Author and Isibaya actress Ayanda Borotho is one of many people using this lockdown period to spend more time with her family and home-school her children. And, as expected, she hasn’t neglected self-care and spirituality.
Wakes up: 9am
“Because of the lockdown and having young kids at home, it means I'm really only able to put [in] work time after the family goes to bed. So, I sleep around the wee hours of the morning and sleep-in the day after.”
First thing you do after waking up: “Pray and meditate (without fail) then brush my teeth.”
Breakfast, lunch, supper: “That varies. I'm trying g to keep the meals interesting because we are having three meals a day, which is not a norm. I've tried to do meals that are not time- and energy-consuming. We do a lot of Amasi, Asian (noodles), soups, etc. I also freeze stews to avoid too much work.”
Eating more or still controlling your diet?
“I've been very cognisant of my eating habits during this time. I'm following a stricter diet than normal.”
Between meals: “Kids have to be schooled, cook, clean up, Zoom meetings in between, some days are laundry-washing [days].
“Some days we cycle with family. Blessed to have enough space to do that. Most of the work execution happens at night. I also try to put in reading time during that time.”
What you watch, if anything: “I really haven't been watching a lot of TV. I simply don't have the time. I've only watched one Netflix film since lockdown started. I catch up on the news a little later in the day but generally I try not to overindulge. There’s already a lot of information overload so I try to limit what I expose myself to.”
Bedtime: “Always after midnight. Between 12am and 2am. "
“Emotionally, it has been quite the rollercoaster. Some days are better than others, but I remain grateful for everything.”