The Free Time in your Lockdown. An essay by Ruchira Khanna


Most of humanity around the world is in the lockdown courtesy a virus. This micro-organism has a diameter of a mere 120 nm but can cause respiratory tract infections that can range from mild to lethal.
While our Biochemists worldwide are looking for an antidote, we can do our part of staying home and protecting not only ourselves but also the people around us. After all, Prevention by severing the chain is the only immediate solution. And we have to be the custodians of our bodies by managing our health and illness.

What to do in your Free Time?

With no commuting, time is plenty, although many continue to work as their jobs have moved to their home address.

These days going on any social media site is a bore since people have not much of an adventure to share. Although, one could get inspired by the cooking pictures that some display. Delve into a particular recipe and surprise yourself. After all, ‘Made at Home’ is the mantra for these days!

Making health a priority is vital these days—time to go inwards. Meditation, Yoga, Breathing exercises, Going for walks with the mask; adopting a healthy diet can help nurture your body and soul.

To be in gratitude for all who are serving us, such as the medical professionals, delivery people, farmers, and all the essential service people can be very grounding since headlines of death and infection have been surfacing since the beginning of 2020. The above heroes continue to serve our planet while risking their own lives.

This is also the time to dig into your to-do list that could have gathered dust over the years. “No Time” used to be our excuse. If we don’t pick up that list now, then we better shred it goodbye since the Universe is giving us ample time that we had ever wanted.

I am busy finishing up my current manuscript while I continue to work on remote energy healing sessions with my clientele. My to-do list comprises a list of books to read. I have to fill color on some empty canvases, listen to Vedanta talks, make a curriculum for my online energy medicine course.

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.” – Lawrence J. Peter

We need goals to keep us going every day. Those who have no purpose in life tend to collapse or waste their meaningful life into a meaningless one. Spring-clean your closets or a space that has been gathering dust since you moved in.

Make a goal for each day. It’s not complicated. It just needs a little bit of attention. Make a list of what you desire. That allows you to be mindful.

No one has ever become poor by giving. Anne Frank

“At the end it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Denzel Washington

Many non-profit organizations are asking for money so that they can either help the medical teams with their supplies or the underprivileged with food since the stay at home call has impacted small businesses. Doing our bit by lifting others can make us rise.

Life is a boomerang. What you give you get. Anonymous

Last but not the least important is Entertainment.
Netflix, Amazon, and Youtube can give you company when the mind refuses to provide you with any outlet. Time to catch up on all the movies on your list.

Entertainment alleviates the fear of life, but art vanquishes the fear of death.
Dean Cavanagh

Entertainment is a sacred pursuit when done well. When done well, it raises the quality of human life.
Michael Chabon

No doubt, times are challenging. But we humans are an intelligent race and can rise beyond our limitations. Let’s make the most of this present time with family and not be distracted by the melodrama and hysteria around us. Nothing is constant, and soon when this phase shall pass, we don’t want to lament over the time not spent. So, let’s gather our wits and try to be in the present.

Your days are numbered. Use them to throw open the windows of your soul to the sun. If you do not, the sun will soon set, and you with it.
― Marcus Aurelius


A Biochemist turned writer who gathers inspiration from the society where she writes about issues that stalk the mind of the man via tales of fiction. She projects the mental growth of her characters thus, making her readers tag her work as, “Books that make you ponder!” She blogs at Abracabadra which has been featured as “Top Blog” for three years. Many of her write-ups have been published on LifeHack, HubPages to name a few. She can be found here or on Twitter @abracabadra01


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