How easily could you climb this hill?
It is a gentle slope, but quite a ways to the top. Imagine you could not stop or turn around. Do you think your heart, lungs and body would help you make it?
And if you made it to the top, how would you feel?
- Perhaps tired
- A bit breathless
- Grateful you made it
- And probably relieved it was behind you
That is exactly how I felt as I recovered from COVID. I made it to the top and survived the COVID Journey. Post-COVID, here is what I learned in the 3 months since I was diagnosed.
Knowledge is Power
The world is still learning about this virus. The more we, “post-COVID” folks, talk about our experiences, the more we contribute to the collective knowledge base.
I am a data gal. I spent 25 years in the high-tech world where I dealt with database technology and data mining. In layman’s terms, it means that the tech products I was involved with were used for data analysis. In other words, the data was used for finding trends, predicting outcomes based on metrics and storing millions of bits of information in hopes of finding a needle in a haystack to lead us to new insights. I see the post-COVID situation in the same light. We need to continue to collect more data in order to understand this health crisis better.
COVID Takes a Toll on your Energy Levels and Reserves
The analogy of Climbing the Hill is a good one because most people can relate to how that feels. At some time or another in your life, you probably had to exert some significant physical effort for a duration of time without stopping. So, I’m sure some of you are already thinking that the Hill would be a piece of cake to walk up. And yes, others may be thinking they could tap into their energy reserves to complete the task if they really had to. On the other hand, there are some of you who could not even attempt 10 steps without feeling winded and wiped out.
I fall into the second category. By no means am I a trained or an elite athlete, but I do know that I take good care of my health and am diligent on my “energy management.” In Yogic terms, we refer to our energy as “prana” or “life force.” To a trained eye, one can see how much life force people have in them by the way they hold themselves, the way they move and the way they speak.
I have high energy and a good supply of life force because I work at it. When I feel drained, I rest. When I feel energetic, I work or play. Therefore, I feel I came into my COVID journey with some good energy reserves, and I am so glad that I stockpiled them. I was required to tap into them during my 8 days of mild flu-like symptoms. Definitely, they helped me to fight off my fever and body aches.
The aftermath of COVID was a surprise to me
Just because I got through it, doesn’t mean that it did not take its toll on me physically. My energy levels post-COVID are not as high, and don’t last as long, as they were pre-COVID. Nowadays, I need to rest more often, take longer periods of doing nothing and just pace myself a bit slower. Post-COVID, I’ve also had moments when I’ve wondered if this is my “new normal.” Nonetheless, I continue to practice all the holistic and Ayurvedic Practices that I did throughout my active COVID period such as:
- Eating nutrition-dense foods to keep my energy up and restore my energy reserves
- Drinking lots of fluids to flush out any leftover toxins
- Re-directing my thought life by getting absorbed in reading fun novels to help calm and soothe my nervous system
- And doing my daily Yoga practice of deep breathing, moving, bending and twisting to help the healing process
Prepare Yourself! In Case You have to Walk Up that Hill
While discussing COVID, my doctor mentioned that people with pre-existing conditions often do not have the internal stamina to take on the fight. In other words, their bodies might give up before they reach the “top of the hill,” or they might take a long time recovering. I think of his statement in Yoga therapy terms: they do not have enough life force energy reserves to fight off the invader.
I don’t wish COVID on anyone, but I do want you to be prepared… just in case. Most of us have a flashlight and extra batteries in our house should the electricity go out. Similarly, we also need to stockpile some energy reserves in our mind, body and spirit to fight AND recover from any attack on our health.