Lockdown fatigue is the exhaustion from the impact of experiencing prolonged feelings of uncertainty and lack of control over what’s happening in our lives because of the global Covid19 pandemic.
During this health crisis, our freedom in different aspects of our life has been greatly affected which then raises more stressors around us, affecting our physical and mental well-being.
What are the symptoms of lockdown fatigue?
With the increase of Psychological stressors during the pandemic, many people are describing having “brain fog”. Here is the list of the common symptoms of Lockdown Fatigue:
- difficulty focusing, prioritising, problem-solving, and making decisions
- feeling flat and unmotivated
- short temper with outbursts of frustration, anger, and irritability
- sadness and depression
- anxiety and fearing for the future
- reduced interest in previously enjoyed activities
- physical exhaustion
How to Manage Lockdown Fatigue
Start with Sleep
Keeping a routine for when you sleep and when you wake will help to regulate your sleep cycle. This sets your body clock to induce sleepiness or wakefulness at the regular times, assisting a good night’s sleep. Adequate sleep allows your mind and body to rest and repair, enabling it to function at its best. Be careful to limit consumption of excessive alcohol, caffeine late in the day or big meals just prior to going to bed as these may affect the quality of sleep. Write down your worries or tasks for the next day to put them aside for the night.
Exercise every day if possible, schedule it into your daily to-do list. Aside from making the body strong and healthy, it also improves your mood and cognitive functioning. Time outside every day gives you benefits for sleep and mental health by naturally increasing Vitamin D and stimulating melatonin production.
We all miss seeing our friends and family, socialising and meeting new people. Make the most of any opportunities to interact with others, even if it is just waving to the neighbours. Reach out to others either by phone, video calls or even text. Some contact is better than nothing, we all need and benefit from human interaction.
Invest in Self-Care
Be kind to yourself and accept the feelings and emotions that you are going through. To understand and process how you are feeling, consider keeping a journal or expressing yourself to people you trust. Wind down by doing some mindfulness, meditation or relaxation whenever possible.
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