If you are in a part of the world that is still under lockdown, you may be feeling a strange sense of burnout or hopelessness. You may feel excessive fatigue, apathy, as well as many other strange emotions. Which is hardly surprising.
For those of us who are Empaths, it is getting increasingly difficult to hide from everyone else’s low emotions and loss of optimism. Which isn’t helped by all the weird energy influxes we are being bombarded with. The Schumann Resonance, that I talked about in my last post, being one.
Being locked away is a form of torture. Something that is used to rehabilitate those who commit crimes against others, in the hopes they won’t commit a crime again. So, it’s no wonder that after a year of confinement the masses are coming to the end of their tether.
These global lockdowns have impacted people’s health in so many ways. Both mentally and physically. You may yourself have noticed the light seems to be dimming, not only in people’s eyes but also in their energy.
I have already discussed my theories on why we’ve been experiencing what we have, in previous posts, so I won’t go over them again (you can read some of them here, here and here). But what we all need, during these difficult days, is reminders of what we can be doing to lift ourselves up, and raise our vibration. Ways to keep us strong and empowered.
During trying times, what is easy and instinctual is not always right or what our body needs. It really helps to shake up the system and throw in some challenges. Mix things up. To lift us higher we must light the inner fire.
Although the following is written with the Empath in mind, the techniques can work for anyone. Sensitive or not. So, without further ado, here are my 7 recommendations to deal with lockdown burnout.
1. Get Reenergised:
Spending a lot of time locked up in our homes makes us sedentary and lazy. We get into mundane routines, which can make us feel blah. One of the best ways to get out of this is to reenergise ourselves and activate our human growth hormone (HGH).
HGH is a hormone that naturally elevates our moods, raises physical energy and keeps our mind in a more positive space. High intensity interval training (HIIT) is one of the easiest ways to help the body release HGH.
I have attached a link here to a 20-minute HIIT video on YouTube that can be done by most fitness levels. Just be sure to start slow, at your own level, and build up.
2. Try Intermittent Fasting:
Fasting has many proven health benefits. It has been used for centuries as a way to heal the body and mind, and as a way to raise spiritual consciousness and kundalini.
When fasting, the energy normally used to digest food can be used to heal your body and raise your vibration. It is also a great way to reset your body and lose weight if that’s what you need.
Intermittent fasting is a more approachable way of doing fasting. Of which you could try the 5:2 method (fast for two days of the week, eat normally for the rest of the time), the one meal a day method, or the 16:8 method (have an 8-hour eating window then fast for 16 hours of the day). There are several other types you could try.
Fasting is not only a great way to do a health reset, but it also helps raise your food awareness. It makes you more intuitive about your food choices as well as how much your body needs. When you only have one or two meals a day, you really appreciate them. It also gives you something to look forward to. Which is something we all need nowadays.
There is a wealth of information on fasting, by doctors and health specialists, on the internet and YouTube. I fully recommend doing your research before trying.
3. Get Outdoors and Try a Change of Scenery:
Being outdoors is so important for our mental health. It helps increase Vitamin D levels, it helps our moods and sleeping patterns, and is even known to improve our gut microbiome. (Read more here.)
If you are regularly getting outdoors, but still feel a bit low, why not try changing your scenery. Lookup different walks or take a drive to a new park, beach or woodland.
Having a change of scenery reinstates a sense of freedom within; freedoms that these lockdowns have taken away, and is a great way to lift your spirits.
4. Up Your Vitamin and Minerals:
Another symptom of lockdown burnout is vitamin depletion.
A stressed body uses more vitamins and minerals than an unstressed one. The B vitamins in particular get depleted. Also, poor diets, and heavy alcohol consumption, are major contributors to vitamin imbalances. Another hazard of long lockdowns.
Nutrient imbalances have a knock-on effect in the way we feel both physically and emotionally. If you suspect stress, or your diet, has impacted your wellbeing, read this post on how certain nutrient supplementation can help.
5. Start a New Project:
If you feel flat and mentally unchallenged, now is the perfect time to try a new project. Something that keeps your mind positively active. For example, learning a language, or trying new hobbies.
You will be amazed at how keeping your mind engaged with something new, that you enjoy, lifts your spirits. It also keeps your mind distracted from the emotions of those around you.
I do understand that when feeling low, having the inclination to do anything can be a big challenge, but giving yourself that extra push is so worth the effort.
6. Spend Time Away from the Internet & Electrical Gadgets:
This is super-important. Having breaks from the internet, laptops and phones will in itself make you feel better.
Too much electrical energy or EMF is not good for the brain. (I have written about it here.) Nor is taking on too much information from too many sources. Which is another outcome of internet scrolling. It just leaves our minds in a jumble.
If you spend too much time on the internet, for work purposes, it is a good idea to regularly ground yourself throughout the day. Which takes us to our last way to deal with lockdown burnout.
7. Get Grounded and Raise Your Energy:
Getting grounded and raising your energy are super tools to use right now. Raising your energy is effectively raising your vibration. Being out in Nature is, of course, one of the easiest and most effective forms of grounding.
Grounding practices are something we all learn as a ‘newly awakened’ Empath. But they are exercises we tend to let slip, especially when life gets in the way.
Interestingly, the grounding practices we have learnt over the years are what will really serve us now. I have written a lot about different approaches of grounding for the Empath. This post will serve as a reminder.
So, there you go. I do hope this post helps. We are in trying times where we are constantly having to work to stay ‘on top’. Feel free to share any tips or techniques that may have helped you get ahead of lockdown burnout in the comments below.