I am definitely suffering from lockdown limbo, I don't even know if this is a phrase, but it is now! I feel like I have achieved nothing this year, and the rest of the year feels just as bleak and uninspiring. I want my old life back, well parts of it.
I know I am not the only one suffering in this way. We have freedom without freedom. The world isn't the same as it was. And we have no idea when it will return to normal (if it will at all). Bringing with it a loss of purpose, no reason why or reason for being. It can cause anxiety because we feel so much is out of our control and that this uncertainty will be with us for months to come.
Wow! It is no wonder I am feeling in lockdown limbo and, it makes perfect sense that my energy is depleted as a result. So if you are feeling this way too, I want you to know you are, normal! It's normal to feel this way and, this will pass.
So how do we take back some control? How do we boost our energy, even if by just a little?
As I dig deep and look at my training in core energy coaching, I can share with you the six influences on our energy. They can drain energy, increase stress and make us feel unhappy if they aren't right. Or they can energise us, support us and makes us feel enthusiastic.
The six influencers are:
Spiritual: Our purpose, the reason for being, values and beliefs and desires.
Mental: Clarity, ability to stay focused without being distracted, having the mental capacity to deal with everything on your plate
Emotional: Your needs and desires, being met by the things you do. How excited you are about your to-do list. How you respond v's react to the situations facing you.
Physical: What your body is telling you, are you practising self-care, sleeping and eating well, so you are physically fit.
Social: The right interaction with the right people. Being surrounded by people who are like-minded and boost you energetically (see prior post who's in my tribe).
Environment: Your surroundings which allow you to complete or enjoy things you are doing.
As I reflect on the list and with the guidance of my amazing coach who helped me explore these elements, it makes perfect sense why I am suffering lockdown limbo! All of the energy influences in my life have come under attached during the first half this year. Some worse than overs and at varying time.
My environment has changed so much, locked in, restricted, it hasn't brought flow to my life or helped me succeed. Except for the lack of commute!
My mental capacity has been bombarded and is now overflowing. As I navigate the ever-changing list of demands on my time and new information coming my way. The only constant has been change.
My social circle shrunk and hasn't returned to normal. I miss fun!!!! Hugs, laughter, time out and time away from everyday life.
My physical energy has changed beyond recognition, I am carrying extra weight as the fridge has beckoned to often and, the gym has shown me a no entry sign. My good intentions of walking, yoga and being a self-care goddess are but a distant dream.
My emotions have been a roller coaster, up, down, sideways and fully shook up. I know I've retreated at times or reacted instead of responding.
My spiritual self has no clue what's happened. Someone dropped a bomb on everything I know to be true. My purpose, what I believed to be true, and desires, puff gone.
I feel exhausted writing it all down. But it feels good to get it out of my system and reflect. It has helped me make sense of my feelings of limbo and nothingness.
I know being able to make sense of this is the first step to making things better. Understanding what I need more of and where the energy is draining from my life will help me for sure.
I can't imagine I am the only one feeling this way. If this is you too, have faith this will pass. Use the areas above to areas above to assess where you re. What is having a positive or negative impact on your energy levels and to what extent. What can you do to improve the situation? Awareness is insight, which leads to choice!
Please share this with someone you think needs to hear this. If you need help get in touch, at inflori we deal with all kinds of life dilemmas, there is a wealth of experience and support available. You can follow on Instagram or Facebook for tips and inspiration. I wish you the best of luck finding happiness and love, life is to short not to shine brightly.