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. Keep reading for 5 tips to beat lockdown fatigue!
Lockdown stress and fatigue
The prolonged isolation, the loss of jobs, work and income, lack of social contact and seeing loved ones is exhausting. Along with no real date in sight of when this will end, it is causing an extremely heightened level of stress, anxiety and fear. Job keeper and other financial support may help to some extent. However, going to work and having a job or business is not just about money (although of course that is a big factor!). The psychological effects that people are feeling can also be due to loss of identity and connection that comes with work.
Uncertainty and overwhelm
When people are no longer able to do their job, not only do they feel powerless and unsatisfied, they don’t 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, there’s no saying what will happen, which can lead to overwhelm and helplessness.
5 tips to beat lockdown fatigue:
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 movements to strengthen your body!
I know it’s tempting to eat sugar, junk and drink too much, but we all know that is the quickest way to feeling sluggish, heavy and hungover. Eat food that nourishes your body, is nutritious, and gives you energy! Plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit is key.
Turn the screen off
We spend far too much time in front of the computer, phones or TV, and even more so now we’re at home with nowhere to go. Give your eyes and brain a break! Try getting outside, reading a book, painting, puzzling or cooking to fire up your brain in different and creative ways.
Drink more water
When in doubt, drink more water! Water is vital for our health! It keeps us hydrated, delivers oxygen throughout our body, 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. 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.
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