5 Tips to Beat for Lockdown Fatigue
We are all feeling the effects of this extended lockdown, and freedom can seem a long way away!
People are starting to fatigue, and the mental health impacts of such a long time in enforced lockdown is very evident now, and will continue the longer we are restricted.
The prolonged isolation, the loss of jobs, work and income, lack of social contact and seeing loved ones, along with no real date in sight of when this will end, is causing an extremely heightened level of stress, anxiety and fear.
Job keeper and other financial support may help to some extent, but going to work and having a job or a business is not always just about money (although of course that is a big factor!). Often though, the psychological effects that people are feeling can be due to loss of identity and connection that comes with work.
When people are no longer able to do their job due to these current restrictions, not only do they feel powerless and unsatisfied, they may not feel like themselves any more. With no timeframe or end date in place, it’s very difficult to plan ahead, or change course of action. Even if people could change their job or business, there’s no saying what will happen, which can lead to a great sense of overwhelm, lack of direction, and helplessness.
If you’re feeling this, you’re not alone. So many people are struggling right now, so here are 5 tips for managing your mental health:
Moving your body shifts your energy, and gives you an endorphin rush! Exercise also floods your system with fresh oxygen and brings life back into your body. Being stagnant for so long creates sluggish energy. Try yoga, walking outside, or a home fitness app that can guide you through some movements to strengthen and move your body!
2. Eat right
I know it’s tempting to eat sugar, junk food and drink too much alcohol, but we all know that is the quickest way to feel even more sluggish, heavy and hungover. Eat food that nourishes your body, is nutritious, and gives you energy! Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit is key.
3. Turn the screen off
We spend far too much time in front of the computer, on our phones or in front of the TV, and even more so now we are at home with nowhere to go. Give your eyes and brain a break, and try getting outside for some fresh air, reading a book, painting, doing a puzzle or cooking to fire up your brain in a different and more creative way.
4. Drink more water
When in doubt, drink more water! Water is vital for our health – it keeps us hydrated, delivers oxygen throughout our body, boosts our skin health, regulates our body temperature and helps to flush toxins out. Keep a water bottle on your desk, and you can even add a slice of lemon or cucumber to make it more refreshing!
Sometimes we all need a bit of help, and if you’re sliding down in a negative mental spiral, it’s time to seek support. Book in for a Distant Reiki session with me to give yourself that much needed mental and energetic boost to help get you through. Don’t wait until it’s too late! If you’re feeling at all anxious, panicky, worried or stressed, I urge you to book in for a session here.