Hello Cool Cats & Kittens

The reality of lockdown

With 21 days to kill time, most of us had a list of goals and tasks we wanted to tick off in the coming days. 1 week in and I’m realising how enthusiastically wrong I was.

I bought 4 books for lockdown, signed up for German classes, got my fitness program ready, and then lockdown started.

I’ve been sleeping a lot, eating unhealthy, staying up late, binging Netflix (Carole Baskin killed her husband) and spending hours on Instagram a day. I haven’t touched my books, spent about 1 hour on German and exercised once. I also can’t remember what we used to talk about prior to the Corona outbreak.

Lockdown has brought us Tiger King memes, so that’s a plus

Starting out this post I was planning on writing about cool things to do during these 21 days, but honestly I think this lockdown has had an interesting psychological affect on most of us.

So I rather want to write about the reality of it, at least for me.

Some of the thoughts I’ve had these last few days:

  • What day is it?
  • Is it okay to have a snack right after lunch?
  • I’ll start tomorrow
  • I think that’s enough productivity for one day (at 10:00 AM)
  • Time for a nap (11:00 AM, 1PM, 3PM, 6PM)
  • Should’ve bought more wine
  • I miss my friends
  • I feel guilty
  • I feel really guilty

I read something really interesting earlier this week:

“Do you want to know why you feel so tired, even though your daily activity load decreased?

It’s trauma response.

Because you can’t fight the virus actively, and because you can’t run away from it, your body is going into ‘play dead’ mode. It’s common in those who experienced ongoing trauma in their childhoods, and it’s happening now: we’re powerless, fight or flight is out, so the only coping strategy left is avoidance.

So be kind to your body who needs a few extra naps right now. You’re processing a lit, even it isn’t consciously. Be active when you can, but don’t force it. You’re coping and you’re healing.”

I found this really interesting, and somewhat comforting – I see a lot of people online posting workouts and activities, and it made me feel really bad about the fact that I felt exceptionally tired, lazy and frankly a little depressed. But as time passes I’m seeing more and more people open up about the fact that they are also struggling.

I firmly believe that we will be able to slot into a healthy routine over the next few days as our bodies are adapting to this new norm. There’s a very good chance that the lockdown might be extended depending on the rate the curve flattens in South Africa, so we need to focus on establishing a healthy routine, whatever that might look for you as an individual.

But I want to let you know that if the past week was messy for you, and you didn’t get to do anything you were planning, you still have another full 2 weeks left for it, and you are most certainly not the only one going through the experiences you’ve been having.

Here are some really cool things that have worked for me so far:

  • Face Time with friends and family
  • Setting reminders on my phone (I’m not napping less, but just at fixed times)
  • Spend some time outside in the sun (if you have the means)
  • Rotate your work environment (I try to work in the office, in my room, outside, in the kitchen)
  • Sleep when you feel the need
  • At least try and avoid sugars and carbs as this can put your body in a slump/sugar crash
  • Create a schedule for yourself, mine looks like this:

Stay safe fam, 2 weeks to go.

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