Will This Pandemic Ever End? – 3 Tips to Fight Fatigue
Researchers are just now getting some insight into how the effects of these last several months have impacted people’s mental health. Things like quarantining and social distancing can cause anxiety and loneliness. Job loss and uncertainty only add to that fear, worry, and stress. And the contentious presidential election cycle is only adding to everyone's mental load.
Needless to say, it’s a little exhausting just to think about it!
Now, more than ever, it’s essential to take care of your physical and mental health. If you’re feeling fatigued by the pandemic, there are things you can do to fight against it. In doing so, you’ll boost your energy, immunity, and may even feel more relaxed.
1. Take Care of Your Physical Health
You’ve probably been washing your hands more than ever over the last few months and using more hand lotion than ever before as a result. It’s also essential to take care of your physical health in as many ways as possible.
Everything from eating a healthy diet to regular exercising can help. Exercise will boost your mood and give you more energy, so you don’t feel as drained.
Though it might not be easy, aim to get enough sleep each night, too. A lack of sleep can be a symptom of depression, but it can also cause you to feel stressed and exhausted throughout the day.
2. Reduce Your Stress
Lowering your stress levels might seem easier said than done. But it is possible.
One of the best things you can do is to find something that relaxes you each day. Taking time for yourself is necessary during uncertain situations like these. Take a walk around your neighborhood. Draw a hot bath. Or find some alone time to "Netflix and chill".
It’s also an excellent idea to limit your news intake. It’s essential to stay current with what’s going on in the world. With so much negativity in the news and social media, overloading yourself with information can lead to stress and fatigue.
3. Stay Connected
This pandemic has created a disconnect between people. Loneliness and isolation have become massive issues that can harm mental health. It can also be draining to feel so alone and disconnected.
So, take advantage of any connection you can get. Technology has made it more comfortable, and you can use that to your advantage. Write emails, video chat with friends and family, call people, and chat online. If you live in an area that has started to open places for in-person gatherings, meet up with the people you love (while following safety guidelines).
Accept Your Feelings
This one is a bit of a “bonus” point. But, one of the first things you need to do to fight fatigue is to accept the way you’re feeling. Are you stressed? Sad? Overwhelmed?
Trying to push your feelings aside or pretend that everything is fine is exhausting. It’s hard on your mind and body, and it will feel like a constant battle against your own emotions. Before you put any of these tips into practice, it’s crucial to accept the way you feel.
You’re not alone in those feelings, and they are nothing to be ashamed of. It’s easy to experience a lot of negative thoughts and self-talk right now. By choosing to accept reality and focus on the positives, you will end up feeling much better.
If you’re having a hard time dealing with fatigue because of this pandemic, please contact me. Together, we can go over even more strategies to reduce your stress levels, boost your energy, and offer peace of mind. I offer a complimentary phone consultation to all potential clients. To schedule yours in a matter of seconds, please check here.
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Jennifer Perera is a mom, spouse and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over a decade’s worth of experience in mental health. She has a private practice in New Jersey, with locations in Cranford and Princeton. Her passion is helping new moms and dads find their joy again in parenthood through individual, group and couples counseling. Jennifer specializes in working with parents during the prenatal and postpartum periods and those coping with a pregnancy loss or infertility. Her other passion is travelling to different parts of the world and her goal is to vacation in a different locale every time. She also has a great fondness for cats!