7 Ways to Fight the Pandemic Fatigue
Updated: Mar 23
Have you been feeling the pandemic fatigue (aka the covid-19 burnout) hard lately? Me too, friends, me too!
Unexplained tiredness, endless anxiety, feeling a little numb and apathetic about life? Yup, that’s how it’s been feeling for the past few months.
It’s been a tough 2020 AND 2021 for all of us. Feeling sick and exhausted from how this pandemic has impacted our lives is completely valid and normal. In this post, I’d like to share some things that have helped me manage my pandemic fatigue:
1. Get a change of scenery
When my burnout was really really bad, my partner and I had a little hotel staycation at the InterContinental Minneapolis: St. Paul Airport Hotel. It was soooo nice! Even though it was still close to home, just getting out of my condo and routine was so special and liberating. I was a bit hesitant about staying at a hotel at first but the hotel did a wonderful job adapting to COVID-19 guidelines and making me feel comfortable my whole stay. I left feeling so refreshed and well-rested!
If you still don’t feel comfortable enough to leave your home, try rearranging your furniture. Honestly, something as little as moving my work desk to face the windows instead of the wall makes me feel so much better.
2. Mindfully practicing self-love
Gained some weight? Have days where you do absolutely nothing? Feeling a bit guilty about it? Don’t be! Do what you have to do to survive these crazy times. Please go easy on yourself. Accept and love yourself wherever you are in your journey. Whenever these negative thoughts pop in my head, I tell myself, “Shela, stop that! There’s nothing to feel guilty about. Do whatever you need to do to feel sane.”
3. Move around more
It’s no secret that physical activity helps your body release a lot of feel-good chemicals. Since a lot of us are confined to our homes, it’s understandably harder to have the same level of physical activity as before all this started. Don’t like traditional exercises like lifting or cardio? Do something fun that gets you moving. Take a walk or dance. My new favorite exercise is dancing to this “15 MIN TIKTOK DANCE PARTY WORKOUT”. The 15 minutes go by so fast!
4. Acknowledge the negative emotions
You don’t have to be positive all the time. If you feel angry or sad, acknowledge and feel your emotions in their entirety. There’s often pressure in our society to be positive all the time. That’s unrealistic and unhealthy. It’s okay to not be okay.
5. Connect with your loved ones
It’s so easy to feel like you’re alone when you’re cut off from the people you love due to covid. I live alone (and I love living alone) but at times it does make me feel lonely. The fact is that, as humans, we do need human connection to be happy. At times like this, I always make sure to reach out to my closest friends. Calls, video calls, a text, or sometimes even a meme can brighten my day.
6. Disconnect from the news and social media
The bombardment of all the depressing things in the news and social media can affect you more than you realize. There are so many bad things going on in the world and absorbing all of it can leave you feeling drained and overwhelmed. Turn off your phone for a few hours, make some tea, draw, write poetry, paint your nails, watch your favorite tv show, do what makes your soul feel peaceful and happy. Taking a break from the news and social media can do wonders for your mental health.
7. Get professional support
All the tips above not working for you? Maybe it’s time to seek professional help. Let’s normalize taking care of your mental health. Let’s normalize going to therapy. Therapy is so much easier now with video call therapy sessions. You can see a therapist from the comfort of your own home!
Thanks for reading this blog post! What do you think about this topic? Can you relate to this feeling? What do you personally do to feel better?
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Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and there are no affiliate links. My stay at the Intercontinental hotel was complimentary in exchange for sharing my experience on my social media platforms.