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It’s Completely OK To Be Unproductive During Lockdown

Right now much of the world is at standstill. I’ve recently written some posts on how to cope, and on how to keep busy during the lockdown. However, it’s also completely ok if you are not able to do much during this time.

We are all going through a lot right now. It’s a scary time, and it is affecting people in different ways.  Your routine may have changed. You may be worried about yourself and about loved ones. You may be out of work. You may be a key worker, helping to keep the world going even through these worrying times. You may be facing financial, mental or physical challenges. Your struggles are completely valid, each and every one of you.

I’ve written some posts with fun ideas on how to keep yourself occupied, and I will continue to write similar posts in the near future.  It’s great if you can distract yourself and find fun things to do that bring you joy during these difficult times. These posts are designed for people who may be bored and feel like they want to do something. They’re designed for people who feel that keeping active will help them to cope mentally or physically.

If you find that doing activities is too much and you are struggling to function;  if you find that getting out of bed and keeping the household running is more than enough to try to cope with in the current circumstances; if you don’t want to take up a new hobby, start crafting or decorate your house, those are all completely valid feelings too! It doesn’t mean you are failing. It doesn’t mean you aren’t coping. It doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough!

We’re all different, and there’s no shame in struggling right now. Most of us will never have been through something of this nature before. It’s really frightening and difficult to comprehend. As long as you are keeping yourself safe and sticking to guidelines, however you are coping is valid.

Please don’t feel though you have to learn something new or be productive. While a lot of my posts in the near future may be focused on how to keep busy, these ideas are designed to be fun and to inspire people who are looking for activities to do. They’re a light-hearted way for me to share ideas and try to help people in some small way. They’re not designed to make you feel pressured or inadequate if you don’t feel up to doing anything.

Take care of yourself, whatever that means for you, and please know that you are not alone.


It’s Completely OK To Be Unproductive During Lockdown

Ann-Marie D'Arcy-Sharpe

I am 32 years old. I live in Glasgow, Scotland UK with my husband and lots of lovely pets. I battle with Bipolar Disorder, fibromyalgia and arthritis. You can find my YouTube Channel here and you can also follow me on Twitter, here.

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D'Arcy-Sharpe, A. (2020). It’s Completely OK To Be Unproductive During Lockdown. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2020, from


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