Hello darkness my old friend. If like us, you find yourself once again in the throes of a government-imposed health order, things may be looking pretty grim. Back working from home, scheduling Zoom meetings all day and cracking the first beer at 3pm, being locked in your house isn’t exactly fraught with joy. But there is an answer and it comes in the most millennial of ways. As with all major global concerns, humour finds a way and in this case, the internet has dropped a new smattering of funny lockdown memes. Whether it’s lockdown 2.0, 3.0 or 5.0 (sorry Melbourne), we could be for a while. So strap yourselves in for the long-haul and get acquainted with the best lockdown memes we could find.
The Meme Dream
It’s not the first time we’ve seen Aussies reaching for a supple of dank memes to get through lockdown. In 2020, when concerns were at their peak, Instagram, Reddit and Facebook were flooded with working from home memes, providing a brief spark of joy in an otherwise bleak outlook. This time around, it’s more of the same, but it appears the sequel may be better than the original. Harder, darker, danker, the latest crop of COVID memes and lockdown jokes are shining a light on our deepest thoughts and providing a melodramatic window into our ever-diminishing souls. But then again, that’s what we do.
Laughing in the face of adversity is an innately human trait, particularly for us Aussies. According to Ros Ben-Moshe, Adjunct lecturer School of Public Health and Psychology, La Trobe University, humour, laughter and playfulness help foster resilience and provide a coping strategy to better manage and reduce stress.
“Cultivating a laughter mindset is an important tool to build connection and gain some mastery over things we can’t control. Not all play or humour results in laughter, but it primes the mind’s internal landscape towards positivity,” she said. “Self-enhancing humour – maintaining a humorous outlook in stressful or adverse situations – is linked to positive psychological well-being signs such as happiness, satisfaction with life, and an optimistic outlook. So, if we can laugh at COVID-19 by making jokes about toilet paper or homeschooling it lessens the sting, making us feel more in control.”
In fact, Studies from the University of Granada suggests that laughter, whatever the cause, induces a range of physiological, psychological, social, spiritual, and quality-of-life benefits. These range from heart health, blood pressure in aged care settings, and pain tolerance. It has even been know to have a similar effect on the brain as meditation, anchoring our minds to a present moment of joy.
See? It’s alright to laugh about lockdown and not feel bad about the crushing weight of the world bearing down on the meaningless bag of atoms you call your body…too dark?
Best Lockdown Memes
Whether it’s working from home memes, lockdown jokes or COVID TikToks, there is a never-ending supply of good content on every platform, and everyone is getting on board. Turns out a bit of laughter in light of the situation, could be just what the doctor ordered. With Sydney facing another two weeks of lockdown and Melbourne chucking the skids on any plans you had until next Tuesday 11.59pm, laughing the pain away might be your only source of enjoyment for a while.
So drink up from our sh*tposting cup. We’ve scoured the net and found the best lockdown memes to take the edge off and bring you a little joy in this thought times. Here is a list of the best lockdown and working from home memes of the internet.
— Angela Jackson (@EconomistAnge) July 15, 2021
— AM I SPREE? (@IAmWanheda307) July 15, 2021
— Jason Calleja (@Calleja84) July 15, 2021
— TANILA (@taniladesilva) July 15, 2021
Pretty sure this is the first time ever that something that originated in Sydney has actually taken off in Melbourne
— The Shovel (@TheShovel) July 15, 2021
— Moz Furst (@mozziethefurst) July 16, 2021
lockdown does it pic.twitter.com/ASkPPteUbz
— Spongebob Memes (@SpongeBobMemesZ) July 10, 2021
Is it wrong to laugh at COVID memes?
While humour often toes the line between unexpected and insensitive, laughing in the face of adversity has proven to be a key aspect in overcoming trauma. Studies from the University of Granada suggest that maintaining a humorous outlook in stressful or adverse situations – is linked to positive psychological well-being signs such as happiness, satisfaction with life, and an optimistic outlook.
What does dank mean?
According to Urban Dictionary, Dank refers to something that is inherently high-quality. It comes from a word used to describe an overly-moist strain of marijuanna, which indicates great Cannabis structure and a potent smell.