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:CHAITRAS BLOG: New Norm

  • :BLOG: In collab with @enrichyour_mind, I documented the "new norm" of this Pandemic life, which you all might relate to some extent. As the project demanded to show two contrasting daily routines of our lives during the pandemic times. In the video below, you will see some days where I am super productive and some days where I find no motivation to move or cook. The motto behind is to remind oneself not to be hard when you feel unproductive, take a break when you are less motivated. 

The project was challenging to me, in terms of depicting the “new norm”. Unsure about what to document as content made me realize a lot of things about these uncertain times. I blame myself for not finishing the task for the day and me kind of be hard on myself. I am grateful for this project @enrichyour_mind as it allowed me to think about things which I usually unsee. It acknowledges me to be kind to myself and take it easy. I hope people accept this reality and embrace the new norm rather than waiting for things to be normal.

The message behind the project: 

Almost everyone we know will have a say or an opinion on how one should ideally spend the day during lock-down. One would want the day to be engaging and productive. But that's not always the case. Not every day will be the same. There will be good days where we feel efficient and there will be days when all one wants to do is lie down and do nothing. Just remember this: The world is going through a pandemic. There will be a paradigm shift and long-standing consequences. The best that we can do is to take things slowly, one day at a time. Be in the present moment. Most importantly, be kind and compassionate to oneself. Try you’re biting at doing things you like. If it works out- great! If it doesn't- it's ok. You can try again tomorrow. Don't berate yourself over it. Not every day will be perfect, and it's alright. 

 

 

  

  • Chaitra Shamraya blogs about her experience from working and living in Norway. From the student life in the village of Volda on the Norwegian west coast to the struggle with starting her career as an international journalist and an activist in Oslo, as well as working to establish he r PhD project.  In the summer of 2019, she started as a co-worker at Oslo Media House, where she is a very active contributor in journalism, as a speaker as well as freedom of speech activist.

 

 

 

Let say, the world has hit the reset button, and we are unlearning the old ways and understanding what is happening around us. It takes time to learn this, embrace the change as the rules you have been holding onto does not apply anymore. The business models that millions have spoken on "how to be successful" does not apply to the crises we are in. The procedure to greet people, to take a taxi, to use a particular device, waiting in long queues to enter a store, the classrooms, the theatres, the concerts, the gym, the stadiums isn't the same. Let's be brave and face reality, the pandemic crises and the new ways of life. 

I wake up to the world of uncertainty where I am always worried about my job security, the food I get to consume, the people I meet, the news I hear and the awareness of how the world is holding up as I rest my body to good night sleep. It is not easy to be productive every day, to be excited about things to do in the list I make, some days I enjoy writing. I indulge myself in endless research over the topic, and some days I want to do nothing. It is time to accept the “new norm” even if you hate it and would like to wait for the things to be normal. It is okay if you are not ready to face this now, but eventually, you have to accept it.

It is time to recalibrate our actions, what to unlearn, what matters, how to spend our time, what’s really worth your energy, what to invest on, what you need and what to buy. Trust me, it is not easy, and things are taking time as every one of us are still figuring things out. And it is totally fine if you are not able to recalibrate today and need some more time. It is essential to listen to your body and mind, take mental health seriously and practice compassion more. Everyone you meet is still figuring things out and are as anxious about the future as you are. Let us be kind to each other and give time to recalibrate as you embrace the new norm.

It is day 117 of my pandemic life and the last day of June month, this blog is very personal to me, and I have been writing my honest opinions and how I experienced the first half of the year. I have heard people cursing the number 2020, blaming the year, I understand where it comes from. I am aware of the sufferings and injustice happening around, all I want to say is the year 2020 has been very eye-opening to us. I have learnt a tremendous amount of things this year, it has challenged everyone to start from square one. The year of global crisis, people are fearful as we are living in uncertain times of racism and prejudice, that undermine human potential. Yet there's the chance to develop empathy for our fellow global citizens, to be kind and respect each other's cultures – to resolve our differences to make a difference. The year where longer plans are off the calendar so let's take each day at a time, invest energy on the right things, know when to ask help, practice self-compassion, be kind to others, and accept whatever may come.