations of global news in English, feel three to throw an entire list at me – regardless of how unorthodox or rebellious it may be.
    Thanks.

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      1. I think it actually is good for you personally to let corona go a bit, because in the beginning the way you protected yourself seemed a bit over the top – yes, of cours protection never can be wrong, but you seemed even more German than me the German am.
        I personally think that pragmatism (whilst seeming to be always right) also has as many drawbacks by suppressing the soul with its ratio (examples are:creating fear; or
        when you would make a child count fairies in a fairy tale only to kill two birds with a stone and also teach it maths).

        Having said that, I now use your valuable recomendation less for news but as a study-case how the attitude of polititians and comenteers changed within 3 months by skipping through the news in chronological order.
        Here is a tool for you with which you can play any youtube-playlist chronologically:
        http://www.playbackloop.com/playlists/PLSyY1udCyYqArEkRn_be4ZbECEyDvDj16

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      2. Assuming that you ask about my observation of society through the media, here in chronological order:

        1. I saw how we all were very relaxed about it, which I think is a good attitude not to fall in a panic on every occasion.
        2. Politicians were much quicker to realise what is going on than the population and after watching the beginning of those news I realised this is because their advisors are connected to institutions such as the WHO whose only job it is to watch such dangers.
        3. Deniers in politics and population (usually right-wing-machos who also are climate-change deniers) dismissed it and still do which shows me that there seems to be no hope for mankind because those people (which probably are half of humankind) will continue to have their fun and comfort until the very end – destroying the earth of all.
        4. Conspiracy theories are usually created by the deniers who have no sense of oneness and therefore can’t comprehend a sudden global change, hence they desperately search for someone within their hierarchical structure to blame.
        5. And to blame-shift own ignorance polititians such as Trump distract the simpletons who vote for him by throwing them the bone of xenophobia which for those whose enemy beforehand were ‘the illuminati’ now are the Chinese.

        Because the plain truth now comes out via cases;
        depending how (im)mature mankind is this could lead in best case scenarios to overthrowing of dictators or 1-party-systems such as Chinas, and in worst-case scenarios to civilwars up to even a next worldwar.
        Whilst up to now you had to endure the frontline of Middle-Eastern-conflicts,
        consider yourself to be blissed to live in a country with an ‘insignificant military’, so whatever happens might fly right over Lybia’s heads – all you have to (and can) do is to sit this out and spread tranquility around you.

        If you asked about something else, just let me know.

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      3. I don’t know why you mention Libya but that’s ok.
        Your observations are so accurate. What never fails to surprise is immaturity of people, voting for right-wing in spite of their position against the climate change debate. Probably we vote out of fear and feelings and not out of thinking.

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      4. “Oops, I did it again” 8-o (¡so embarrassing! but forgive me, even my grandmother who loved her daughters always got their names wrong – it seems to run in the family {and I am the worst – the only reason I remember your name is because it is the name of your blog – even the last o altready does confuse me})

        But seriously: I somehow seem to be kind of done with the stupid masses. (And I say that as someone who deliberatly went out to booze with simple people in order not to be arrogant). But there is no end to their distrust, jealousy, generalisations, emotional ignorance and worthless crap they spurt out which does contaminate everyone around.

        I observed that there is a karmic duty to get entangled and help those within your level. An example is: whilst I was boozing I felt compelled to help other drinkers and once I moved out of it I pass on that responsibility.

        For me personally the corona-quarantaine is very helpful in making another cut with social obligations I did not want to cut in order not to leave anyone behind. So I am preparing myself for an adequate demarcation in order not to even get back into obsolete entanglements.

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      5. Sometimes I want to crawl under a rock. (but maybe that’s my life-lesson to repeat mistakes so often that I become immune to embarrassement – so be prepared for me calling you all sorts of wrong names. Now that I think about your name: This seems to be your month, Ms Lynn. Here’s what I just found in the net: Origin of the name Lynn:

        Transferred use of a British place-name which is derived from the Welsh llyn (lake). It is also thought to have originated as a short form of Lynnette, a name of several derivations, or of Linda (beautiful, tender). Alternatively, Lynn is a short form of the various names containing the element lyn(n) or line.

