Coronavirus crisis: What happens to our minds as we are living life under lockdown

Romania is under lockdown. The coronavirus pandemic is nowhere near its end, and the Romanian government tightened restrictions in the attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. But how does life under lockdown feels like during the coronavirus crisis?

I might be one of the lucky ones because my life isn’t much different than it was before. I can’t travel at the moment (as that’s obviously not an option at the moment), but I have been working from home for over one year. I have my routine set in place. Yes, I am also jobless, but I have my blog and vlogs to attend to, and I treat them like a job.

I do not lack ideas on what to do with my days and my hours. I have plenty of to-do lists on my phone and on my notepad. Yesterday, I wrote a list of inspiring things to do at home during the coronavirus lockdown (which was a tiny success so far).

But I want to talk about the average individual, who is used to having an office job, getting up in the morning for that 9 to 5 (he/she hates) and who is always complaining about he dreadful traffic endured from the comfort of his/her car.

And I want to focus on what happens in our minds, not on how we not allowed to go out of our homes.

How are people living their lives under lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic

Obviously, most of us used to go to an office every day. But that is not an option at the present time. Most European governments (and others) have imposed strict regulations. They have limited personal liberties as a measure to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Most people work from home (which is obviously a recognition of the technology we have available and the fact that most office jobs can be actually remote jobs).

And while working from home seems like a dream come true, most seem to not know what to do with this dream. I will give you the biggest tip (that you’ve probably heard before): Establish a routine!.

Creating a daily routine is what paves the road to a successful career, dream job or whatever it is that you are working on. Even I have a daily routine and I don’t have a job (per se). Yes, working from home offers the flexibility to your schedule, but without a plan set in place… there won’t be a long list of achievements by the end of the month.

But, the idea of lockdown can screw with our minds.

The constant news I get on all social media channels about the inevitable challenges humankind is facing is messing with my mind. And I can’t be the only one.

That’s why I decided to take a step back and not check the news every hour, and use social media less than I used to. Hearing and reading the same message over and over again (and the paranoid opinions about the crisis) is not bringing any value to my life. And I have no energy for things and situations that don’t bring any value. And you should do the same.

In times of crisis, keeping a healthy mind is essential.

That’s why all psychologists recommend having a routine. Checking the news is not a routine you want to have. By living a chaotic life (and checking the news all the time), our brain gets the message of a crisis. In times of crisis, the brain can fall into the trap of paranoia, as it stays alert to pick up any signals to determine if we are in danger and it eventually gets tired.

The brain sucks a lof of our energy. By keeping it alert all day long, it will drain you and leave you unproductive. And it’s only downhill from there.

Another interesting trend I’ve observed on social media (and the reason I started using it less and less) is the abundance of content posted on Instagram, Facebook and shared on all messaging platforms.

It’s a constant digital buzz (I talked about the effects of social media during the coronavirus crisis before) that drains us of energy.

I’m important to observe how everyone has turned into a creator as if his or her home activities have somehow become a point of international interest. As if he/she is part of a social experiment, lockdown at home, while the rest of us are watching. I highly doubt that’s the case, but if anyone is interested in such a topic, I strongly recommend reading 1984.

I am not interested in such home activities and I have never signed up for it. The problem I have is that these accounts have become home-related overnight. While others have started posting because they see it as a trend.

It’s not a trend, and nobody is interested in your daily home activities. We all eat, cook, clean, and work from home.

There’s no point in talking endlessly about the probability of the apocalypse coming.

And there’s just a waste of people’s time to watch you do your chores (except if that is what you used to post before and that’s what people want and have always wanted to see).

I can’t get my head around posting content out of boredom and my only conclusion is that you are boring and live a boring life. And I will probably stop following you. Thank God for the mute option.

During these awful times, we are all boring and most of us live a similar life. We don’t need a reminder of that. Perhaps, we do need inspiration on how to make our days better. We need ideas on how to improve our condition. We need to be mentally challenged to keep our minds sharp.

What pisses me off is that I have worked to curate the content I see on social media and it’s all going to waste as most contributors to my digital feeds are transforming into these crap creating accounts that bring no real value to those who follow them.

If I can’t say or post something that will bring value to someone else’ life, then I don’t open my mouth. And I don’t post anything.

Saying nothing is better than occupying the digital space to say nothing.

I said it before. And I will say it as long as someone needs to hear it: Let’s make the best with what we have.

Iulia Vasile

Iulia is a travel expert, blogger, engineer, freelance copywriter, and a curiosity-driven personality. She sees travel as the ultimate tool for self-improvement and personal growth, and that's the main topic of her blog,

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