If you’re a woman and have noticed your energy levels have dropped during lockdown, you’re not alone. A new study shows that 65% of women have felt tired, unproductive or even depressed during this period, while the number of men who felt the same way is significantly lower. We’ve got some tips for how to get energised. By Marta Portocarrero
Living through a pandemic has been an emotional rollercoaster so far and our energy levels are suffering because of it.
Juggling working from home with domestic chores and sometimes home schooling and the added uncertainty of when things will go back to normal, is leaving many people exhausted. And women are the ones who suffer the most.
According to new research from health tech company Garmin, 65% of women have experienced a lack of energy, leading to them feeling tired, unproductive and sometimes depressed during lockdown. What makes those stats worse is that there is a huge gender divide in mental and emotional energy expenditure: less than half of men feel the same way.
Doctors say the cause is a combination of factors such as emotional, hormonal, biological and genetic wellbeing.
But the fact that women have been carrying most of the domestic and carework of the pandemic also led to this gap between the genders.
And because women are biologically more worried than men, this can have an impact on their sleeping habits and, consequently, on their energy levels.
How to feel more energised:
- It is important to get more sleep. However, lack of sleep is just one of the many factors that can lead our brain to feel drained.
- Self-evaluation: take a look at yourself and your habits over the past six months to learn about where you are giving your energy to and where you should be directing it.
- Identify, celebrate and keep new positive habits.
- Use a fitness tracker to understand what are the times of the day that you feel more and less energised.