All of us keep in mind the lockdown, however not all our reminiscences are the identical. Some say they miss the tranquillity. Others don’t miss being caught at house in any respect – particularly these with younger kids. Some discovered new methods of working. Others simply misplaced work.
New Zealand’s lockdown was ranked as one of many strictest on this planet, and we wished to learn the way folks felt about it. So we ran a “life underneath lockdown” survey within the third week of alert stage 4 to look at basic well-being, household resilience and employment.
We additionally requested folks an elective query: Is there anything you want to inform us about your experiences of lockdown, constructive or detrimental?
Of the 2002 folks surveyed, 894 (45%) gave a usable response. In survey phrases, this was a surprisingly good end result, and supplied a wealthy historic document of the ideas of many extraordinary New Zealanders throughout lockdown.
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Time and high quality of life
Total, there have been extra constructive responses (43%) than detrimental (35%), with 23% impartial or blended. We mapped essentially the most generally used important phrases, as proven within the phrase cloud above and the graphs beneath – and “time” was essentially the most incessantly used phrase, usually in relation to household.
It’s been a great way to deal with what’s vital in my life. Personally for me it’s been a great time […] to attach with my two yr previous and luxuriate in having time with my husband and fogeys. On the flip aspect it’s highlighted what I’ve missed because of working.
For some lockdown was an opportunity for development; for others, like these three folks, it was a novelty:
Have loved the day off to resume myself.
I’ve loved a vacation from work as I’ve by no means had longer than per week off. May by no means afford it.
Dwelling life has not posed any stress in our bubble throughout lockdown, we’ve got discovered many issues to maintain busy and are having fun with our time collectively.
Others, corresponding to these 4, expressed blended or detrimental feelings:
I fairly take pleasure in working from house (heat, snug, quiet) however I’m fortunate that I can work at home. It does get lonely although however I handle it.
Plenty of productive time wasted.
Very bored loads of the time.
It sux massive time.
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Work and fear
As anticipated, employment and cash worries got here up usually. Many individuals, like these people, reported shedding jobs or basic concern about earnings:
I’m simply nervous/depressed that I gained’t have a job and be capable to assist out my household with funds. That’s what’s making me really feel nugatory as a result of I bought laid off. It’s not honest that I’m the youngest and I can’t assist out.
Probably the most distressing and aggravating factor has been coping with my job and disputes re hours and pay. It has mainly been the entire reason behind my angst throughout lockdown.
Zero earnings in home. Frustration making use of for help on web. We quit. WINZ [Work and Income NZ] suck. Actually suck. It looks like their working life primarily based on looking for a purpose to say no supporting folks has left them because the worst place for the general public to wish to go to for help.
I cry on a regular basis. I’m nervous about cash and the long run results of this case on our family and our funds. I’m hanging on by a thread.
Separation and grief
And for some it was the toughest time of all:
I felt actually dangerous not having the ability to take flowers to the cemetery on the anniversary of my husband’s demise.
Very unhappy as a result of I can’t go to my youngsters’ grandkids or aged mom plus an in depth good friend who’s dying of most cancers. All are about 5 hours’ drive away. I get upset at occasions and cry quite a bit.
My husband handed away […] I would like my youngsters and household right here, however they dwell out of city, it’s going to be some time and that’s so, so unhappy.
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Household, house and faculty
Not surprisingly, “household” and “house” (and associated phrases) have been talked about quite a bit. Whereas nearly all of household references have been constructive, for some – like these two – lockdown was a problem, if not the final straw:
After lockdown my companion and I’ll separate!!! Being in lockdown emphasised the difficulties with our relationship. Nonetheless I believe that the lockdown was vital and obligatory and that it saved many NZ lives.
Males which might be house on full pay whereas spouse works considering, yeah it’s vacation time, sleep when they need, do bugger all spherical house to catch up, drink when ought to be doing chores that wanted doing, not contemplating […] oh I ought to prepare dinner, give companion that’s working a break – plain annoying.
Many reported scuffling with kids and residential education whereas working from house:
Undoubtedly discovering it arduous to assist three youngsters, all at completely different ranges, full their faculty work, particularly with a toddler operating round.
It’s so tough attempting to handle education for the youngsters whereas additionally making time to work at home. Very aggravating.
Bubbles and zombies
And eventually, some folks simply wished to get issues off their chests:
Cease utilizing that bloody phrase “bubble”. God I hate that phrase to explain house. Grasp whoever determined to make use of it.
That is the closest I’m ever going to get to a zombie apocalypse, and it’s all simply so boring. This isn’t in any respect what I used to be anticipating.
Zombies or not, folks have been extra constructive than we’d anticipated. Their solutions inform us about human resilience, humour, hardship and tragedy. Whereas everybody’s lockdown was distinctive, we additionally shared many experiences. We wish to thank everybody who shared theirs with us.
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