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LOCKDOWN FATIGUE: SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR

As Sydney reaches a month in lockdown with no clear end in sight, and Melbourne is plunged back into their 6th Lockdown since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to imagine a life without constant border closures and restrictions. The repeated change and uncertainty tied to the pandemic has caused psychological, physical and emotional implications and culminated in many Australians experiencing ‘Lockdown Fatigue’.

The idea of ‘Lockdown Fatigue’ has been raised worldwide and is described as a state of exhaustion caused by the long-term effects of COVID-19 and the changes to every aspect of people’s lives. Adapting to this change and altering routines will initially cause low energy and a lack of motivation as we adapt to the new way we’re being asked to work and live. This could be managing multiple people working from home, children homeschooling or if you live alone, a sense of isolation and monotony.

Some symptoms to keep an eye out for if you think you or someone you know is experiencing lockdown fatigue could include:

  • Sadness
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Reduced interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Physical exhaustion and burnout

‘Lockdown Fatigue’ can also have a negative impact on workplace motivation and performance causing difficulty focusing, prioritizing, problem-solving and making decisions. The good news is, we can manage this! By utilizing effective communication, modifying approaches, and re-setting goals, teams can turn the crisis into an opportunity by resetting and realigning into a collective approach.

  1. Here’s some handy tips to consider:
  2. Stay connected with co-workers by scheduling regular virtual or phone meetings.
  3. Show gratitude and recognise great work.
  4. Check in on your team’s wellbeing.
  5. Set boundaries around checking emails or working late.
  6. Seek external support if needed.

If you would like help managing change in your organisation, contact TMS Consulting on solutions@tmsconsulting.com.au for a free initial consultation.

References
Managing Lockdown Fatigue – Australian Psychological Society

About the author

Amelia Graham

Amelia Graham is a Psychology graduate, who is passionate about Organisational Psychology and working with organisations to strengthen working relationships and culture within teams. With a background developing and supporting training workshops in the franchising sector, Amelia has strong interpersonal, administrative and organisational skills and experience working with clients across a wide range of industries.