By no means do I write this out of ignorance to the consequences of exposure, but I can’t be the only one experiencing COVID-19 fatigue. We’re all so concerned about our physical health, but let’s not forget about our mental health.
What do I mean by fatigue?
Similar to compassion fatigue, COVID-19 Fatigue is the mental exhaustion, frustration, and apathy caused by the stress, paranoia, and life adjustments created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Symptoms of COVID-19 Fatigue include but are not limited to:
- Boredom from self-isolation and social distancing
- Paranoia of contracting the disease because the virus lurks around every corner
- Obsessive fear of dying from the disease despite the statistic improbability
- Tiredness of hearing about the disease
- Overwhelmed by the influx of emails from every company you’ve ever had contact with explaining how they are addressing the virus
How to deal with COVID-19 Fatigue:
- Continue your daily routines as much as possible. During trying times, it’s easy to come up with excuses, but try to maintain a normal lifestyle as much as you can.
- Live your life! While adhering to the WHO, CDC, and your local government’s guidelines, continue to be you and live your life.
- Self-care! — Can’t go to the gym? Push the furniture aside and workout in the living room. Take your dog for a walk. Afraid of the salon? Do your own nails. Or make a TP fort with all that toilet paper you’re hoarding. You get the idea.
- Check in with friends and family. Video chats/teleconferences don’t have to just be for work. Schedule video calls with your friends and family too!
- Avoid or limit media exposure. Your most reliable sources will be the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control. Not your Facebook friends.
- Be nice to people. Illness happens. Diseases spread. It’s no one’s fault. Help to reduce stigma by staying informed.
I know this seems like an uncontrollable situation, but you can control YOU and how you can handle the situation. A healthy mind, is a healthy body.