For about a year, we have been facing a health crisis that does not give us a break and actually begins to cause psychological effects.
If you feel tired and have little energy to do things, know that you are not alone.
Fatigue is one of the most common consequences of this pandemic. We are exhausted for several reasons. The disease directly causes one of them. Obviously, if you had the Covid, you have been more tired afterwards; it takes some time to recover from it and to get back into shape.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined “pandemic fatigue” the fatigue resulting from always being super attentive to the precautionary measures that we must comply with in order not to catch the virus.
More and more people suffer from nervousness, anxiety and feel pushed to the limit of their ability to bear the situation.
This state of hyper vigilance with Covid represents a constant strain of our hormonal and endocrine system which results in greater anxiety and, sometimes might turn into depression.
The economic situation and the uncertainty about the future we are living now are working our nerves out.
In addition, you have to consider the deprivation of liberty caused by the lockdown.
Knowing that we are vulnerable to pandemic fatigue, we must put into practice measures that help us regain some well-being.
Here are 3 ideas that may help you out:
- Normalize what you feel. It is normal for you to feel stressed or sad. These last months are even harder because we are in winter and we do not see the way out (during the 1st wave we had summer ahead).
- Your well-being must become your priority. Just as you pay attention to wearing a mask, respecting safety distances and washing often your hands, you must take care of your well-being. Try to eat healthy, practise physical activity even at home, and talk to friends or beloved ones even if you cannot do it in person. If the rules in force allow it, go out, especially when it is sunny. Vitamin D is good not only for the body but also for the spirit. Find a hobby, or if you had one before, start doing it again.
- Give your mind a break. Stop listening to the latest news on Covid. Take a break from the news. Give yourself permission to disconnect. If you miss the latest update on the contagion data, nothing will happen. When you talk to someone, try to avoid the Covid topic. It is not a matter of pretending nothing has happened, but simply of avoiding further fatigue.