Third quarter blues.

Last week was a difficult week. After being in lockdown for over a month the boredom finally began to settle in and I started to get cabin fever. When the lockdowns began it was easy to stay home. It was novel to have all this free time on my hands and a reason to down tools for a little while and enjoy some free time.

I don’t normally go out very much to begin with and I get anxiety in social situations like clubs and parties, so the slower pace of life suits me really well. Unfortunately there is only so long that anybody can last without being able to go for a beer in the sun or enjoy a coffee with friends, last week I hit that wall. Apparently it’s common around this time. I’ve noticed quite a few of my mates going through the same thing. It’s the nutty time when they start bleaching their hair and shaving their heads. The socials are steadily getting thirstier and thirstier and peoples tolerance for the loss of their freedom is beginning to wear off.

I wonder how long we can sustain this? My enthusiasm for staying in lockdown is breaking but I’m no less committed to doing my part and staying home. There are people out there who feel the same and the inner conflict is breeding frustration and resentment.

There was a very noticeable drop in my enthusiasm and energy last week. I was comfort eating, smashing down the chocolate, Cheezels, pot noodles and brown sugar bubble teas. My workouts were suffering, I slept in and then zombied around the apartment in my pj’s half asleep.

If you’re feeling the same way then take comfort from knowing that this is normal and we are all feeling it. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be productive, these are unusual times.

To break the funk I started doing a few things to get myself moving again. Every day after the gym I used to walk to the shops and get the days groceries. So now after my morning workout I go for a walk outside. It helps for me to feel connected again and helps me keep some sense of the routine I had pre-lockdown. I’m also avoiding day time naps and going to bed earlier and at a regular time. This is helping me get up in the morning without feeling laggy. Getting back on my diet and away from the junk food that had me falling in to a food coma every afternoon has also made a big different to my energy levels during the day.

I’m sure we will push through this. Remember staying positive doesn’t mean you have to be happy all the time, it means being confident that there are better days ahead. I’m already feeling the rhythm coming back and it won’t be long until we can all see each other again.

It’s worth noting right now that all this complaining happens I’m the midst of a lot of first world privilege. There are people out there doing it A LOT harder than we are every day even before COVID and I try to remind myself of this everyday and just how luck I am.

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