If you are feeling more drained than usual lately, it’s not just you. It could be post Covid-19 fatigue. Read on to find out what’s happening.
We are slowly getting back to our old routines, old offices and old social routines. We are picking up the pieces of what’s left of us from a difficult year, full of unknown things, anticipation, anxiety and fear.
Nobody knew what was going to happen with the Covid-19 pandemic, and the whole world was left with no choice, waiting impatiently for normality to kick in so we could get back to our daily lives.
As Huffington Post puts it very well: “We’ve all experienced some kind of trauma as a result of the pandemic. Many people experienced direct trauma — they got sick themselves, or a loved one was diagnosed with or exposed to Covid-19.
“We constantly faced the threat of becoming seriously ill, and for those most at risk, dying.”
As we’re getting there now, we’re seeing that getting back to our social and work lives is not as easy as we thought it would be.
A year of constant stress and insecurity surely took a toll on us. It is no wonder that our immune system and our health generally has been left with a trauma, and is experiencing massive fatigue.
We have been through quite a rough year, and tiredness is only the most evident consequence of that year.
That’s why people are constantly reporting that they’re choosing to stay in and rest, rather than to attend social events.
They’re still avoiding massive social events, and choosing to introspect, because that’s what a year of lockdown has considered normal for so long now.
This was normal until a while ago, and the body is allowed to have a hard time to understand what’s all this constant transition of routines. The brain is having a hard time as well, as people are experiencing major loss of focus, procrastination, lack of ‘productivity’ and anticipation.
How To Manage This Situation
You probably know that one you set off to think in an alarming way, that everything is a mess, that you can’t do anything and that you’re a failure, the body will start to respond negatively, feeding you with useless anxiety coming from your irrational thoughts.
Thoughts, those mischievous little demons can make us or break us. So what you should do is focus on thinking positively.
I know it sounds corny, but It’s not just me who is saying it. Mental health professionals and scientists now have concluded that you actually can regrow brain cells and you can change the structure and function of your brain by the way you think.
The time is now, to do so, as we accept and surrender to the constant transitions, accepting only what we can manage to change, and letting go of what we cannot.
Other things that are recommended by mental health professionals through these times of fatigue, are getting your hours of sleep, avoiding technological devices, and trying out more relaxation activities, such as yoga or meditation.
Certainly, if tiredness and fatigue is highly impacting your work and relationships, it is recommended that you start seeing a therapist, to ease your experience a little bit, and to try to take good care of yourself, while also showing compassion for the loved ones around you.
It is important that we remain patient, and that we speak up about our feelings. Most people are going through this fatigue, so it helps to share experiences and understand what others are doing to cope!
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