Australians have shared their lowest points of lockdown in an Instagram thread that lays bare the bored and beleaguered mental state of 14 million across the country.
The responses came in answer to a callout posted by makeup artist turned reality TV star Martha Kalifatidis, 32, who has been holed up in her Bondi apartment with boyfriend Michael Brunelli since Sydney was plunged into lockdown on June 26.
Victoria on Tuesday extended its fifth state-wide shutdown by at least another seven days, while South Australia will become the third state to enter lockdown at 6pm after two further cases were recorded there overnight.
Addressing her 622,000 followers on Monday via her Instagram story, Martha begged viewers to share their most shameful confessions – before kicking things off 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 is struggling to get dressed, wash her face and walk more than 50 steps a day during lockdown
In response to a callout posted by the 32-year-old star, Australians shared their lowest points of lockdown in a thread that lays bare the beleaguered mental state of 14 million nationwide
Another said they had surrendered to a uniform of well-worn clothes to take the dog for a walk
‘Tell us we’re not alone,’ Martha wrote over a video of Michael unpacking takeout beside empty water bottles and a tray of nail polish and polish remover.
She continued: ‘If we don’t laugh we’ll cry, so tell us some of your worst admissions. For example, I haven’t showered, washed my face or walked more than 50 steps today.’
The drudgery of being confined to the house except for four reasons – shopping for food or other essentials, giving or receiving medical care, exercising and working when you can not do so from home – was immediately obvious.
Candid revelations flooded in, with one person confessing to wearing the same clothes to walk their dog every day for a week.
A second said they put a chair in the shower so they could wash themselves sitting down after getting ‘so used to laying on the lounge’.
Many appear to be struggling to find the energy to wash themselves
Those who muster the strength to leave the house for government mandated exercise seem to regret doing so almost instantly
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 three nights in a row, while many said they were existing on diets of ‘coffee, wine and cheese’.
‘Even when I think I’m full from eating, I eat more,’ one particularly relatable reply read.
A poll posted by Martha in response to this answer revealed 97 percent were feeling exactly the same.
One person said they once fell asleep with a bag of M&Ms under their pillow, woke up and started eating them again straight away.
Others said they were struggling to out of bed in the first place.
‘Stayed in bed all day, got up had a shower then put my PJs back on, and went to Coles in my PJs,’ one person wrote.
‘I’ve only brushed my teeth at 1pm,’ said a second, while a third added: ‘Doing my morning skincare routine at 3pm.’
An out of work hairdresser was frank about the education her kids were receiving at home, while others have taken to sleeping with sweets
Sydney was plunged into lockdown on June 26, while Victoria on Tuesday extended its fifth state-wide shutdown by at least another seven days (stock image)
Another person said they bought compression socks to keep the blood flowing in their legs while they lie in bed all day.
An out of work hairdresser who was supposed to be homeschooling her kids said one day she taught them how to do highlights instead.
Those who can muster the strength to leave the house for government mandated exercise seem to regret doing so almost instantly.
‘Went for a walk then got my boyfriend to pick me up and drive me home,’ one woman wrote.
Others said they have 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 taken to the bottle
Some admitted to ordering takeaway three nights in a row (stock image)
Others have been desperately relying 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 mystery case emerges in Queensland.
South Australia will join New South Wales and Victoria in lockdown after a further two cases were recorded there overnight. From 6pm on Tuesday, the entire state will enter seven days of lockdown.
Meanwhile, Victoria has extended its lockdown by a week until at least July 27.
Queensland Health on Tuesday revealed a fully vaccinated woman had tested positive despite no known links to other clusters.
The woman, aged in her 20s, flew to the Sunshine Coast from Melbourne on July 13.
Her case is unrelated to any of the existing outbreaks, with authorities confirming she had been infectious in the community for three days.