By Sadie Maude
One of the few positives of lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic is that on a whole, many people are now able to do things that they would not typically have time for. While this can be seen as a largely positive thing, it can be very overwhelming.
Many young people who would have normally spent their days at school or working part-time are now faced with an abundance of spare time. Whether you have been baking banana bread, learning Tik Tok dances or making the most of the unusually sunny weather, everyone is desperate to find ways of filling their time.
Despite having all this extra time to learn new skills or finally do that job around the house that you have been putting off, a lot of people are feeling incredibly unmotivated and uninspired. Personally, I have struggled a lot with this. I study journalism at university so I would like to think of myself as a fairly creative person. I write a lot in my spare time but have had zero desire to do so. This made me question not only what I usually enjoyed writing about, but my choice of degree. Had I made the wrong choice? At a time where journalists in the broadcast sector in particular, and the online news industry are thriving, why do I have no motivation to contribute something of my own?
I think this all comes down to lack of stimulation. Before this, we would go out most days and unconsciously take in everything going on around us, without this many of us are left uninspired and feeling quite flat. In an attempt to combat this, people are trying workouts (which, if you’re like me lasts about a week before sacking it off for Disney+), or learning new skills like baking or knitting. I downloaded a language app and now spend a few minutes every day going over the Japanese I learnt at GCSE. While these things don’t sound like much, you can’t help but feel productive afterwards!
There is no right way of dealing with feelings like this as everyone is different. But at the end of the day, if something isn’t making you happy then stop doing it. We are all in the process of adjusting to a ‘new normal’, it would be unrealistic to expect fulfilment right away, it is just a case of finding what works for you.
Lockdown has given people a lot of time to think, and while it’s easier to focus on the negative things going on right now, try and take comfort from the fact that the whole world is in the same boat. Having bad days is completely normal and justifiable, after all, there is a pandemic going on! Try to focus on yourself. It’s easy to compare yourself to others in times like this but as long as you’re finding ways to keep happy and healthy then that’s all that matters!
This piece was submitted by Journalism student, Sadie Maude. At Independent Skipton, we are eager to support local students and provide a platform on which they can share their writing. If you are a student from Skipton and would like to contribute an article, please submit via email to [email protected]