Tips for Handling Pandemic Fatigue : Emily Griffith Technical College

Tips for Handling Pandemic Fatigue

Tips for Handling Pandemic Fatigue

If you’ve found yourself not being as careful as when the pandemic first hit or feeling mentally drained worrying about COVID-19, you’re not alone. Pandemic fatigue, or feeling demotivated about following recommended safety guidelines to protect oneself and others from the virus, is on the rise across the world. The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health, with over 40% of Coloradans experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or fatigued right now, know that you’re not alone. Just as importantly, there are several things you can do to cope, as suggested by psychologist Justin Ross at UCHealth:  

Reflect and accept. Check in with yourself on how you’re doing. Do you feel irritated, impatient, angry, fatigued, anxious, or depressed? You’re not alone. These are all normal ways to feel right now so give yourself grace to accept these complex and difficult emotions.

Breathe and meditate. Reduce your stress and anxiety by practicing breathing exercises at least three times a day. Take a few deep breaths and concentrate on the feeling of the air flowing in and out of your lungs. Practicing simple breathing exercises like this can help us better manage feelings of anxiety.

Monitor your social media. Limit your consumption of social media to avoid doom scrolling, which can alter feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and fatigue. Plan times throughout the day to check social media or even consider deleting certain apps to help you limit your consumption.

Restore and replenish your energy. Plan and take breaks throughout your day to do things that are deliberately calming and restorative like taking walks, reading a book, or calling a loved one.

Be active. Replenish your energy by being physically active and taking care of your physical self. Don’t underestimate the power of eating well, drinking plenty of water, and getting a good night’s sleep. 

We encourage you to try these tips the next time you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious. If you find you need extra support and would like to get connected to a mental health professional, reach out to your Student Success Coordinator or check out these free/low-cost counseling resources.

Source: UC Health

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