In 2020, Covid invaded the lives of people all over the world. Quickly our lives were turned from social, busy, and productive people into secluded, depressed, and socially distant individuals. This has led to millions feeling lost and hopeless. So, let’s talk about hopelessness and Covid fatigue; what it means, and how it may be affecting you.
Let’s Talk About Hopelessness and Covid Fatigue (The Raw Truth)
Humans are social creatures by nature, and we thrive on communicating, interacting, and coming in contact with one another on a frequent basis. Once the Covid pandemic hit, countless people were forced to give up life as we know it-without warning, preparation, or any idea how to properly handle the withdrawal.
At first, safety was a concern, and survival instincts helped us get through the initial few weeks and months of staying inside and avoiding visiting family and friends. However, over time, Covid has become unhealthy in a whole new way.
As the world moves into the third year of this “new way of life” many people have begun to feel the negative effects, mentally and emotionally.
What is Covid Fatigue?
The word ‘fatigue’ often refers to feeling tired, exhausted, or weak. However, in this case, the word fatigue is used to describe the overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, boredom, restlessness, anxiety, anger, and depression. This stems from the situation put in front of us. which is one that we have no control over what-so-ever.
It is believed that many people who refuse to abide by social distancing requirements, mask mandates, and other Covid-19 inspired laws, do so as a result of Covid fatigue. The decision to go against rules set forth by the government comes from communities that miss social events and public gatherings restricted upon due to Covid regulations.
Once you get to the point of anger and depression, even those who are completely aware and are accepting of the health dangers may change. They become more inclined to go against medical and law enforcement recommendations and requirements.
Those who are feeling angry by the ongoing mask mandates are more likely to put up a fight putting on their masks at the store or in public.
Those who are depressed by the current situation are likely to withdraw even more. They may find themselves sleeping longer, avoiding phone calls, and ignoring news outlets.
Symptoms of Covid Fatigue or Pandemic Burn Out
There are multiple well-known symptoms of Covid-19, but do you know what the symptoms of Covid Fatigue look like? Let’s take a look.
- New onset of irritability or anger towards loved ones
- Refusing to comply with Covid restrictions such as social distancing and wearing a mask
- Feeling extremely tired even after getting a good amount of sleep at night
- Panicking or becoming anxious when you come near someone not wearing a mask
- Loss of motivation
- An overwhelming sense of loss of purpose or belonging
- New onset of depression, stress, and anxiety
These symptoms are associated with Covid Fatigue if the onset of each symptom started after the pandemic hit. This is when the world started socially distancing to avoid spreading the disease.
How to Heal from Hopelessness and Covid Fatigue
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like social distancing and covid precautions are going anywhere anytime soon. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to make the situation more manageable and improve your mental well-being.
There are a few things you can do to make the pandemic more tolerable, and life feel less hopeless.
Take Part in an Online Activity
Technology is a big part of everyday life, making it easier to communicate with others even when you can’t be there in person. Utilize these advancements to take part in activities that interest you.
- Schedule group zoom meetings with family and friends
- Join an online book club
- Take online painting or craft lessons
- Take an online class for a subject you are interested in
Do Productive Activities You Haven’t Had Time For
There is something cathartic about organizing your space and attacking chores you haven’t had time to previously attend too. This will help your mental health and increase your energy.
- Renovate your bedroom, bathroom, living room, etc.
- Organize your closets and get rid of old clothes
- Clear out your attic or basement and have a covid-friendly or online yard sale
Create a Social Distance Safety Group
Sometimes known as “pods”, these groups consist of a small number of close friends or family you plan to see often. Gather this group of friends or family together so you can get out once a week or so. Knowing this is the same “pod” you associate with exclusively cuts down on exposure and changes of becoming ill.
Seeking professional mental health during these times is one of the best ways to identify what you are dealing with and the best ways to treat it. Therapists are trained to know how to help you through the murkiness.
Let’s talk about hopelessness and covid fatigue with everyone we love. It’s ok to talk about it even those we come across who are showing signs and symptoms of this depressing condition. The more we talk about it, the more we can help our community get through the negative effects brought on by the pandemic.