Beating the lockdown blues


Ira Rishi

Mental Health Ambassador

The ongoing pandemic has shown us just how vulnerable the human race is. This year has been a true test of adaptability, stretching the limits of humanity to an extreme. This year has been so hard on us, that we have ‘canceled’ 2020, and we’re eagerly waiting for the clock to strike 12 on December 31st, as if that one stroke of a hand would vanquish our problems.

If that was true, every New Year would start with a new slate. We wouldn’t be carrying our issues, our problems, our realities, from one year to another. We also carry with us our new resolutions, new rules we’d like to follow, and the lessons that the previous year taught us. Indeed, this year has been a truly upsetting one, but after all, it is teaching us quite a lot of new things.

The older generation that used to once curse the technology is now embracing it, and even mastering it, using it to connect with their loved ones. The teachers who used to fumble with the presentations in classes are now teaching full-time using technology. At the same time, the youth that used to be glued to their phones is now graciously taking their eyes off the screen and indulging in new hobbies.

Families are coming together to celebrate occasions through Zoom, reminiscing their old memories, this all proves the fact that: This hard time will be easier for us to go through when we’re together.

While we are gracefully embracing this new normal, it’s evident that we’ll be suffering from the lockdown blues every once in a while. Here are some simple tips that you could use to turn your lockdown blues into something more colourful:

1. Add more colours to your routine: If you’re trying to unleash your inner artist, this is a great time to start experimenting with new colours. So take that paintbrush and paint the rainbow!

2. Try picking up new hobbies: When I say new, I mean something completely out of your comfort zone. This is the perfect time to challenge yourself and see how far you go with this new hobby!

3. Try making a routine and sticking to it: It doesn’t have to be the kind you used to make when you were going to school, waking up at 6 am and going to bed at 10 pm.

A routine can be as simple as a small habit that finds a small corner in your day. It could be taking care of a plant, making breakfast for the whole family, or even going to the terrace for some ‘me’ time!

4. Indulge in a self-care routine:Self-care is another kind of routine that’s special to just you. It could include journaling your thoughts, lighting candles and meditating, or even following a skin-care regime. Take out some time to take care of yourself and give thanks to your mind and body for all it does for you; it will help you form a better bond with your emotions and your physical self.

5. Work towards a healthier lifestyle: It’s easy to lose track of your physical activities when you’re at home most of the time. Therefore, make sure you take care of your physical self along with your mental health by doing home workouts, yoga, and eating healthy!

6. Get help when you need to: When you need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your loved ones. When you need to seek help for an online lecture, do reach out to your fellow students and teachers. This is a challenging time for everyone, but the world is in this together, and this journey will be much easier and gratifying if we all are there for each other and come to a mutual understanding that everyone is trying to do their best.

7.It’s okay to not be okay: Sometimes, even when you’re trying your best and doing all the right things, you might still feel upset or sad or confused or not okay. And that’s okay! There’s no rush for you to find out why you’re feeling that way or what you need to do to feel better.

Sometimes the best thing to do is to just acknowledge how you feel and talk it out with yourself. If you’re not comfortable talking it out with yourself, then you can certainly talk it out with someone who you trust. Just know that’s okay and you’re not alone!

There’s so much more that you can do apart from following these tips. You can find a new lifestyle that’s comfortable and refreshing for you, and for that, you need to be self-aware.

You’re the person who knows yourself the best and so, there’s no one better than you to tell you how to beat the lockdown blues in a way that’s unique to you.

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Discussion Board

How have you beat the trouble the lockdown has given you?

shreya raj
Amazing article Ira💯
Rohit Chopra
One way to beat the lockdown is staying in touch with people digitally instead of in-person. 😇
Pari Laddha
Incredible article✨