5 Ways to Support Your Body and Mind Through Lockdown Fatigue
Lockdown fatigue is on the rise — but there are ways to support your body and soothe your mind, naturally.
Maggie Maroussis, In Essence Wellness Educator
Did you know that 4 million Australians have experienced anxiety?
Most people experience stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic personally affecting each of us in the last 18 months, the number of people reporting higher levels of stress has grown significantly. This really matters because — depending on the level of severity — anxiety can really impact one’s quality of life.
How stress and anxiety affect your body and mind
Stress and anxiety share many of the same emotional and physical symptoms, so they can sometimes be difficult to tell apart. Determining which one you’re experiencing is critical to finding an effective solution and, ultimately, feeling like yourself again!
Generally, people under stress experience both mental and physical symptoms which are easy to identify. Feelings of irritability, tiredness, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping are all commonly reported. Anxiety, on the other hand, is defined by persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away — even after the reason for the concern has passed. These worries can give people suffering from anxiety an overwhelming feeling of dread; often debilitating them and hanging around long after the stressful situation has passed.
How to combat lockdown fatigue
Lockdown fatigue can certainly worsen the symptoms of stress, and add yet another layer of anxiety to those already struggling. Lockdown fatigue is often described as a state of exhaustion, caused by the long-term effects of the pandemic and the changes it has caused to every aspect of one’s life.
Thankfully, there are natural ways we can combat lockdown fatigue. Here are a few helpful routines and methods of self-care to help deal with stress and anxiety in lockdown:
- Improve your sleep. This is a gamechanger and immediately changes our bodies responses to every situation. Try to go to bed at a similar time each evening, whilst avoiding the temptation to sleep in.
- Be kind to yourself! Practice self-love and self-care — accept the fact that it is totally okay not to feel okay right now.
- Exercise and eat well. Moving regularly and eating well provides a good foundation and framework for overall physical and mental health
- Use complementary therapies. Diffusing a relaxing Pure Essential Oil formulated to calm and soothe, such as the In Essence Anxiety blend, is perfect for symptoms like nervous tension and uneasiness.
- Relax! While it’s a given that we have more time on our hands now, it’s important to be mindful of how much of that time is spent connected and on devices. Ensure you power down that laptop when working from home and have some much needed phone-free time doing something you love and enjoy. It is also a good idea to enjoy a new hobby or activity, particularly one that you haven’t tried in a prior lockdown.
If you’ve been experiencing the symptoms of general stress or anxiety, or if lockdown fatigue has been affecting you, it’s important to take care of your body and mind. While sleep, exercise, eating well, and relaxation can all help, it’s important to seek help from others when you need it. If you’re interested in coping with anxiety, you can read our guide to 4 Methods for Coping with Mild Anxiety to learn more.