The pandemic not only hit the world physically but it leaves long-lasting impacts on the mental health of those who contracted this virus which remains to be painful even after their recovery.
Indian model and actor Malaika Arora recently opened up about her struggle with the virus and its after-effects on her mental wellbeing.
Malaika Arora is known for her fitness enthusiasm and works hard to stick to her exercise goals. She recently took to social media to open up about the struggles of feeling like her old self again after she tested positive for coronavirus in September 2020.
“‘You’re so lucky, ‘It must have been so easy’ is something I hear regularly. Well yes, I am grateful for a lot of things in my life. But luck played a very small role in it. And easy!? Boy! That, it was not.”The Chaiyya Chaiyya star opened up.
“I tested positive on the 5th of September and it was really bad. Anyone out there calling a COVID recovery easy, is either blessed with great immunity or isn’t aware of the struggles of COVID. Having gone through it myself, ‘easy’ is not the word I’d choose,” she said.
“It broke me physically. Walking two steps felt like a herculean task. Sitting up, just stepping out of bed, wanting to stand in my window was a journey in itself. I gained weight, I felt weak, lost my stamina, I was away from my family and more.”She revealed, listing how the virus broke her spirit.
However, that wasn’t all. Arora revealed that despite testing negative, the impact the virus had on her body was there to stay.
“I finally tested negative on the 26th of September and I was so grateful that I did. But the weakness stayed. I felt disappointed that my body wasn’t supporting how my mind felt. I was afraid that I’d never gain back my strength. I wondered whether I’d even be able to complete one activity in 24 hours.”She said.
She also shared her feelings on getting back to working out.
“My first workout was brutal. I couldn’t do anything well. I felt broken,” she admitted, adding that the second day she got back up and told herself she could do it, taking it one day at a time.
“It’s been about 32 weeks since I tested negative and I finally have started to feel like myself again. I’m able to work out the way I used to before I tested positive. I’m able to breathe better and I feel strong both physically and mentally.”
She further credited her recovery to ‘hope’. “The hope that it’s all going to be okay, even when it feels like it’s not okay,” thanking her fans for their never-ending support.
“Thank you to all of you who have been sending me messages, DMs, and inspiring stuff which kept my spirits high. But I also pray that the world recovers as well and we all come out of this together. I come out of this phase with two words — grit and gratitude.”