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Lockdown Burnout – PanPod #15 

By  Henry Rose Lee

 

Is it Groundhog Day for you yet?

How can we get over Lockdown Burnout?

Are your money reserves being drained?

Hi, I’m Henry Rose Lee and Welcome to my Podcast – this time we’re talking about Lockdown Burnout.

This is Podcast (PanPod) #15 – each one is designed to support, inform or entertain you during the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can listen to PanPod#14 HERE

Or simply relax and go straight to Episode #15 here…

And HERE FOLLOWS a transcript – in case you prefer reading:

Q J
So today’s podcast Henry is about what

Henry Rose Lee
it’s about lockdown burnout and keeping on keeping on. Right, well

Q J
I’m not burnt out and open gonna keep on keeping on. So maybe if you tell us a little bit about it, we’ll find out where we are.

Henry Rose Lee
All right then. The thing about lockdown is that when we first started it. It was probably a little bit, exciting even though it was challenging something we hadn’t done before the whole country did it, and it’s quite a feat, to have achieved this when so many of us remaining in lockdown for nine weeks I guess it is so far.

Q J
Well, it’s certainly nine weeks in the UK, isn’t it, I mean, yeah, is that surprising you at all that we as a population have been so obedient.

Henry Rose Lee
Well my view of the Brits is that in the UK, we tend to do whatever we want to however we want to do it, unless we believe it’s really serious, and then we get behind things. So a lot of people think that we’re a bit lazy fair a bit lazy, a bit too liberal minded and perhaps we are, but when we really need to we pull together and I think locked down has shown us that we can really do that and that’s the best of us, but the problem we’ve locked down is it’s gone on and on and on and it’s a roller coaster. It started out being really great, really quite fun we so sure. We saw loads of videos and funny things that people were doing and wonderful things that they were doing like clapping for the NHS or clapping for carers or frontline staff. And then after a while, it’s a drag. And then it’s Groundhog Day. And then if you’re anything like me, it’s like get me out of here now.

Q J
Yeah I know, and I’ve seen you basically crumble.

Henry Rose Lee
Oh thanks for that yeah giving away my secrets I have bad days and good days like say that

Q J
you have bad days and good days. Yeah, exactly. So, what are you going to tell us about it now.

Henry Rose Lee
Well, it’s really about how burnout happens and then how we can get over it. If you imagine lockdown starting if you can think back nine weeks. There was quite a lot of excitement about people spending more time at home with their loved ones, spending more time with children just because they could catch up on DIY doing gardening watching video games. It was all about the things that you could do to interest you. And then Reality Bites, and it becomes a bit stressful. So, some sectors are doing well in business still but a lot of us are losing money, and our reserves of energy and our reserves of money are being drained. So after a while you get to the point where emotionally and physically It’s exhausting. And that’s really what I want to talk about so imagine that you’re holding a glass of water I’ve just given you a full glass of water, you’ve got your arm out in front of you, and you’re just holding that glass of water in one hand, how does

Q J
that feel yeah I can’t imagine that yes it’s, it’s fine. At the beginning, yeah, I’m already thinking, how long is she going to expect me to hold this for.

Henry Rose Lee
Yeah. Can you imagine holding it for a minute, or five minutes,

Q J
or half an hour whoa yeah i mean that’s that is the point isn’t it if you got to hold on to it for too long. It becomes not only painful but really difficult.

Henry Rose Lee
That’s what locked down burners is about we can start to do things that we need to do because we know they’re important and little bit of stress and pressure in your life is good for you It builds muscle. And it builds emotional and intellectual resilience, but if it goes on and on and on. It’s like that full glass of water, held out with your arm, without moving a tool. And what happens is that you become tired, you become fed up your arm starts to hurt your arm starts shaking. That’s what lockdown is like in your head after well. Very few people come through something like lockdown without thinking that they’re fed up with it or without feeling a bit scarred by it.

Q J
Yeah. Yeah, absolutely. So you’ve got a solution for us. I’m not sure I have the solution okay so you got some tips. Yeah, have some tips so let’s hear them.

Henry Rose Lee
Yeah, I was thinking about how can compete, how can people continue with lockdown and not feel burned out, or if they’re a bit burned out and a bit fed up like I got last week. How can they manage to get around this. So here are some ideas. The first one is keep moving. I think it’s about physical and emotional movement, it’s about doing different things and having variety. So there’s the most obvious one with physical movement is exercising, and I’ve taken up a bit of walking I’m trying to do sit ups I can do 30 now God I was crap. but I’m better than I was. And there are other things that people are doing I have clients who have taken up jogging. Those who are doing other types of exercise like peloton you might have heard of that. That’s an online heard of it. About You, you get a bike but you can do other things but it’s all online so you watch a programme and then just follow it so it’s about moving, you know, and we’ve been told by the government to get our bikes out, I don’t think I’ve seen my bike for 10 years. I’m not even sure it has wheels, let alone tires but it’s a good idea. Keep moving. And we do know from the psychology that when our bodies move our brains feel happier. And so rather than staring at a screen day in day out error and error out. It’s good to have a break every hour. If possible, and then regularly perhaps twice a day to get some exercise. So I think that’s that’s the first thing. Keep moving. The second thing is keep experimenting. I don’t know why I’m saying this to you Cujo because you’re the biggest experimenter in the world you’re always out doing something crazy I’m always imagining you’re going to blow up your office for the things that you’re doing. But experimenting is good. How have you been experimenting during lockdown.

