The coronavirus pandemic is making us all face a host of challenges. Our lives have changed beyond recognition in a short period of time in many ways. We’re spending more time in our homes. Many of us aren’t at work. The kids aren’t at school. We can’t see our nearest and dearest unless they happen to live in the same house as us.
The list goes on. But it’s absolutely essential to stay as positive as possible at this time. If you find you’re facing an immediate or an ongoing problem during the lockdown period – and if it’s causing you difficulty, concern or stress – it’s important to tackle it head on and come to some sort of solution that works for everybody. Here are just a few problematic lockdown situations that you may find yourself facing at some point or another and what you can do to overcome each.
Getting Locked Out
It’s happened to the best of us. We’ve walked out of the front door without thinking about it and it’s slammed shut behind us. Or we’ve left our houses certain that we have our keys on us, only to find that we’ve left them back inside. During normal times, this is a mere inconvenience. Something you’d rather avoid but not the end of the world – you just spend a bit of time outside your house while you wait for someone to arrive with a spare set of keys or to reset your locks.
However, during lockdown, it may seem like more of a problem. After all, we’re not meant to be spending time outside of our houses. You probably don’t want to sit on the floor outside while you know germs are rife. You want to get back into your home as quickly as possible with minimal contact with others. If you find yourself in this situation, call a reliable locksmith. They’ll be able to get out to you as quickly as possible and rectify the situation – giving you fast and easy access to your home without having to come within two metres of you.
If you’re living with other people during this time, arguments are likely to surface at some point or another. Tensions are already high and many of us aren’t used to spending all day and night, every day and night, in the presence of another person. If you do find yourself arguing with someone you live with, it’s essential that you get to the root of the problem and do your utmost to come up with a solution as soon as possible. It’ll be much better for your happiness and your wellbeing.
If mess becomes a point of contention, create a chore schedule, or lay down rules and guidelines. If you snap and say something harsh, apologise. Establish boundaries. Give yourselves time apart in different rooms. Work together to make things nicer for everyone in the house. It’s human nature to argue. But you shouldn’t let things boil over and become unpleasant.
On the other hand, we have loneliness. If you’re living completely by yourself, chances are you’re feeling pretty lonely by now. Most of us are pretty social and enjoy being in others’ company. But you needn’t completely isolate yourself.
Sure, we need to stay away from people physically. But we’re living in a digital age where long distance contact is better than ever before. Remember that you can phone people. You can text. You can chat on social media. You can have a video call. You can even try group video calls and see whole groups at once.
Keep in touch with people and give yourself some social time in this way each day. It’ll really help!
Lack of Motivation
It can be difficult to feel motivated when there’s not much to do. But this really will be key to happiness during this period. Keep active. Keep your mind occupied. This can be by doing whatever you like. It could be home exercise. It could be baking. It could be learning a new language. It could be watching a TV series. It could be doing a jigsaw puzzle. The list is endless!
Sure, lockdown is bound to be difficult for many of us. But where there’s a problem, there’s generally a way to overcome it. Hopefully, we’ve managed to focus on a number of different areas and have given you insight into how to best tackle problematic situations you may face at some point or another!
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