To help us spread messages of support from our family to yours, we recently connected with Muluba Habanyama, CANFAR National Ambassador, and asked her to share her experience living through the pandemic.
How are you staying in touch with loved ones/your community?
My situation is a bit different than others but it is equally challenging. I have been physically distancing alone because my sister is an essential worker. Like everyone else, I have been connecting with my loved ones and community digitally.
How has working from home throughout the pandemic been for you as a young professional?
I feel very blessed to be able to continue working during this time (and to not have to commute), but the first couple of weeks of working from home were difficult for me. I was sleeping, working and even eating in bed. Then I realized I had hit rock bottom and had a strict talk with myself to get myself moving again. What’s helped is keeping my bed for sleeping, my desk for working, my dining table for eating, and coming up with a proper daily routine. Simple things like more Zoom calls with my colleagues and getting ready for work like I normally would have helped.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do once quarantine is over?
In addition to hugging my loved ones, I am looking forward to having a conversation with a stranger. Even when I go out for walks in my neighbourhood, no one is smiling at or even acknowledging one another. I will never take for granted brief moments of connection I have with uber drivers or servers or other strangers I interact with every day.