I don't know about you but I'm fed up with this Pandemic. I just want to go somewhere and jump into an ocean of blue water. But even though we are somewhat post-vaccinated, this "thing" is still with us and we just have to find a way to find some level of rejuvenation in the midst of it all.
I take my liberty to use a few minutes to complain, but then I'm reminded that I'm not going through this alone, the whole world has born the weight of this virus and we can say beyond debate, that we have all been in this thing together. And again, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like we're going to be here for a moment so we need to figure out how to navigate these waters and at the same time find ways to minister to our fatigue in a way that supports our overall well-being.
I know for me, just sitting outside on my terrace watching the river flow or the trees swaying from Summer's breeze has been everything for me. Just jumping in the car and taking a ride to literally no where, burning up gas I literally hadn't used for over a year was a new kind of therapy. There were countless and in some cases mindless things I did to not let fatigue get the best of me. I had some good days and some not so good days. But when I consider the number of people who didn't make it through, all my days were good, I just didn't realize it at that time.
5 Ways to Help Navigate your Pandemic Fatigue
Just accept it. I know that many of us have, but there are some who are still struggling with the death of normal. Each of us individually can probably recall the very moment when normal took its last breath. We knew we were not in Kansas any more, that there had been a cataclysmic shift in everything we were used to and while we accepted it on a basic level, we still mourn for those times when we could spontaneously do anything. Run out the house and not worry about whether we remembered to take our mask. Plan that trip or get together with friends for a drink. We can somewhat still do those things, but we know it's not the same and something in us rejects that.
Monitor the impact social media may be having on your fatigue. There's a lot of people with a lot to say simply because they have a lot of time on their hands. Constantly looking at the same type of information could add to your fatigue in ways you may not even realize.
If you haven't already, discover meditation techniques to help you focus and reflect on the goodness in your life.
Find ways to restore yourself, listen to an inspirational podcast, read an inspirational book, take a walk, a run or a break from Netflix, Hulu or HBO Max. That can be totally entertaining, but it's also a way to avoid what may really be going on in your mind and your body.
Seek some help if you need it. There are untold numbers of people who are suffering from some level of mental health challenge due to the Pandemic. F#ck stigmas, do what you need to do for you.