To stop a downward spiral from consuming covid news, I turn to an age-old breath control technique called pranayama.
Since working from home on Feb 7, I have had to make quite a few adjustments to cope with the sudden change in work arrangements.
For one thing, my guest bedroom is now a portal into my work life, called the “SPH room”; the living room is now the “Situation Room”, where I catch up on coronavirus news on TV; and my balcony has been repurposed into the “Hermitage in the Forest”.
It is where I sit near my potted plants to meditate for about 15 minutes twice a day on weekdays – just to salvage what is left of my sanity after corrosive pandemic news.
It is difficult to sit through the news on TV without experiencing a sinking feeling that tomorrow, the streets will look like a set from post-apocalyptic horror TV series The Walking Dead.
But thankfully, I have found the antidote in meditation.
Using the breath-control technique of pranayama – a 5,000-year-old practice of mindfulness and detachment – I’ve been able to rein in feelings of despair.