As the pandemic continues, you might be finding it harder to follow public health recommendations to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. This kind of fatigue is actually pretty common to any new health-related behaviour you might try to adopt, just think about how many new year’s resolutions don’t make it past February 1. But unlike your intention to hit the gym 5 times a week, not following COVID-19 mandates and recommended behaviour can have some pretty serious consequences for yourself and others.
If you are experiencing COVID fatigue, there are some things you can do to address it.
Make it personal: For some catching COVID-19 or spreading it to others seems like an abstract idea, but the reality is that the coronavirus can affect anyone. Read a story about someone who’s gone through COVID-19 so it becomes personal to you.
Talk to others: You are definitely not the only person experiencing fatigue- discussing your feeling with someone else can be therapeutic.
Think differently: Focussing on things you can’t control, like rising case numbers or the actions of other people, can make your own actions seem meaningless. Instead focus on the things you can control, like planning virtual events instead of in person or ordering take-out instead of eating at a restaurant.
If you are looking for more resources, check out our physical distancing toolkit.