Covid-19 Burnout

Experiencing pandemic fatigue? You’re not alone.

By: Tasnin Khan

With the holiday season in full swing and the year coming to a close, it’s understandable that many of us are TIREDT. To say that we are drained, and sick of COVID and the ways it’s overshadowed most of 2020 is an understatement. However, the facts tell us that unfortunately, the virus is still on the rise and the best way to combat it is to continue to be careful and follow policies.

The burn-out is real, and it’s justified. This holiday season feels different. The idea of family gatherings or reuniting with your friends, maybe hitting the bars or going to other holiday events, and all the things that usually make this time of year so magical, feel like a distant memory. And while it may be hard to stomach the idea of doing things differently this year, it’s important we check in with ourselves and our mental health while remaining consistent in our safety practices.  

As the weather gets colder, days get shorter, and the holidays continue on, here are a few gentle reminders to help make it through the coming months:

· Continue to explore creative family/friend Zoom gatherings.

Why not take this time to get extra creative with (virtual) holiday gatherings? Whether this takes the form of having a wine night, baking holiday cookies, or doing a fun Secret Santa via Zoom, we can and should still share this time with our loved ones. It’s a blessing that many of us have access to smart devices and internet—let’s use what we have to share and create special moments to end this year and welcome a better one.

· Clear your mind by moving your body.

It’s important that we do what we can to keep our bodies moving for the sake of our health—both physical and mental. It’s easy to get stir-crazy when forced to be cooped up as the temperature outside drops, but let’s not forget to be physically active. It can be simple as following a yoga YouTube channel or doing a Zoom workout with an accountability partner. Do what’s needed to take care of yourself and prioritize your wellness.

· Be kind to yourself.

It goes without saying that these times are difficult. Yet, here we are almost closing off this year. You made it to the other side of an incredibly challenging time, and I’m here to remind you again: this too shall pass. To simply have made it to this point existing, being healthy, making it through each day and week is an accomplishment in and of itself. If you’re beating yourself up for not being more productive or not being where you want to be in some capacity, please have a little bit of extra grace with yourself. You’re only human, and whatever it is that you would like to do or accomplish is not out of your reach. You’ll get there, but always remember to take care of yourself first in these weird times.

· Continue to social-distance, no matter what!

No matter how tempting it may be, no matter how many others are doing it, no matter how much friends are pressuring you, please hold your ground about social distancing, wearing masks, washing your hands, and being responsible. We’re all adults, and these practices do make a difference. Just because a party or large gathering wasn’t posted on social media doesn’t make it okay or mean it didn’t happen! Whether you know people who had mild or asymptomatic COVID cases, or you don’t know anyone who has had it, the disease is very real. Just because it may not affect you directly or severely does not mean that others can recover from it the same way.

Let’s all continue to be considerate of those around us. Let’s continue to keep in mind what’s best and most responsible for the greater good. Let’s set a positive example and not fall into the trap of doing things we know are risky.

Wishing you a healthy and safe holiday season, with love from the TGR Family.

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