Are you feeling a little bit chronically fatigued? Or just plain old tired? Overwhelmed? Are you experiencing some memory fog? Or maybe you’re feeling a general lack of motivation?
You’re not alone. Many of us are dealing with these feelings too.
What you might be feeling is what experts are calling pandemic fatigue.
It’s been more than six months since the pandemic. And a good number of us feel stretched beyond what we feel our limits are. And we’re craving any semblance of 'normal' back in our lives.
The way we grocery shop isn’t the same. Our routine activities may have changed or disappeared. We might not yet feel comfortable or safe visiting our regular spots, like gyms, restaurants, or shopping malls. And with the second wave in sight, our anxiety might be continuing to increase. Simply put, we’re tired.
Despite all of this, there are things we can do to beat this pandemic fatigue and live our best life.
1. Practice self-care
Self-care is the practice of doing things that help you to maintain your physical, mental or emotional health. Many seniors have spent most of their lives putting others first, like taking care of other people, including their children and grandchildren. This can make self-care challenging.
More than ever, it is important to prioritize self-care. It will help to boost your mood, energy level, and strengthen your body’s immune response - all things that will help you beat pandemic fatigue.
2. Surround yourself with the right people
A client of ours noted that she appreciates her friendships more than even before. Do you feel the same?
Take time to connect with loved ones and dear friends. Perhaps reach out to a friend you have not connected with in a while, and send a quick note. Being able to relate our feelings and emotions to people we trust and love can help quell our worries and anxieties.
3. Eat Healthy
We all went through the period where we were eating all of our favourite comfort foods. Perhaps you baked more, or indulged more in your favourite snacks. This is understandable, and some might say even necessary, as we adjusted to life under lockdown, and coped with loneliness, boredom, and worry.
At the same time, what we choose to eat can mean the difference between us feeling energetic or fatigued. Healthy foods can also strengthen our immune system, of vital importance in light of the pandemic. Start with making healthy changes to one meal a day and go from there!
4. Create new Traditions
Create a new tradition! For instance, maybe set aside Sunday nights to engage in a new hobby or an activity that makes you feel good physically, mentally, or emotionally. Try an at-home spa experience or go for a walk or drive through your favourite areas in town. You can also organize a weekly virtual get-together with a group of friends with each person having their favourite snack and beverage on hand during that time.
5. Limit News Intake
It might be worthwhile to limit your consumption of news. You may have gotten into the habit of watching or listening to news several times a day, even switching channels to get different views and perspectives.
This may be wreaking havoc on your mental health. Cutting back on the time you spend watching and listening to news may reduce your anxiety and overwhelm and help lower your overall stress level.
6. Lower Your Stress
Focusing on activities and hobbies that you find calming or that makes you happy can lower your stress level. You can try and make a fancy meal, or listen to your favourite music, or go for a quiet walk. Some activity ideas include:
- Breathing exercises
- Watching a comedy
No doubt, these last few months have been challenging. Despite the challenges, we can still strive to live our best life. Our encouragement is this: Do not give up, and do persevere in finding new and exciting ways to live a meaningful and joyful life.