Adjustment is tiring
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
I've certainly noticed feeling more tired since the social distancing came into force, and the anxiety of the pandemic became resident in my head.
This morning I found this really enlightening blog which confirmed what I'd thought - but also made me feel more resolved to get my act together and get a routine going. Also - prepare for feeling very duff next week!
"People in the first few weeks of lock-down may feel low and could be tearful. This is a normal adaptation stage. Please don’t worry too much but be reassured that this will pass for most people and next week you will feel better..... However, there is one period to be aware of that can occur around three weeks after the start, when a person can succumb abruptly to a bout of melancholy and a loss of morale. But once this phase has passed these feelings of despondency tend not to return."
There is an example given from Shackleton's famous adventure, stuck in the ice!
"Shackleton insisted on strict meal times and ordered everyone to gather in the officers’ mess after dinner to have an enforced period of socialisation. These scheduled activities prevented a social monotony that can occur when a small group of people are confined together for significant periods."
[although not practising social distancing - what a blessing they didn't succumb to an infectious disease between them - seems the recorded emergencies were frostbite, dental abcesses - and surgery carried out without anaesthesia!]