“I have so much anxiety”
“I can’t wait till things return to normal”
“I think I’m officially losing my mind”
“I can’t wait till I’m not with my kids 24/7 anymore”
We’ve heard them all. Sometimes our friends we don’t hear from are the ones that struggle the most. Struggling with their mental health in uncharted territory. But what if there was another group? A group that was thriving in lock down. A group that felt better than ever. A group that felt guilty to speak of it knowing how many people are struggling in a negative way. I’m one of those people. I have loved lock down for so many reasons, and studies show there are many of us feeling this way. They call it “Lockdown Relief” and it is affecting those who have constant internal pressure.
Jasmine Cooray, an integrative counselor states “People who are driven by keeping up appearances, productivity, showing up to everything, achieving lots, being visible and being there for everyone have found themselves chilling out, landing in a feeling of relief at not having to perform any more. Because they have been given permission to do what they want to do … their relationship to themselves is much more authentic and organic as a result of not having an audience” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/29/coronavirus-lockdown-anxiety-mental-health
This lock down has given me the opportunity and time to do the things I truly enjoy. The above picture was Easter. There was no pressure to go or do anything I didn’t desire. It was a wonderful holiday spent with my cat Chi Chi, making homemade pasta and drinking delicious local wine. What things have you found bring you joy in lock down?