• Greg Morgan

Strange Lockdown Habits & How to Break Them

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been a strange time, with lockdown isolation, social distancing, and sheer boredom frustrating many. All over the world, frequent and extended lockdowns have changed how we live on a fundamental basis. From remote working and schooling arrangements to the development of weird new habits, spending more time at home has altered how we interact with the world around us. Let's take a look at strange lockdown habits and how to break them as life slowly gets back to normal.

As you might expect, there are more people staying inside and staring into screens than ever before. According to Kantar, social media engagement has grown by 61%, web browsing has increased 70%, and even traditional TV viewing has gone up 63% during the pandemic. With computers and phones being used for work and play, some people are developing negative habits around technology. While technology is a great way to connect with others in a time of social isolation, it can easily get out of control.

Maybe you've started using your phone while eating dinner, checking your messages in the shower, or even playing mind-numbing games on the toilet. Perhaps procrastination is a big problem for you, with social media, online forums, and endless internet browsing just a click or two away. You may even be addicted to the never-ending daily news cycle, with constant COVID-19 updates enough to stress anyone out.

If any of these issues are a problem, it's important to develop positive habits around technology. While you don't need to log-off the internet completely, there are many ways to limit screen use and become more productive. Setting time limits around technology can be very useful, as can designating certain parts of the day for different online activities. Eliminating phones from certain rooms of the house can also be a good idea, as can the occasional digital detox.

During lockdown, lots of people have developed strange eating and drinking habits, some of which can be problematic. While there are more people cooking and baking than ever before, over-eating and excessive alcohol consumption need to be kept in check. With lots of people working from home and a lack of differentiation between time-off and time-on, it's easy to extend snack breaks or happy hours over the entire day. While restraint is always a useful skill, self-awareness is the real key to healthy habit forming behaviours.

Wearing the same clothes every day is pretty normal during lockdown, but it's not always healthy and can make you feel down over time. While comfort is great, wearing different clothes for work, relaxation, and exercise can help you stay happy and productive throughout the week. Once again, creating clear separation in your schedule is the key to setting healthy habits. When you associate different times of your day, different areas of your home, and different parts of your wardrobe with specific activities, you can create a positive sense of structure that feels great and is easy to repeat.

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