04 Aug Are you losing your sense of time? You’re not alone
It’s August now, in case you didn’t know. Did you need a double-take to remember? You’re not the only one.
For many of us, it feels like we get out of bed on a Monday and almost instantly our heads are hitting pillows on Friday.
It’s never been more challenging to remember the time, day or month.
Like everything this year, this strange adjustment is essentially a result of the exhausting, depressing pandemic.
Since March, our lives have been turned upside down.
By no means is it the worst aspect, but it’s been debilitating to go through the drawn out cycle of news.
New cases, deaths, restrictions tightened, restrictions loosened, travel bans relaxed, travel bans re-enforced: this repetitive, non-stop glut of similar bad news every day takes its toll on us.
Groundhog Day, déjà vu; call it what you like, but every day has a similar, tiresome feeling to it.
This blog doesn’t want to be too much of a downer however, so we want to do more than just complain; we want to amp up the positivity so we can all deal with the craziness.
We’re brought up with the idea that having a consistent structure and routine in our lives is a good thing. It shows that we’re organised and diligent, which are important traits throughout our working lives.
Right now, however, it’s possible this routine is making things worse for us. As the bleak news keeps on coming with no prospect of relief in sight, it pays to mix up that routine to stay grounded.
You don’t have to do anything too radical, but setting aside one day or night a week for something different like takeaways or a movie can shake up the dreary monotony of everyday life.
Rather than making it every Friday night, mix up your Mondays or Tuesdays with something different too. Constantly adjusting your weekly lineup will make each week feel different and reduce some of that energy-sapping repitition.
A full calendar can make all the difference even when we’re going through a rough patch. Facetiming family and friends interstate, especially those in Lockdown 2.0 in Victoria, will also be beneficial for everyone. Our reality doesn’t seem as bad when we have someone else to vent with.
2020 is the year in which up is down, left is right, black is white and being structured and organised can be a negative.
We should do everything we can to stay mentally stimulated, if only to regain our sense of time and place. Knowing where and when we are is crucial to staying grounded and we can’t let that sense slip away.