Have you felt crisis fatigue during the pandemic? Here’s 5 Ways To Help You Cope!
By: Astha, Chiara
Published On: June 03, 2021
Living through a pandemic as the world spins on hasn’t been easy for any of us. The major lifestyle changes amidst the constant fear and looming uncertainty have had immense effects on the mental health of people. Many have dealt with loss, separation, anxiety, and desperation during the two-year course of this life-altering crisis. Crisis fatigue is like trying to lift the weight of the world all at once. After the moral injury and potential PTSD, recovering from the COVID-19 fatigue has become absolutely necessary.
Dealing with COVID-19 fatigue is imperative. It can even lead to a rise in overall cases. Case in point, as reported by The Print, Indians experienced systemic fatigue which led to the rise in COVID cases. Right since September, there was a steady fall in cases until February. Since then, the cases shot up due to mass gatherings and general disillusionment.
Here are 5 things you can do to recover from crisis fatigue!
- Limit the news you consume
It is indeed important to educate yourself but information overload is bound to overwhelm you, especially in a confined situation like the current one. This causes anxiety about the outcomes of the events around you and a sense of helplessness. One way to keep the stress at bay would be, read the newspaper headlines instead of watching the news on television for hours on end. Often what many fail to realise in that moment is that when reading a newspaper, you have the leverage to read it at a pace and tonality that you are comfortable with.
- Make a routine for yourself
According to an article by Fortis Hospital, while forming a routine and regulating our thought patterns can be difficult, routines give structure to life.
It may be tough to get into a routine but you need it more than ever during the pandemic. It will give you a sense of purpose at different points in the day and help you cope with the anxieties about the events around you. By setting daily targets you move both physically and mentally towards achieving those goals, making you feel accomplished. Routines help direct your chain of thoughts, leaving you little time to wonder about the worrisome news outside.
- Exercise regularly
Keeping healthy and fit can help you not only increase your immunity but also give you the space to expel your pent energy in quarantine. Do indoor exercises. Yoga and meditation is the most plausible type of exercise to keep your mind and body fit. You could also join online workout sessions if you miss your workout buddies. Online Zumba is preferred by a lot of groups on the internet. Another fitness option is to start small with some weight-lifting exercises.
- Indulge in hobbies
When in a tense situation, do more of what makes you happy.
Take up hobbies that you can practice indoors such as painting or singing. Doing what you like releases endorphins that help elevate your mood. Enjoying what you have in these difficult times is tough, but your hobbies are likely to help you cope with the stress and anxiety during the pandemic. You can find adult colouring books and start colour therapy which is known to boost your mood. You can also take up cooking as a hobby and spend time in your kitchen trying out new recipes.
- Connect with those who care
The containment has us boxed in our houses, disconnected from the world outside. Isolation can be stressful and frustrating. In times of crisis, building a community can help you cope with stressful situations in a calm manner.. We all need someone to talk to. Stay connected with your family and friends on video calls and build your support network to share your feelings. Even getting together online to play a game or two can be quite the mood booster.
Don’t shy away from asking for help. Thousands across the country and around the world are seeking medical and emotional support from professionals. During the pandemic, psychologists and psychiatrists observed at least 30% increase in distress calls, reported Hindustan Times. Reaching out for help can save you a great amount of stress. Help is around the corner!
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