Humor is a useful tool in helping to cope with cabin fever during a lockdown. Jokes, memes, and funny one-liners engage people remotely and create a sense of social belonging.
Paul Lewis, the author of “Cracking Up: American Humor in a Time of Conflict,” believes that jokes amid the outbreak offer a real shelter. “People usually make jokes about everything, but when news narrows down and has this element of fear, jokes are a way of temporarily triumphing over and repressing it.”
Bored Panda contacted Jennifer Kahnweiler, a speaking professional and expert on introverts, about other useful tools to cope with cabin fever during the lockdown.
Jennifer Kahnweiler suggests focusing on some benefits even if adjusting to not having a routine is hard. “Sleeping a little later (if you don’t have little ones) and staying in your pj’s, even reading in bed” are among the luxuries that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.
Kahnweiler assures us that a sense of humor does help to fight emotional uncertainty. “Watching stand-up comedians, funny Youtube videos, and those memes can really do a lot! In fact, it’s important for our immune systems and brings introverts and extroverts together.”
The common belief is that introverts should handle the self-isolation way better, since they’re used to being alone.
But Kahnweiler tells us that it’s a stereotype because everyone, no matter their personality, needs human connection. “There are memes circulating on social media about introverts being happy they get to be away from people amid the Covid-19 outbreak. But introverts like people!”
When thinking about whom you can write or call, Jennifer suggests considering people who are living alone, are older, and find it hard to pick up the phone. She recalls the moment her introverted client reached out to her to say that “he appreciated knowing that someone is thinking about him.”