Q J
I don’t know I just keep my spirits up I think just by walking around the garden, I’m quite a simple soul in that respect.

Henry Rose Lee
Yeah and you like music you play a lot of music yeah

Q J
music garden all the things that are more natural. I think because we’re in such a high tech world now where tech is what we’re doing now we’re recording it’s going to be broadcast everyone who’s communicating through technology. It’s nice to communicate with the birds with the flowers with the trees which I do without any, you know compunction whatsoever. I find it completely natural, you know I say hello day every morning, and I say hello to the flowers and all of that so seriously, I think that really does help your mental health,

Henry Rose Lee
I think nature does help us a good balance so keep getting outside but keep experimenting would be around trying new things and you’ve certainly tried a lot of new technologies. We’ve both learned about Adobe Connect zoom ms for teams. So there’s lots that we’re doing, which is completely new for us and those are experiments and in many ways, that’s been really exciting, discovering that we could do more online with the business, and that we could do remote consulting remote coaching remote training. It’s been quite good fun I’ve had good days and bad days with that as well. However, I think keeping on experimenting means that at the end of lockdown when the new normal arrives, we’ll have learned different things and that’s got to be good for us as human beings we should stretch our brains. So that’s keep experimenting. I have a third one,

Q J
you have a third one are you better share it, then

Henry Rose Lee
I will, it’s keep connecting. Oh yeah, it’s about keeping on reaching out to people and it’s amazing how many emails and face times I’ve had from people that I hadn’t heard from the ages who dug me out their address book and called me and that’s really well the lovely. So I’ve reconnected with a number of friends I haven’t seen for a couple of years, and FaceTime family that was really good, and you’ve been doing the same. And I think that just makes such a difference if we’re able to keep on connecting with people. What do you think you No

Q J
I totally agree. I’m sorry to bring the tone down a bit, but you’ve, you’ve really found the being in front of the computer, even more than you were before, has had quite a negative effect on your, your physical well being as well. So tell us about that have you have you been doing things to counteract that.

Henry Rose Lee
Yes. I’m an advocate of suffer ology, I know that other people do yoga and polities and mindfulness and all those are brilliant but they just don’t work for me, but suffer ology is the mind body harmony. So, didn’t you talk about this in a previous podcast. Yeah, you can find that so

Q J
I’ll link into this one so people can find that other one as well.

Henry Rose Lee
Apology is really about doing things with your body so sitting and relaxing or lying down and relaxing and breathing. It’s very simple, very easy to do. And because I’m a very simple brain. Those are the things that I like to do, whereas yoga I tie myself in knots polities I might break something mindfulness so just get close but I found that civility really works well for me. Oh, that’s great. Brilliant.

Q J
So is that it for today, we done one more thing one more thing,

Henry Rose Lee
guys. My advice to my coaches is always Coco, and when they first start working with me they’re like, what’s Coco, and I say it’s Coco Kay. Okay, keep on keeping on. And what it really means is that even if you have a bad day and believe me had a really bad day last week, is to think okay well I’ll kiss off that day that day can go. But the next day pick yourself up and get going again you will have rested, hopefully, and you will then have a new day. And even if yesterday was terrible tomorrow might be a lot better. So please keep on keeping on. I really believe that people who get up every day and just try again will feel a bit better. I really believe that if we learn new skills and keep on communicating with each other. We will do fine. And my final word of advice is that after you have rain you have sun. And so after a bad day, usually it’s a much better day. I can remember at 36 I lost everything. And I remember, really believing that my life was over, I’d lost all my money I’d lost my friends, my family everything. And within 24 hours I was laughing again within a couple of years quick yeah so very quick recover and within, within a couple of years I was back to really well pretty much where I was before it took a while to rebuild. But many people can get over lots of things and I think that I have no particular talents or strengths, if I can do it. I think anybody can.

Q J
That’s great. That’s that’s really yeah, that’s a nice podcast for today, I think. Yeah, lots to think about,

Henry Rose Lee
and I have one last suggestion for people. And again, it’s something that I say to all of my coaches and I really believe this. And here it is, it’s just around the next corner. Over the next hill, something wonderful is coming, and it is promise.

Q J
What a great way to finish, thanks Henry. Thank you. You know what it’s really interesting because people are listening to these podcasts because we do them. And, you know, you think, where’s anyone that listeners but people have been really enjoying it so it’s. That’s good news, isn’t it.

Henry Rose Lee
Yes it is. I was quite surprised really I was imagining that they had anything to do rather than listen to a podcast, video games.

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Henry Rose Lee

Henry is a recognised authority on Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers in the workplace. She helps businesses to recruit, engage and retain their younger employees, and helps individuals to ignite their talents and carve out an outstanding career, whatever their age.

Through her keynote speeches, workshops and coaching, you will understand the evolution of leadership in what is sometimes called β€˜the Shift Age’, so you can avoid common pitfalls and help your organisation (and yourself) to thrive.

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