‘Lockdown has been good for my mental health – and I don’t want it to end too soon’

Woman relaxing and working from home (PHOTO: Andersen Ross/Getty Images)
Woman relaxing and working from home (PHOTO: Andersen Ross/Getty Images)
Andersen Ross

Seems like most South Africans want the lockdown, and the coronavirus pandemic, to end. They would like to return to “normal” life before being forced to remain indoors. This is understandable as the lockdown has affected people financially and emotionally.

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However, there are several people who are working on themselves during this period and are hoping lockdown doesn’t end too soon. Some reasons vary from not wanting to not see their “evil” colleagues to the freedom of working from home.

DRUM spoke to Nozipho Magwaza who has been feeling a little more anxious than usual because the end of the harsher lockdown restrictions is nearing.

“Most people, from what I see on Twitter, get excited to hear from the president. For me, however, it is a nerve-wrecking experience. I'm usually curled up on my sofa, biting my nails and trying to suppress my fear that he might say everything is going back to normal and we all have to go out into the world again.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday evening that parts of the country will be moving to alert level 3. This means more stores are going to be open and this will slowly get the economy back on track.

Although some might be excited to hear such news, others would rather things go back to normal slowly so that there’s no sudden panic caused by everything going back to “normal” too soon.

“Lockdown has been a welcome break for me, honestly. I don't think we realise how much noise is around until everything goes silent. I don’t miss anything about the normal world. Not the driving to places, the noises outside, the people, the expectations, visiting, going on dates, attending events, none of it. I’m quite extroverted so I’ve always believed I’m energised by having people around me – it turns I’m quite the recluse. My mental health has never been better.

“I understand that lockdown is not ideal for most people who do not have the luxury of working from home and escaping the outside world, so for those reasons it definitely does need to end as soon as possible but for more selfish reasons, I do wish life could be like this for longer,” the 25-year-old says.

The Covid-19 cases continue to rise in SA and although the economy is opening up more, which can be seen as a sign of things starting to look better, the reality is the coronavirus will permanently change how we live.

“After this I don’t plan on going back to life as normal. I will work from home more often so I can manage my time better. I’ll also be continuing my self-awareness journey and make time to create more and learn new things that bring me a sense of fulfilment,” Nozipho says.  

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