• Peggi Ingram

Holiday Fatigue or Covid Fatigue

Are you feeling tired? Frustrated? Irritable? Unable to make a decision? Confused? Don't feel like doing anything but want to do something? Afraid to do anything? These are very normal emotions and feelings at this time of year and then to add Covid in the mix.

I heard the term Covid fatigue and I so agree. I am tired of hearing about it, I am tired of talking about it, I am tired of the mandates changing, I am tired of wearing a mask and not being able to breathe, I am tired of having to change my plans, I am just plain tired!

It is so important as we go into the next wave, winter and the holidays to take care of our fatigue and stress. So how is best to do this?

  1. Turn off the News! I mean it. This can be a huge source of stress and feed the fatigue. Focus on the good.

  2. Reach out to others. If you can and feel safe, meet individually so you have human contact even if it is just going to the grocery store together.

  3. Stay Connected - through phone, mail, apps, etc. This does not replace human contact but helps.

  4. REST - Take a nap, make sure you are going to bed at a decent time to get 7-8 hours a night.

  5. Say No! Decide what is really important and keep that To-do list manageable.

  6. Volunteer. There are still many ways to volunteer and stay safe. More help is needed now than ever.

  7. Get as much sunshine as possible. With the decrease sunshine hours, we can feel the decrease in our moods. Sunshine helps build that up.

  8. Exercise but not excessively. This is not a pass to not exercise but be aware that exercise is a form of stress to the body and it does not know if it is 'good' or 'bad' stress. Too much stress will inhibit your ability to drop fat!

  9. Find a new hobby. Not a cook - great time to start - healthy recipes only!

  10. Be aware of your feelings and reach out to others, your friends, your doctor. These feelings are real and may need to be professionally addressed.

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