Singaporean youths share their hardest cabin fever moments during circuit breaker

Despite feeling restless and unproductive at home, these youths tell us how they managed to overcome their cabin fever.

Aliyah Khan

Published: 21 May 2020, 6:47 PM

With the current circuit breaker measures in place, it’s inevitable that most of our days are spent at home with minimal social interaction with the outside world.

So if you’ve recently caught yourself getting upset for absolutely no reason, feeling stressed out, or more lethargic than usual – stop blaming your hormones.

You’ve got cabin fever.

Defined as “the cycle of negative emotions experienced by individuals as a result of feeling ‘cut-off’ by society at large”, some symptoms include stress, restlessness, and impatience.

Youth.SG asked these youths to share about their worst cabin fever moments and what they did to overcome it themselves.

Doing home workouts and calling family and friends

“One of the hardest moments for me was when I did not get to immediately meet my family after I returned home from the United Kingdom.

“Even though it had been three months since I last seen them, I chose to self-quarantine alone in a different home for two weeks to ensure that I did not pose a risk to their health and safety.

“During that period, I felt lonely and deeply missed my family and friends. It was especially difficult because it seemed like everyone was spending time with their families at home back then.

“What I found to be most useful in improving my mood was doing home workouts every day. It helped me focus better and relieved my stress.” – Lavisha Khemani, 20, Student

Lavisha Khemani (bottom right) video called her friends and family whenever she missed them. PHOTO CREDIT: LAVISHA KHEMANI

Making a gratitude list 

“I started to feel an overwhelming sense of panic when the announcement regarding the extension of the circuit breaker was made back in April.

“I guess the announcement made me fully grasp the magnitude of this pandemic. But the thought of having to stay at home for another month made me feel very claustrophobic.

“The way I dealt with it was to ground myself with all the things I am blessed with and grateful for, and to remind myself that this is not really about me. It’s about protecting those who are vulnerable and preventing healthcare workers from being overwhelmed as much as possible.” – Isabel Desouza, 19, Student

Making a gratitude list helped Isabel Desouza alleviate her cabin fever. PHOTO CREDIT: GABRIELLE HENDERSON VIA UNSPLASH

Learning something new every day

“The biggest challenge for me was feeling disconnected from my friends after not meeting them for a long time. Talking to them online and in real life feels completely different.

“I also found it difficult to cope at the beginning of the circuit breaker when schools shifted to home-based learning. I often found myself feeling restless and being unproductive.

“But what I found most helpful to me was forcing myself to do something new every day, whether it’s picking up a new skill, exercising at home or playing online games with my friends.

“Doing these things cheer me up, especially when I’m missing my friends.” – Zuriel Sharul Isaac, 18, Student

Zuriel Sharul Isaac now bonds with his friends over online games since they can’t meet up physically. PHOTO CREDIT: SCREEN POST VIA UNSPLASH

Baking and binge-watching the boredom away

“Initially, I was extremely bored and felt dejected as I could not meet my friends and my summer travel plans had to be cancelled.

“I decided to occupy my time by binge-watching shows on Netflix, and baking or cooking at least one meal a day.

“I started looking forward to my trips to the supermarkets more as I was excited to try new recipes and enjoy my homemade goods.

Roshni Idnani’s kitchen endeavours included Thai noodle soup (left) and Dalgona coffee (right). PHOTO CREDIT: ROSHNI IDNANI

“I also attempt to work out at least once a day or once every two days. It’s the least I can do to keep the pounds off as best as I can. Plus, exercising improves my overall mental well-being too.” – Roshni Idnani, 19, Student

For more resources to help you overcome cabin fever, go to MehGoWhere.SG!

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