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Mainstream Tips for Easing Pandemic Fatigue

The internet is overflowing with blogs providing tips for dealing with pandemic fatigue. Here are a few. Although the authors differ a bit on how they define this fatigue, all point to our growing weariness of following restrictions and guidelines.

Elizabeth Millard (2021, February 17). How to Not Let Pandemic Fatigue Turn Into Pandemic Burnout. Everyday Health [online]

  • Hope for the best but don’t expect it. Unmet expectations take a terrible toll on mental health.
  • Set boundaries with those in your home. Everyone needs space, especially those working from home with family.
  • Add structure to your days. People need a sense of order.
  • Prioritize self-care, especially sleep.
  • Get help if and when you need it.

David Badre (2021, January 24). How We Can Deal with ‘Pandemic Fatigue’. Scientific American [online]

  • Aimed at a US audience, the article approves of the US relief package because it takes away some financial insecurity for the vulnerable.
  • We need clear guidelines from scientific sources. Currently, too many localities have developed their own policies to prevent the spread of infection.
  • We need clear rules for opening businesses and schools. Rules will help people stop “multi-tasking,” a common feature of working from home, which requires a lot of mental effort.

UCLA Health (2020, July 7). 7 steps to reduce pandemic fatigue. UCLA Health [online]

  • Take care of your body.
  • Limit news intake.
  • Lower your stress (breathing, Yoga, reading, watching TV).
  • Connect with others.
  • Try positive self-talk.
  • Create new traditions. If you can’t have people over or can’t have family get-togethers).

Katie Kerwin McCrimmon (2020, October 30). Are you feeling exhausted, anxious or sad? 5 tips for handling ‘pandemic fatigue’. UC Health [online]

  • Reflect and accept. Check in with yourself and reflect on how you are doing.
  • Breathe and meditate.
  • Monitor your social media: Stop ‘doomscrolling’ and limit time on your screens.

Sara Berg (2021, January 29). What doctors wish patients knew about pandemic fatigue. American Medical Association [online]

  • Seek mental health care, if needed.
  • Find ways to have community
  • Maintain hope
  • Create a schedule
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Practice positive affirmation
  • Set boundaries for social media
  • Continue to follow preventive measures