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Life Lately – How COVID-19 has affected me.

Life Lately – How COVID-19 has affected me.

Hello friends! It’s been almost a year since I wrote a life lately post. A lot has happened and I’m finally in the mental space to share.

We have so many new followers, I think it’s only right I reintroduce myself and update you on what’s been happening lately.

I’m Tosin, one of the Ts. I’m a twenty something year old day dreamer, avid reader and book lover, Medical Doctor who’s just trying to navigate this adulting thing one day at a time. I enjoy sleeping, sleeping and sleeping some more. Last time we ‘gisted’, I was engaged. Well, I’m now single – I don’t know if this information is relevant to you. It probably isn’t but let me just put it out there that my dating history since I got back to Nigeria has been a hot mess. I wonder why.. * NIGERIAN MEN*. You know what? This is another blog post entirely so I digress.

OWANBE BEFORE COVID-19

I’m an introvert and 100% enjoy spending time alone or with a few friends – read as one because I actually don’t have friends – Surprise Surprise. But you guys are my friends and that’s all that matters right? Anyway, this explains why I haven’t stepped outside my house in almost two months. JK. That’s all COVID-19. It’s also a bit contradicting because I enjoy talking A LOT as evident by this introduction. . You know what? Let’s just say I’m a collection of paradoxes.

Now to why I’m here. I enjoy writing life update posts because It’s like a little catch up sesh with you guys but I only do this about twice a year which is weird because as boring as my life seems, IT HAS BEEN QUITE DRAMATIC in the past year.

So grab your tea, juice, snack and let’s catch up!

We are all aware Titi relocated to Canada, if you aren’t, you should read her posts here, here and here. It was bittersweet but It was very exciting because it’s a shot at A BETTER LIFE in a place that isn’t out to kill your body, soul and spirit.

Before she left, we had a family photoshoot.

Featuring our sister!

So, I moved places so my commute to work would be easier and I was with family so it was a win win but then COVID-19 happened and I had to move again so as not to expose them to the virus as I work at a hospital and I’m at a higher risk of being exposed.

While I thought this was going to be my major problem, devil was working overtime as usual and boom, I get a call from work saying I have to go on an unpaid leave. WOW WOW WOW! LOOK AT THAT. For how long? I asked. Till further notice, they said. Well, hello there unemployment!

I’ve read so many stories of people losing their jobs and getting pay cuts but It’s interesting to see how it’s affecting health workers.

This is mainly why i’m talking about how COVID-19 has affected me personally.

But as pessimistic as I may appear, I sometimes like to look at the bright side of things. So, I thought to myself, you know what? Maybe it wasn’t the devil working overtime but God trying to protect me somehow? Yeah, I’m going with that.

The first week went by fast, I had been working for one year without leave so I was pretty exhausted. I slept throughout the week to just recuperate.

Then I started having anxiety attacks. I started over eating – which is good in a way because I’ve been trying to gain weight for ages and it hasn’t worked out. I panicked about every single thing.

As if that wasn’t enough, my body started betraying me. (One day i’ll be open enough to share my struggles and how draining it has been). At this point it all seemed like my life was A BIG JOKE. LIKE AM I A JOKE TO YOU, UNIVERSE?

I’ve been home for a little over a month and I am finally starting to feel better, I am a lot more active on social media ( FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST) , I dusted and cleaned my Nikon Camera and started doing what I genuinely enjoy doing – Taking photos, reading and buying books.

Here are some things that have helped me through this whole process

  • Focusing on the good. Drowning the negatives.
  • Being grateful. I always write down one thing i’m grateful for everyday. No matter how trivial it might appear. Journaling, journaling and more journaling.
  • Praying and on days I can’t pray, I listen to worship songs.
  • Worship albums i’m currently obsessed with : Elevation worship – Graves into Gardens and At Midnight.
  • Doing things I genuinely enjoy – Reading books, blogs, articles, trying new smoothie recipes and taking lots of pictures.
Mango Banana smoothie
  • Celebrating the small wins. Having a good day is a win for me.
  • Family. They have been immensely supportive and I cannot imagine what my life would be like without them.
  • Accepting the uncertainty.

You’ve taken time out of your day to read what i’ve been up to. Your turn! Let’s catch up. What have you been up to? How’s life treating you?

  • TOSIN
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7 thoughts on “Life Lately – How COVID-19 has affected me.

  1. Lol Tosin, you’re my friend in my head o. So dead that “I don’t have friends” talk. (Never mind that I say the same thing all the time). 😂
    Thank you for being so transparent! I’m glad you have a routine that’s working well for you. I really need to get on the thanksgiving journal train.
    I’ve honestly been drifting for a large part of this year but today has been good – I started a book “An Enemy Called Average” and I’m ready to change things up for good.
    I’m sending lots of love your way, may God cause all things to work for your good. X

  2. Hi Tosin, I’m glad you’re feeling better. I’m sorry about your engagement and your job. The lockdown has been such a struggle for me. I low-key think I had the corona too. I had all these plans for the year and I know everybody says it but everything was just about to click pre- Corona so it hit me really hard. I was enjoying the lockdown in March and April but the uncertainty of it all hit me really hard this May. I’m unemployed, it’s been almost two years but it still feels like I’m in a new city and it was just overwhelming. I’m feeling a lot better and trying to make the best of the time but focusing on the things I can control like my new found joy -my blog. I’m really excited for Titi though, I can’t wait till I can leave this country. And your family shoot is really cute. I’m new to this blog but I’m excited to be here and have found it.

  3. Hi Tosin, I’m glad you’re feeling better. I’m sorry about your engagement and your job. The lockdown has been such a struggle for me. I low-key think I had the corona too. I had all these plans for the year and I know everybody says it but everything was just about to click pre- Corona so it hit me really hard. I was enjoying the lockdown in March and April but the uncertainty of it all hit me really hard this May. I’m unemployed, it’s been almost two years but it still feels like I’m in a new city and it has just been overwhelming. I’m feeling a lot better and trying to make the best of the time but focusing on the things I can control like my new found joy -my blog (https://ayebatari.com) and obsessively watching Grey’s Anatomy . I’m really excited for Titi though, I can’t wait till I can leave this country. And your family shoot is really cute. I’m new to this blog but I’m excited to be here and have found it.

    1. Hello Ayebatari, This was such a lovely comment. Thank you for stopping by. We will get through this. I like how you’re focusing on the things you can control. Keep doing that. I need to definitely catch up on my shows.

  4. Sending you virtual social distancing hugs 🤗🤗
    I’m glad for the positive things you found to focus on. Isn’t it great that no matter the situation, there are still things to be grateful for? God is amazing.

    Keep living life, someway somehow, we come out stronger or with more experience to keep forging on 💪🏾

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