Australians have shared their lowest points of lockdown in an Instagram thread exposing the bored and beleaguered mental state of 14 million across the country.
The comments came in response to a call from makeup artist turned reality TV star Martha Kalifatidis, 32, who has been holed up in her Bondi apartment with boyfriend Michael Brunelli since Sydney went into lockdown on June 26.
Victoria extended its fifth state shutdown on Tuesday for at least another seven days, with South Australia becoming the third state to shut down at 6 p.m. after two more cases were registered there overnight.
Martha addressed her 622,000 followers on her Instagram story on Monday, begging viewers to share their most embarrassing confessions — before starting by admitting she hadn’t showered or walked more than 50 steps that day.
Just like the rest of us: Reality TV star Martha Kalifatidis (pictured) said she struggles to get dressed, wash her face and walk more than 50 steps a day during the lockdown
In response to an appeal posted by the 32-year-old star, Australians shared their lowest points of lockdown in a thread exposing the beleaguered mental state of 14 million people nationwide
Another said they had surrendered to a uniform of worn-out clothes to take the dog for a walk
“Tell us we’re not alone,” Martha captioned a video in which Michael unpacked the takeaway next to empty water bottles and a tray of nail polish and nail polish remover.
She continued: ‘If we don’t laugh, we’re going to cry, so tell us your worst confessions. For example, I haven’t showered, washed my face, or walked more than 50 steps today.”
The grind of being housebound, except for four reasons—buying food or other necessities, giving or receiving medical care, exercising, and working when you can’t do it at home—was immediately apparent.
Candid revelations poured in, with one person confessing to wearing the same clothes every day for a week to walk his dog.
A second said they put a chair in the shower so they could wash while sitting after they had “get so used to lying on the lounge.”
Many seem to have trouble finding the energy to wash themselves
Those who muster the strength to leave the house for government-imposed drills seem to regret doing so almost immediately
An extraordinary 14 million Australians are now under some form of lockdown as the country struggles to contain multiple Covid outbreaks (stock image)
Another admitted to ordering takeaway food three nights in a row, with many saying they were on a diet of “coffee, wine and cheese.”
“Even if I think I’m full from the food, I eat more,” was a particularly recognizable response.
A poll that Martha posted in response to this answer found that 97 percent felt exactly the same.
One person said they once fell asleep with a bag of M&Ms under their pillow, woke up and immediately started eating again.
Others said they had trouble getting out of bed in the first place.
“Stayed in bed all day, got up, took a shower and put my pajamas back on, and went to Coles in my pajamas,” one wrote.
“I didn’t brush my teeth until 1:00 PM,” said a second, while a third added, “I do my morning grooming routine at 3:00 PM.”
An unemployed hairdresser has been candid about the education her children received at home, while others have gone to sleep with sweets
Sydney was plunged into lockdown on June 26, while Victoria extended its fifth nationwide shutdown for a further seven days on Tuesday (stock image)
Another person said they bought compression socks to keep the blood flowing in their legs while lying in bed all day.
An unemployed hairdresser who would home-school her children said she taught them how to do highlights one day.
Those who can muster the strength to leave the house for government-mandated exercises seem to regret doing so almost immediately.
“I went for a walk and then asked my friend to pick me up and take me home,” one woman wrote.
Others said they’ve spent thousands on online shopping in a bid for some retail therapy.
Hair washing has gone out the window in Sydney and Melbourne, while others have gone to the bottle
Some admitted ordering takeout three nights in a row (stock image)
Others desperately rely on retail therapy
An extraordinary 14 million Australians are now under some form of lockdown as the country struggles to contain multiple Covid outbreaks and a mysterious case emerges in Queensland.
South Australia will join New South Wales and Victoria in lockdown after two more cases were registered there overnight. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, the entire state will be closed for seven days.
Meanwhile, Victoria has extended the lockdown for a week until at least July 27.
Queensland Health revealed on Tuesday that a fully vaccinated woman had tested positive, despite no known links to other clusters.
The woman, in her twenties, flew from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast on July 13.
Her case has nothing to do with any of the existing outbreaks, with authorities confirming she had been contagious in the community for three days.