        So you are beautiful and tender – and on top of that the lake reminds me of shakespearean romance poems again- aaaahh – tu etre une femme fatale!

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      6. First the serious: I thought about what you said and I totally agree: The right-wingers seem a real problem: The same people who are climate-change-deniers are also covid-deniers. It gets on my nerves that these days people like us are stigmatised by the ignorant ones as ‘lefties’ when in fact it is merely common sense we try to convey so that the boat we all sit in doesn’t sink. Normally you could say “I don’t care what they do, I just do my thing”, but unfortunately it is them who destroy it for all of us. Well, whatever, so I work on my acceptanance of death and then I at least can say: “He who laughs last, laughs best.”

        — but on the lighter note —

        So you ARE a femme fatale, I see (making me work against may will, becoming obsessed about you, also against may will.) may the force be with you ! Now this is really funny for two reasons: 1.) because it contains your name:

        “Originally used as a pet form of Mary and Margaret (pearl). More recently, however, it is usually associated with the name of the month, which is derived from the Latin Maius (the month of Maia, the Greek mythological goddess of increase). May is often bestowed as a middle name, or used as a name element in combination names such as Anna-Mae or May-Lynn. ”

        2.) And most funny: “The name was borne by the popular actress Mae West (1892 – 1980). Her shapely bustline led to her name being used for an inflatable life preserver vest for use by RAF aviators downed at sea during World War II.”

        So yes, now you also imprinted your bosoms into my subconsciousness – thank you so much for throwing sticks and stones into my chosen path as a chaste hermit. MAYbe this is your way to exercise revenge from past life. So I forgive you (for your mere existence) to herewith break our karmic chain 😘

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      7. It’s funny: you always ask really short questions, and I feel compelled giving you half a mile as an answer. Same here. As I see it, there are mainly two levels in which I see that a name works:

        1. The meaning as in your name: It works on a emotional level, like my name for example means “man of the people”, which is someone who cares about folks. It can work as long as I am entangled in it, but I also can shed it and declare it as not my path anymore. I would say that this can create strong imprints in children if they are told what it means, but for adults the meaning becomes less relevant.

        2. And the sound-current as you can see how my brain tuned in to 3 syllables for Lebanon -> “L..”, “b…”, “…” -> turned into Lybia (or Libya or however that is spelled) And by the repitition of my mistake this shows how deeply rooted such associations are – for me especially, because I actually don’t believe in nationalism, so my brain didn’t care about the meaning as in point 1. (Next I will ask you how life is on the island of Lesbos :-))

        The sound current also is something which is usually first lost in translation. And since I know that you like poems I give you an example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanderer's_Nightsong

        Goethe original: “Über allen Gipfel ist Ruh” Vowelsound: ü=up a=calming i=uplifting, u=drawing down translation: “ over all the hilltops is quiet now.” (english does not have the up-down-movement anymore, and I guess that gets even more lost in non-roman languages)

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        This actually also raises the question how much you can modify meditation-chants or mantras: Like in my meditation you are supposed to think “Waheguru” which for Sikhs means god, so the question would be, whether you may chant “Allah” if you are a muslim or “Jesus” if you are a Christ, because on one hand god is still in there but on the other the sound-current will be changed.

        I recently found my personal solution and in case you at all do that Kriya, let me know and I will tell you.

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      8. Wow that’s interesting as usual horse of fire! So there is a connection between the sound and the mind. I wanted to hear it from you.
        And I can read german. So Goethe’s phrase intonation is different in english. It gives another perception or representation. Thank you!

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  4. Sorry if that was gloomy but I stand by my 5 points – you may ditch the doomsday-possibilities which may happen or may not – I just extrapolated the immaturity with which mankind does react to circumstances their mind is not prepared to adopt to.
    The joke is that somehow I am not in the least worried about either of us because both of us do what we can to elevate our consciousness so we can leave the rest up to the universe.

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  5. Happy to see someone who is really inspiring and trying to stay positive amidst tough times..👍🏻👍🏻😊
Recently I did a post on the same..this post is amazing 👍🏻😊💯

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