COVID-19 has been a reality for the world for over a year now. Initially, isolation and lock down were new to all of us. At that time, we had the motivation and energy to find creative ways to cope. Then, little by little, the months went by and we found ourselves living the same restrictive reality. Now, after a year of wearing masks, physical distancing, being isolated from friends and family, and adjusting to altered daily routines, individuals are becoming increasingly tired of the new normal.
The term ‘Pandemic Fatigue’ refers to people becoming tired of the restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 and therefore becoming less likely to follow public health practices. It can include feelings of restlessness, irritability, demotivation, boredom, exhaustion, and/or burnout. These feelings are a completely natural response to this unprecedented time. But, for individuals, communities, and countries to stay healthy and safe, we need to stay motivated and encourage each other to find productive ways to cope.
Magna Wellness understands the difficulty of dealing with the uncertainty of the pandemic. We want to help you stay motivated to combat Pandemic Fatigue. It is important to remember that coping strategies will look different for everyone. What works for you may be completely different than what works for your best friend or family member.
Use the tips below to find something that helps you overcome the negative feelings associated with pandemic fatigue.
- Get outside! Now that the weather is changing and the sun is setting later, take advantage of all the health benefits of being in nature.
- Peruse joyful activities. When was the last time you did something for you? Plan more of these activities and add them into your calendar so you have something to look forward to. Take a walk. Take a bath. Read a book. Be crafty and try art. Do things that are deliberately calming.
- Unplug from the news and social media. It is important to be educated and informed, but don’t expose yourself to the news 24/7.
- Take an online course. If you feel you have a lot of spare time, exercise your mind, and indulge in learning something new. Meet new friends virtually that share the same interests.
- Reflect and accept. Take time to check in with yourself and reflect on how you are doing. If you feel irritated, impatient, angry, or are suffering from fatigue, anxiety, or depression, accept that all these responses are normal and understandable during such a difficult time.
With pandemic fatigue and current events, it is normal to feel tense emotions, such as fear, anxiety, and anger. Remember you are not alone, try the tips listed above and stay positive because better days are on their way.