How different generations are coping with lockdown

Victorians of all ages are coping with stage 3 and 4 restrictions and resulting social isolation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hear from three people from different generations to hear the challenges they face, how they have dealt with them and what they can take away from this time.

Jemima, 16 (Gen Z)

What have you found the most challenging?

A constant struggle was the ability to remain self-motivated. At the start of online learning (for school) I was always organised, keeping on top of my time management and getting all the work done as soon as it was given. As I started to get further through my online learning I started to wake up later, sometimes even doing some classes in bed, with not much variety given for learning styles. This led to me constantly being behind with my work and not handing tasks in on time.

How did you deal with these challenges?

I had to make sure I wasn’t overworking myself. I put time restrictions on certain things and made sure I wasn’t looking at my computer more than I needed to. Every day I’m on a call with my friends; sometimes we don’t even need to talk. We just all listen to music or play a game over the call. Some of my friends and I are studying VCE Music so we regularly go onto a call and show what we’ve been working on, or sometimes we just randomly choose a song and each record parts on our instrument and add it into Soundtrap.

Any unexpected highlights?

I have more time to work on small things like making dinner for my family a couple of nights a week. Sometimes we challenge each other to cook a different cuisine just using whatever we have in our pantry.

Do you think your generation is coping better than others?

I think it has affected us all. What my age group can do well is socialising and communicating, but also someone who is older most likely won’t have the issues of online learning. Each age group will have its strengths and weaknesses in different areas.

What will you take away from this time?

Balancing things was a challenge, so I need to really work on my time management and just take a break before things get worse.

 

Greg, 34 (Millennial)

What have you found the most challenging?

Dealing with the uncertainty of what the future actually looks like. I’ve always been a positive person and remain so, but COVID-19 really has affected everyone.

How did you deal with these challenges?

I combat any uncertainty and challenges by setting goals (short and long-term), focusing on daily tasks to better myself and continue to just make the most of the time I have.

Any unexpected highlights?

I enjoyed spending more time with the people I was isolated with and as a result started making a home-made animation. It’s not exactly top-shelf entertainment, but the process of learning a new skill and working together with friends as a team to create something has been something I won’t forget.

Do you think your generation is coping better than others?

I don’t want to assume what challenges others would have in this scenario, but I can only hope they have the support they require. One thing I can say for certain is both younger and older generations should stay away from Tik Tok!

What will you take away from this time?

I have learnt to be more patient – the world has changed and I just need to remember to be as polite as possible, because my day-to-day life is not as hard as for those who are on the frontline sacrificing their own safety to help those who need it. Having lost my grandfather at the start of the year, I’ve learnt that time is precious. Send a letter to those you care about – don’t put it off.

 

Sue, 61 (Baby boomer)

What have you found the most challenging?

I miss being able to go out on random or spontaneous outings and not being able to visit our daughter and son-in-law. The uncertainty, fear and frustration of the situation has been challenging because we shouldn’t have been subjected to any of it.

How did you deal with these challenges?

I think we are so lucky to have easy access to instant information and communication with family and friends. You can always contact somebody.

Any unexpected highlights?

I have enjoyed doing a lot of jigsaws. I have a definite baking addiction which my neighbours have been enjoying as I give away most of it, so it is nice getting to know them. We have also enjoyed a couple of social distanced driveway drinks.

Do you think your generation is coping better than others?

I think older generations do cope better because we just get on with it. You may not like it but you accept it and do what is asked. People seem to need to be constantly entertained – I wonder if they consider slowing down and complying as equal to boredom, when in some ways it has actually been good for society to lead a quieter life. But there are so many variables in everyone’s lives; it’s how you can manage it.

What will you take away from this time?

We need to be careful, look after our future and be more self-sufficient as a country. The frustration and anger of lives, jobs and businesses lost due to this pandemic is overwhelming, but you cannot change the past. You have to keep going and do your best to live your life.

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