Are you trying to keep busy while you wait for lockdown to end? You’re not alone. Many of us try to stay busy during these challenging times. However, an Australian study found that meaningful activity undertaken during lockdown is more fulfilling than simply trying to stay busy.

According to the study, those who undertook activities that were meaningful felt calmer than they had previously been. It also showed that those who kept themselves busy felt more agitated than they were before. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The results of this study suggest that we need to do more than wish the day away. We need to do something that has meaning. However, different people find meaning in different things. One person might find meaning in gardening, someone else might find meaning in painting. This is why it’s important to think about what works for you so you can add meaning to your day. 

The study that took place in May 2020 did have a few limitations, however. The participants had to note down how they felt before lockdown began. The temptation to say that they were much happier before lockdown began would have been high. Perhaps they even romanticised about life before the 23rd of March 2020. 

What the study did not show was how life satisfaction during lockdown had been impacted. However, the results were clear.

“meaningful activity may have greater value in ultimately promoting the good life.”*

The results suggest that people should be encouraged to undertake more meaningful tasks. If you want to find more meaning to your day why not draw up a plan?

Adding some structure and meaningful activity to your day could help you get through (what will hopefully be) the last lockdown. 

If you’re struggling, there is help available. You don’t have to struggle through lockdown on your own.

We offer mental health support in Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk

*Cohen, Daniel B. Luck, Morgan. Hormozaki, Atousa. Saling, Lauren L. 2020. Increased meaningful activity while social distancing dampens affectivity; mere busyness heightens it: Implications for well-being during COVID-19. Viewed: 15 March 2020. <https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0244631>