It’s not often we end up in a situation that challenges us so thoroughly – or for so long. 2020 was hard for us all and some more than others, forcing adults worldwide to adjust to stressors they had never experienced before to such a great degree.
And some, understandably, have struggled more. This is perfectly normal and perfectly understandable, highlighting for many adults a need to consider how they live their days and weeks and how they adapt to difficulty.
Today we’re going to speak on this in a little more detail, covering a few key ways in which people have succeeded in maintaining wellbeing and productivity to a reasonable degree during lockdown.
First and foremost comes the important and easily overlooked fact that one’s environment drastically affects their wellbeing – and that their wellbeing affects their productivity and inclination to save money or to spend it poorly.
When 2020 was still in its infancy, there was a common sentiment to make the best of lockdown. To become focused and to address creative projects and pursuits that daily life left unfulfilled. It was an admirable idea, but it involved a level of optimism that proved different from reality.
Understanding and appreciating that we’re limited during a time like this has been the start of a healing journey for adults all over the world. Background stressors close in, making it understandable and OK that we can’t leap at every opportunity before us.
Isolation and Wellbeing
For many, enforced social isolation has shone new light on just how important and precious human connection is. Even for those who struggle with issues relating to social anxiety, the undeniable value of intimacy, friendship and contact has proven invaluable in completing an adult’s life. While a person may choose the manner in which they pursue those connections, their importance remains a part of the picture for living a life with wellbeing and meaning.
As learning points go, it’s a tough one. Isolation can lead us towards our poorer tendencies, which has been reflected in the startling increase in addictive behaviours across the UK in the last year including alcoholism, drug abuse and gambling. Without friends and loved ones around, we are more likely to fall into a spiral we may struggle to pull ourselves out of. With them present, even through a PC or phone screen, we are empowered to stay the course.
Another key learning point many adults can resonate with is the consumption of news and social media. The term ‘doom scrolling’ gained popularity in 2020, reflecting the increase in idle time and the tendency for mainstream news outlets to report on negative stories that attract readers.
The mental consequence, of course, is significant. Adults have gained a fresh understanding in recent months of how important it is to control and choose your intake of news and social media carefully. Done with diligence, we can maintain our wellbeing to a fantastic degree – even during a time like this. Consumed haphazardly and with a tendency towards sensational titles, our consumption can prove instrumental in increasing anxiety and feelings of depression.
We hope you’re well!
For those reading today, we hope you’ve found this piece informative and helpful. The Everyday Loans team, acting as a long-term loan lender to many adults across the country, wishes all health and happiness in the months ahead. After pulling through such a unique period in our history as a country and world, light appears at the end of the tunnel. Stay safe, stay inside and stay in touch with those closest to you.