So, we are currently on our third national lockdown and have at least a month left of isolation.
I’ve talked to quite a few people who’ve slowly managed to adjust to the new normal. Some people have even benefited from it, finally able to invest time in the things they find most important: side-hustles, hobbies, self-care and family life.
It’s beautiful that even amid the sadness, fear and uncertainty, there are still some positives to be found ☀️
Of course, the pandemic has also caused a pretty severe mental health crisis, with people experiencing more stress, anxiety and depression than ever. Some of us are even breaching breakdown-territory, slipping back into old unhealthy coping mechanisms and self-destructive behaviours.
I think it’s so important to talk about our mental health during these difficult times. Hopefully, by sharing our thoughts, feelings and coping strategies, we can help to support each other through 2021.
Credit to Sarah from Life In A Breakdown and Bex from Futures for providing these questions and hosting the linky – be sure to check out their lockdown series and share your own mental health lockdown journey too.
1) How are you feeling/coping?
In my usual flittering fashion, my emotions are pretty temperamental!
Some days, life in lockdown feels like paradise – zero social obligations and everyone has to stay 2 meters away from me at all times? Er, hell yeah! Other days I feel like I’m going stir crazy with loneliness and boredom, to the point where I can feel myself slipping.
2) What have you been up to over the past 7 days?
The last seven days have consisted of decorating my new place, online shopping for my new place and annoying my new neighbours with terrible guitar-playing. I’ve also managed to get some writing done (lost my momentum for a bit but its back!)
3) What do you think the coming weeks and months might hold for you (or the world)?
It’s hard to say what I think will happen for the world because everything is so uncertain. It’s starting to feel like we’re all moving one step forward and then two steps back. Hopefully this year will see some things return to normal – but really, who the hell knows!
4) If you could remind yourself something about this time in years to come what would it be?
I haven’t been to the pub in the months and I am doing totally fine, so there’s really no need for me to spend half of my pay-check in there every month.
5) What have you bought this week that others might like? Especially if from a small business.
I recently moved house so I’ve done A LOT of house-related shopping this week. Somebody needs to take my bank card away because online shopping is slowly becoming a new self-destructive pastime. Still, I’ve bought some really cute ornaments that have helped to make my new place feel more homely, so I’m not too mad at myself.
6) What is a unique (or not) technique you have used to get you through this time?
I keep myself as busy as possible and try to stick to a routine. Giving myself less thinking time and more doing time is great for tackling intrusive thoughts.
I also try to keep up some responsible rules like no lie-ins, no wine before dinnertime and no lazing around in my underwear all day. It’s semi successful 😂
7) What is something your readers might not know about you?
I’m a bit of a bookworm, which is something that has got me through these lockdowns. I’ve been re-reading my favourite books of all time – Wuthering Heights, Lolita (yes, that Lolita) and of course the Harry Potter series. Next up is The Catcher In The Rye. Bring it on!
8) What have you been grateful for over the past 7 days?
Music. It can calm me down like nothing else can.
What does your life in lockdown look like? Let me know in the comments down below.