Feeling overwhelmed during lockdown? These 6 methods could help

No one could have planned for the pandemic that has shook the world, businesses, schools and life as we know it. The national lockdown imposed as a result of COVID-19 has left a lot of people feeling anxious, others idle, and many others feeling overwhelmed. 

I’m definitely one of those people who’s been feeling overwhelmed. A few weeks into lockdown, I found myself without a nanny or maid, working long hours from home, homeschooling two kids, cooking, and cleaning, you name it. I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. At some point I was certain I was losing my mind. 

In this article I’ll share how I’ve been able to overcome overwhelm during this lockdown period. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, physically and emotionally fatigued or low on energy, I hope these six methods will help you too.

1. Priotise time for yourself and the things that lift your spirit

You might have heard someone say, “this song just lifts me up whenever I’m down”. In your case, it might not be a song but maybe meditation or prayer, reading a book, exercise, listening to a specific genre of music or a simple soak in a hot tub. Schedule half an hour to an hour every day for yourself and the things that you love and know can lift up your mood and energy. 

2. Delegate

Both at work and at home. I am a firm believer that everyone in the house can play an important role when it comes to household activities, especially if you and your partner both work from home and the kids are homeschooling. You don’t have to do everything alone. Your partner can help, and if your kids are old enough, you can assign them some tasks as well. Divide and conquer! 

3. Take time out

You don’t have to be everything to everyone all the time. If you feel exhausted, take time out. It’s also important to take a day off from work every now and then to regain your strength. Remember that in order to give of yourself, whether it be at work, business, home or family, you need to refill your cup. You need to be energized and healthy, mind, body and soul. 

4. Stay positive

Nurture your mind with positive thoughts. Our thoughts control how we feel and ultimately control our actions. Whenever a negative thought creeps in, acknowledge it and then consciously replace it with a positive one. This is one skill happy people have learned to master. Try it!

5. Connect with your people, your friends, family and even colleagues

Call and check up on your old friend or cousin you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Schedule video calls with your siblings and nieces and nephews. Connecting with people helps improve our mood and make us feel energized. Whatever you do, just don’t isolate yourself, stay connected and maintain those relationships. 

6. Dont be too hard on yourself, you’re doing a great job

Don’t be concerned about whether you’re being a good mother, partner, friend, colleague, etc. Cheer up, you’ve got this! 

“When you are at peace, you attract positive energy.”

Sen

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