Overcoming Pandemic Fatigue
With millions of Australians in lockdown 18 months into the pandemic, many of us are running close to empty emotionally and mentally.
Pandemic fatigue is real and understandable. Daily news cycles can be overwhelming, and each person has their own pressures such as family demands, home-schooling, financial stress, isolation and loneliness.
Frustration, tiredness, irritability and a lack of enthusiasm for doing things we normally enjoy are all common responses to the challenges. Taking practical steps to counteract pandemic fatigue can help. I find giving myself a break from screens and devices and taking a walk to start the day useful. See a handy checklist for pandemic fatigue and effective ways to overcome it > HERE.
Missing shared experiences, favourite activities, in-person learning and time with loved ones can naturally lead to sadness and despondency. Read about the value of acknowledging grief > HERE, and for digital mental health resources go to Head to Health > HERE or call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 – 24 hours a day.
Sydney’s rapid vaccination rates should give us hope. Fully vaccinated people are less likely to catch, spread or get sick from the virus. High vaccination rates should see case numbers and hospitalisations drop and give us new options to socialise as summer approaches. We will get through this, and we can start anticipating the joys.