Are you finding yourself creatively blocked? Is your house not Homes and Garden clean like you planned? Not fulfilling that list of “things you would do if you just had the time”? You are not alone! I’ve seen so many memes and posts on social media about how if you don’t get this or that done since we have so much more time then you’re failing at life or something. Honestly, that’s a bunch of crap. Please remember, we are not on an indefinite vacation, we are in the middle of a pandemic. It may seem like we’re coming to a close, now that things are opening up, but it will be quite a while until we are “back to normal”. Our brains are focused on survival and not so much in all the extras we “could/should” be doing.
I would like to direct your attention to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow theorized that what we can do and accomplish comes in a hierarchy and if our base levels of need aren’t met we cannot perform higher functions. It is often shown as a pyramid. Below are the 5 levels of need:
- Physiological needs: Food, Water, Warmth, and Rest
- Safety needs: Security and Safety
- Belongingness and love needs: Intimate relationships and Friends
- Esteem Needs: Prestige and Feelings of Accomplishment
- Self-actualization needs: Achieving one’s full potential, Includes creative activities
So during the pandemic most of us (almost all of us) are working very hard to meet the first two levels of needs. Whether you are worried about the financial burdens or trying to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t make it into your household. We are at most focused on safety and security. Meaning we are not able to reach our full potential in level 5. Then add the fact, we don’t know what the outcome of this will be. Humans hate the unknown and now we are living in it! Our brains are trying to cope with this and be super adaptive to all of the possible outcomes to ensure our survival. That energy has to come from somewhere, so it pulls from some of our higher thinking energy like creativity and problem solving. This causes us to be tired, flakey, and forgetful! I compare it to having an internet browser open with 100 tabs. Will it work? Sure. To its full capabilities? Not a chance! So cut yourself a break if you haven’t deep cleaned every nook and cranny of your house or wriiten the next great American novel. Although this situation is TEMPORARY (it’s super important to remember that), it is a serious situation not a vacation!