Have you heard of quarantine fatigue? If you’re over being isolated, the lack of social connection, and miss your routine, you may be experiencing quarantine fatigue. It has to do with feeling emotionally and physically exhausted during the pandemic.
It happens from the emotional stress of the current situation of the coronavirus and while the stressors vary based on the person, it usually includes increased social isolation and the inability to engage in meaningful activities like going to the gym, visiting family, and traveling. Other stressors can include working from home, unemployment, financial stressors, and taking care of children who are usually in school. Because so little is known about the coronavirus and it seems to be neverending there’s a lot of anxiety associated with it.
Some symptoms include physical fatigue, loss of energy, irritability, sleep disturbances, anxiety, lack of motivation, unstable emotions, feelings of loneliness and hopelessness, and depression.
Now that you know what it is, how can you deal with it?
Because we don’t know when or if things will return back to normal, it’s important to actively work on ways to combat it. Start by getting back to your routine, eating better, staying hydrated, and connecting with your family and friends online or on the phone. Another helpful thing you can do is to unplug and take a break from social media and the news. You can always try breathwork and meditation to get rid of stress.