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What to do in Covid-19 lockdown to fight depression


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All social groups, activity groups, gymnasiums, community centres, cinemas, restaurants, coffee shops, and libraries here have been shut down for at least 4 weeks, probably longer. Most have already been very limited for the past 9 months.

For people like myself living alone (with very few friends and no near relatives) this is a nightmare scenario. I've come up with some strategies (e.g. walking/hiking, shopping at the few stores still open, going out for takeout food), but doing these things alone and with social distancing becomes increasingly difficult and discouraging as this pandemic drags on.

I'm not a fan of zooming and virtual meetups. I'm looking for in-real-life activities with people, but the resources aren't available. Cold winter weather has significantly exacerbated the situation.

Thankful for any feedback!

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I live day by day having no idea really what tomorrow will be like.  I make a very long list of coping skills specific to me and ride the wave of doing what my mind thinks I have to do today to get through this.  We're not going to be happy the whole time.  Not even close.  A lot of this is going to feel like making the best of a jail type situation but keeping in mind I fully believe things will be better in the spring.  If we can make it to April 1st we will get through this.  This has never been fully about the health of people and keeping them safe.  The lockdowns ended here the exact day the state government's unemployment budget ran out.  Governments everywhere are probably saying we can't do this beyond April and have a country left.  Whatever this world is like by then we need to go back to normal and just see what happens.  That's my opinion so please just do whatever you have to do to get to April 1st.  Right now I'm to old DVDs and old video games on systems I'm surprised still work.  I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel here but I'm not giving up and I hope you don't either.

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One thing that has helped me a bit was reading. Even an easy read like something fiction can take your mind off things if you are able to get engrossed in the story.  I’m not normally a big reader, but tv around here has become pathetic.  Or even audible books? 
 

Another thing I started doing was bird watching. It sounds so silly, but I have now put up bird feeders.  It gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning to make sure they have their food for the day. 
 

 

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I can't believe what is going on right now and can't believe the whole vaccine rollout that people are in a rush to get. It all seems so unbelievable and crazy so I'm just going to keep living the way I do minus getting close to people which I already do. I just don't know what's going on???  

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1 hour ago, watalife said:

I can't believe what is going on right now and can't believe the whole vaccine rollout that people are in a rush to get. It all seems so unbelievable and crazy so I'm just going to keep living the way I do minus getting close to people which I already do. I just don't know what's going on???  

I agree.  People rushing out to get tested and rushing out to get a vaccine.  There's not a big enough group of people to hold me down to do either one.  I'm hiding here as much as I can and staying away from people.  I will be absent from this story.

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I appreciate the reading suggestion - I don't do enough, except for online news articles. Agreed that there's virtually nothing on TV worth watching. 

You may well be right that lockdowns could end by about April because there won't be enough government money to prop up the economy, which imho will be in dire shape by then, if not already. 

My personal struggle with the lockdown stems largely from the fact that my life revolves around being out and about - every day. I'm in my 60s and every day that I sit in my little apartment alone is one more day of an ever-diminishing  timeline in which I feel I've accomplished nothing socially. The result is situational depression - so I'm still forcing myself outside daily even in this harsh winter weather. Not nearly as much fun as back in March/April when we anticipated warmer weather, and less social contact because most people are just cooped up. I'm unable/unwilling to isolate!

I really feel for seniors in nursing homes who can't leave their rooms and aren't allowed visitors. 

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10 hours ago, StillHope said:

I'm unable/unwilling to isolate!

Then don't isolate.  Honestly there never really was a lockdown here.  The governor said what we had to do and people just basically said no I'm still living my life the same way as I did before.  They can't really control us.  We choose how this goes.  We just have to realize that.

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One other thing I forgot about that helped me quite a bit several years ago, was I taught myself to cook.  Nothing fancy, but I found a site called “Allrecipes” and started making some of the recipes that sounded good.  I also bought pioneer woman’s cookbook as she shows you step by step what to do.  It’s something to do to keep your mind occupied if you are in your house.  
 

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Just now, CJ70 said:

One other thing I forgot about that helped me quite a bit several years ago, was I taught myself to cook.

Cooking helps me a lot also.  I started learning to cook when I was 12.  There were no fast food venues then, and I enjoyed it.  As you say though, always learning to cook.  I  got an air fryer oven for Christmas, smallest I could find and am having a great time with it. 

Bulgakov

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17 hours ago, sober4life said:

Honestly there never really was a lockdown here.  The governor said what we had to do and people just basically said no I'm still living my life the same way as I did before.  They can't really control us.

They can here, and do. Businesses in particular are heavily regulated as to what they can and can't do. A large restaurant near here was shut down and heavily fined for infractions and the owner was led away in cuffs after not complying. Stores are strictly limited to maximum customer numbers allowed in. I can't go to any of the social venues I frequented because they're closed.

I think the degree of lockdown and enforcement is happening state by state, province by province, region by region, which in my opinion is why it's all pretty messed up. And rules change almost weekly.

Agreed that the enforcers can't really control my individual movements much (although officially I'm not to congregate with more than one other family, and I've heard of cases of neighbours snitching), but if there's no place of interest (e.g. movie theatres, community centres, coffee shops etc etc) to go, then I'm pretty much controlled. I can walk or hike, but the winter weather here is really unpleasant, trails are treacherous, and you don't meet many people doing that in January.

Shopping at Walmart has become an excuse for a social outing. Wow. That's kinda sad 😉

Cooking is great! It's just not my thing to do at home alone. I'm looking to meet people, and that simply won't happen in the confines of my 1-bedroom apartment. 

I have tried some social networking, but that's been rather futile and frustrating.

I really enjoy solitude (by choice) but enforced isolation sucks. Friend of mine made the right decision in September and is working remotely from home now in balmy southern Mexico. Not in my budget 😞

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.. much appreciate all suggestions though. Our area is awaiting possible announcement of 8pm curfew. That'll be fun. NOT

I'm checking a few networking sites. Lots of people experiencing excessive isolation, but connecting is not easy

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Exericsewise you can try things like crossfit or youtubers with programs like ChloeTing. Theres tons of ways to exercise during covid with internet even with no equipment.

If its the social element then you could try reddit or discord but you might not like those people but since covid affects everyone more people are using social media.

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On 1/11/2021 at 11:45 AM, Evergreenforst4 said:

Exericsewise you can try things like crossfit or youtubers with programs like ChloeTing. Theres tons of ways to exercise during covid with internet even with no equipment.

If its the social element then you could try reddit or discord but you might not like those people but since covid affects everyone more people are using social media.

Yes, exercise is imperative! I have that somewhat under control with trail-walking and stairwell-climbing. Don't find exercise equipment very much fun.

The much bigger challenge has been social. While I've interacted online with numerous people over the past 10 pandemic months, nothing useful or particularly interesting has come of it. I've concluded that 'organic' friendships are extremely difficult to find online. Filters are needed. Without them one can just waste a lot of time.

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