The current pandemic of COVID-19 has forced us all to stay at home. Well, that’s the only way to flatten the curve and we all must adhere to it. It’s been more than a month since we all at MissMalini have been working from home and living the quarantine life. No doubt it is a struggle to constantly stay at home within four walls but we all have our ways of coping with it. The lockdown period has also given us ample time to introspect and retrospect. I have learned a lot about myself and that’s why I thought let me find out the same from my fellow colleagues. Here’s what some of them had to say.
1. Alisha Fernandes, Features Director
Apart from learning the advantages of following a good routine, Alisha also shares what she has learned in the kitchen while doing what she loves the most, that is, cooking.
I’ve learned that I thrive when I have a routine. If I have some external motivation I can even go as far as to enjoy exercise. And most importantly, I’ve learned that no matter how much I complain that my mother cooks “andaz se”, I’m slowly but surely becoming just like her.
2. Natasha Patel, Associate Features Director
Our beauty guru, Natasha has learned the art of balancing her time very well. Read on to know what she told me.
It’s one thing to think you’re mentally strong, it’s another to actually power through the negativity and clutter in your mind. In all this, I’ve learned that your mind can be the tool to either go insane or get by slowly. I’ve been trying to get back to my mediation to ease thoughts and keep calm. I’ve also learned a lot about myself and it’s completely surprised me—I always thought I disliked cooking and being in the kitchen. But in times like this, I find baking and cooking up (small dishes) very calming. The third thing I learned is how to value life and not take advantage of even the smallest of things like being able to walk freely and take in some fresh air.
3. Nelly Wadia, Fashion Features Writer
Fashionista Nelly has been able to refine her culinary skills for vegetarian food.
I’ve learned that I can cook vegetarian food really nicely LOL! It’s made my creativity level soar quite a bit. Backstory is that I’m quarantined at my boyfriend’s apartment and his family is vegetarian, hence my predicament and I’m obviously non-vegetarian.
4. Aryana Dalal, Jr. Community Manager
Our social media star, Aryana has been trying to understand how the popular social media app, TikTok works so that she can gain followers. Let’s hope she succeeds.
I have learned that I really don’t understand how TikTok works. I spend hours working hard on a TikTok video I’m really proud of and it’ll get 30 views but I take a video of a birth mark on my hand and it gets 500 views? Truly frustrating but a challenge that I hope to conquer. Please support me on this journey by following me and liking all my videos.
5. Eesha Kokane, Jr. Features Writer
I can totally relate to what my teammate, Eesha said.
This lockdown has taught me that I’m not as introverted as I thought I was. I miss going out to restaurants with my friends and working in an office with my coworkers. It also taught me that I should never take anything for granted ever again.
6. Sara Lokhandwala, Jr. Community Manager
Sara has learned how to balance her work from home and work at home as well as found a coping mechanism to keep her sane.
During this lockdown period, I realised that I need to create a balance between working from home and helping out in household chores. I realised that I have pretty average cooking skills and it definitely needs improvement LOL. I realised that doing my daily routine such as following a skincare routine or even applying makeup keeps me sane and is somewhat a coping mechanism for me.
7. Isha Mayer, Jr. Features Writer
And finally, it comes down to what I have learned. So here it goes.
Firstly, I have learned how to cook, manage household work as well as do my office work. But moreover, this quarantine period has taught me how to appreciate and value people as well as time. I am missing my friends and relatives tremendously and when I get to see them next, I will value the time with them even more. I have certainly become more patient and understanding towards others and hope to continue the same even once this ends.
What have you learned about yourself during the lockdown period? Let me know in the comments below.