Pandemic Exhaustion

Living under the continued threat of COVID-19 can begin to wear you down.
Is this true for you?

Around the globe the affects of this pandemic has impacted the lives of people in ways they never even contemplated and we have had to adapt to new ways of living as this virus has taken a hold of our society. We are approaching a year soon. Having to play our individual role in trying to protect ourselves, our families and others, in many cases is taking its toll leaving us feeling exhausted. Not knowing how long we will be fighting this, trying to keep up with all the changes, job losses and for some financial ruin. The possibility and hope of vaccines, more lockdowns, deciphering fact from fiction in the daily news have made it easier to feel demotivated, hopeless and fatigued as the days roll by.

If you are feeling these effects, don’t worry, you are not alone
It’s a natural response people feel to the prolonged uncertainty and the disruption caused by a pandemic and it affects. We are all different and
we may find we are experiencing some or all of the following:
Feeling irriatable
Lacking concentration
Feeling hopeless and lacking motivation
Your sleep and eating habits changed
Feeling stressed
over the littlest things that you normally would manage well.

Whist this type of exhaustion or fatigue is not a medical illness, it can be a threat to our and others safety as the Motivation to keep following the safety guidelines can dwindle to the degree that we get more complacent about the virus, letting our guards down even though it is spreading and taking lives. With the continued sporadic lockdowns, seeking your freedom could be putting yourself and others at risk.
During such stressful times, when feelings of discouragement and hopelessness continue to wear us down, seek out encouragement. Find it wherever it exists!
In staying connected with friends and family through the online platforms that support video chats (zoom, face Time, whatsApp video calling, etc). We should make that call or send that text. Sending letters is a dying art these days but it has its benefits for both the writer and the recipient. By reaching out to friends and family we can swap ideas on what has helped each other to cope, put a smile on each other’s face and just a general chit chat that can make the world of difference.
Some people find solace in the pages of the bible…
(Isaiah 41:13, Philippians 4:6-7, 1Peter 5:7)
Here are some other suggestions of the things that can be done to bring us joy and help to take the focus off our worries for a while. By breaking up our days, we can try to build a regular routine of these suggestions every week
It’s worth a try…
1. When was the last time we tried a new hobby or project, like a course, learning something new?
By immersing ourselves into something new or doing something creative we are setting aside time to focus elsewhere. We thrive when we have a routine, when we have direction and when the days feel less uncertain. Our days have been restricted to a some degree, so building new routines helps us get through them.
2. Build exercise into your days or weeks. This may consist of a brisk stroll to clear your head (whilst getting fresh air) or to break up the amount of time sitting watching Neflix… 😉 If working from home, take comfort breaks to stretch legs for the circulation and rest eyes from constantly peering in front of a computer screen. Find a time that’s most suitable.
3. Read a new or unfinished book.
4. Create a playlist of all your favourite (cheerful songs) and enjoy them regularly!
5. Make a list of all the joys in your life and keep adding to them.
Eat Well.
We should Consciously keep trying to boost our immune systems, to stay healthy. Hydration is important as the central heating on more often this time of year and can be very dehydrating. Eat healthy food. Doing these things appreciatively for all the benefits to our bodies and the feel good factor in knowing we are choosing to do this for ourselves is a boost on its own
“Everything can be taken from us but one thing: the freedom to choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances”.

Stay Positive! Keep Well, protect yourself & others, keep thriving ❤️

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