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The strange emotional ups and downs we’re all experiencing in quarantine

here is no denying that we are living through incredibly strange and unique times. From the social distancing orders to full-on lockdowns, life has never seemed quite so emotional or confusing. One moment, you’re carefree and relaxed, while the next you find yourself fraught with anxiety and praying for a release. We’re all experiencing fragile emotional ups and downs right now, but we can overcome them with some commitment and a little know-how.

Embracing our emotions for what they are is a good place to start, but we also have to understand where they come from and understand the ways in which we can transform them to our benefit. You don’t have to spend your time in being scared, overwhelmed and uncertain. You can find your way back to happiness and joy again by aligning once more with your authentic purpose and getting creative about the new future you’re building.

When one month becomes two months.

As the lockdown orders first took place and the first offices shuttered their doors, there were some who welcomed the break. We live in a society that seems to pride hard work above everything else, and who rewards those who sacrifice themselves on the wheel of capitalism. The social distancing orders imposed by the rampant spread of COVID-19 changed everything, however, and before we knew it — one month was becoming two as we slipped into a strange Groundhog Day delirium.

While the various quarantines and shelter-in-place orders took effect over time, many of us came to realize the various emotional ups and downs that were beginning to take place. Shuttering yourself away indoors no longer seemed as promising or relaxing as it once had, why? Because it couldn’t distract us from the fear and the unsettling detachment that was beginning to permeate everything.

Living socially apart is not something that comes naturally to us humans. We are creatures of social habit, and we are creatures that need our work routines and our “nights out” in order to feel as though we are living a fulfilled and worthwhile existence. If you feel as though you are treading through unimaginable emotional valleys and peaks — you’re not alone. All of us are dealing with a number of complex emotions, and the only way we can work through them is by accepting them and getting inspired and committed to change.

The emotional ups and downs we’re all experiencing.

There are a number of different, complex emotions we might be experiencing right now. Spanning far beyond simple uncertainty, these feelings can include top-shelf frustrations, and a pervasive ennui that makes it hard to see any light in the future.

Grand frustrations

You probably have a lot of time to spend on Google Earth, or thinking up your next grand vacation, so chances are you’re looking at more of the world now than ever before. Seeing a big vast world, but being unable to take part in it, can be heart-wrenching and aggravating. Right now, you might feel that you’ll never get to fully experience the people and places you always dreamed of, and you might even be feeling like you’ll never get to leave your small corner of the planet again.

Déjà vu

We’ve all had feelings of déjà vu before, but those feelings might be especially powerful now that you’re stuck in the house and limited by the social interactions you can have. You might find yourself doing a chore or watching a film and then think, “I’ve done this before.” It’s because you have, and you’re probably going to do a lot more of it — but that can then become both disappointing and frustrating.

Constant regret

Regret is a powerful feeling and one that is extremely uncomfortable. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, there was a great deal of panic buying and a great deal of inconvenient fallout in the wake. If you were someone who found yourself begging for toilet paper, or struggling to find the bread and milk you needed, you might be wishing you could go back in time and prepare better or do things differently. This nagging feeling might haunt you throughout your time in isolation…

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