It’s been more than a year since we are isolated and in lockdown, and just when it seemed like the covid was on its way out, the cases began to increase again. People are now so fatigued, that they find it difficult to keep their spirits up and fight off the depression. So just like regular tiredness, that arises from the exhaustion of doing the same work over and over, this lockdown fatigue is the result of people staying home for so long.
Each one of us can relate to this situation because we are suffering what’s been termed as “lockdown blues” — a slow, paralysing feeling of mental and physical tiredness following a lockdown.
How is the feeling?
This can be described as the most stressful events of our lives. Lots of things are disturbed during this stage, such as strained relationships, workplace uncertainty, financial insecurity, family health and well being and disturbed daily routine all this contributes to this fatigue that is taking toll on our mental and emotional health.
It has affected people differently, but some common symptoms are:
Lack of concentration
Stress and anxiety
What to do?
We are sociable people and physical distancing might feel claustrophobic to us, but we all are well aware of the fact that physical distancing will definitely slow down the spread of infection and save the lives of people until the majority of us are vaccinated.
Therefore all the factors, that come forth during this time need to be treated with emotional intelligence. Where we can train ourselves to be aware of the situation and understand its intensity and effects on our surroundings.
Though it disrupts our usual pattern, we need to stick to or create a healthy routine including all the important elements that are best during this time:
Eat good food
Meditate, Exercise, Breathe
Enjoy family time
Stay connected (digitally)
Help elderly and kids to stick to the new routine
We have all the alternatives in hand with the help of digital technology, if we plan wisely we can play a significant part in flattening the curve to keep the number of cases down.
Productive ACTIONS for awesome RESULTS
The actions below mention a few activities, so brainstorm and find your own activities!
Try something new, something that you are hesitant to do usually. Let this time bring out a new version of you!
If you have a terrace or a garden, plant seedlings and see your happiness grow into small plants, organise indoor picnic or games with family with food according to the theme…
Bake cookies, cakes at home, try new recipes that you could not do due to shortage of time. Men can also show their cooking talent and impress the family at the same time…
All the episodes of your favorite show, but keep track of the time and the other chores and activities
Become a vlogger, blogger, writer, artist, online tutor…
Enjoy more time with family, doing household chores, playing board games, doing cleaning as workout, listening to the music
Learn calligraphy, new language, cooking, video tutorials, art, craft and a lot more!
Create art pieces using acrylic colors, hand made gifts…that all depends upon your creativity
Reconnect: with your old friends, neglected hobbies…
Understand your thoughts, emotions, feelings…
IMPORTANT: Mindfulness, physical and emotional well being, daily workout, journaling, dance, meditation, breathing etc are very important to add productivity in our NEW ROUTINE!
Time for FREEBIE !!!
Feel happy Bingo Game to beat the lockdown blues
Feel happy bingo game is a simple and interesting game
It reduces stress and creates happiness
Since everyone is facing lockdown fatigue…this game will help you have a joyful time while playing it.
How to play:
- 1.Print this page out. OR, you can copy it.
- 2.Complete a line vertically, horizontally or diagonally – you choose.
- 3.You can also challenge yourself, to complete all the variations.
- 4.You will feel the difference upon finishing!
- 5.Choose a family member or a friend as an accountability partner.
- 6. It gives you motivation to complete your challenge.
What you need most for this bingo is the willingness to take this challenge
All the best
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Disclaimer – This post is a personal view of the author.