As you read this, I am likely laying on my settee binge watching Season 4 of Grey’s anatomy, slowly working my way through to season 15 (thankyou Amazon Prime), whilst drinking a very refreshing aloe vera drink with a splash of gin. You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m on holiday, but like a chunk of the nation, I’m lazying it up in lockdown.
Rather than working away on my website (urgghhhhh), focusing on my admin (really?), or exercising to keep in shape (jogging to the fridge) I’m fully chilling and enjoying the love of the lockdown slow down.
Thing is, I ‘know’ I should be making better use of my time (I did come up with the slogan ‘lockdown laydown’ for my free Youtube meditations), but actually, so many of my friends, family, and clients are experiencing the sinister side effects of lockdown that I’m going to let the lethargy part slide. The reason is the overwhelming discomfort in lockdown, or ‘lockdown anxiety’ as it’s being termed, is a much worse symptom of the current restricted lifestyle than lethargy. If lethargy was a corner shop of possible problems, then anxiety is the shopping centre or mall.
Common anxieties include the fear of getting the Covid 19 infection from anyone, anywhere, the worry and stress of not knowing what is happening to our jobs, work or study. The fear of this continuing indefinitely. The stress of being kept inside rattling from one room to another and the normal routines of meeting up with friends or family, going to an exercise class, or relaxing in the pub, all gone. With these routines all lost, so far we’ve seen sleep is affected, dreams become more vivid, mood is bouncing around up and down every day more and changes in productivity and self esteem are also linked.
If you are experiencing an increase in anxiety during lockdown this is normal and something not to panic about. At any other time in your life, you might worry about a sudden onset of irritability, worry or insecurity. However, lockdown is such an unsual occurence that your reaction is normal in response to such an abnormal unusual situation.
Five things you can do that can help reduce anxiety during lockdown are: