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Overcome Pandemic Burnout and Make your Home a Happy Place

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Pandemic Fatigue

Pandemic Fatigue

What is Pandemic Fatigue?

The COVID Pandemic seems to be never ending. We have been stuck at home now for more than a year and a half. We were trying to adjust to the new circumstances with the hope that everything would be back to normal and it was only a matter of time. The inability to meet their dear ones, or go on a vacation, the tensions and travails of the work from home culture, is causing a lot of tension and uncertainty to many people. Experts call this the pandemic fatigue. So, what is this pandemic fatigue? Pandemic Fatigue is the exhaustion one feels after spending a lot of time and energy adapting to the new lifestyle and its difficulties due to the pandemic

Never ending Stress and Anxiety

Never ending Stress and Anxiety

Children and Seniors are also Affected

The uncertainty about the future is frustrating. In the second wave, more youngsters are falling prey to the virus. The unpredictability is causing a lot of anxiety. Many youngster’s dreams of joining college has come crashing down. Everything is done virtually. For children who like socializing, it is particularly difficult when they do not get the opportunity to meet their friends, teachers, or attend practical classes. Constant online classes tire them out. So, they experience a lot of anxiety and mood swings.

The pandemic has affected the seniors in a different way. While they are experiencing difficulty in getting used to the change in life style following all the precautionary measures, they have to also deal with more stress when they hear of their pears being in a critical condition, some even losing lives. Aged people have limited options to unwind. They only time they would go out is to a nearby park for their daily walk, or for a stroll with their pet, which is also now curtailed. They get bored of sitting idle at home, constantly being lectured by family members as they are at more risk due to their age.

So how do we overcome this burnout which is threatening the mental and physical health of children, seniors and young working professionals alike?

Here are some tips to overcome pandemic fatigue:

  • Plan your day ahead. Working from home can make one lethargic. Planning to do the things that need to be done through the day before hand can help accomplish goals better.
  • Taking a break from social media is very important. Plan for a cut off time as scrolling endlessly through social media can be very stressful
  • Work at a comfortable pace. Just because you work from home does not mean you have to wear yourself out.
  • Try to do some volunteering work from home for those in need

STRENGTH DOES NOT COME FROM PHYSICAL CAPACITY: STRENGTH COMES FROM AN INDOMITABLE WILL

— MAHATMA GANDHI

Tips for Seniors

  • Seniors can spend quality time with grandchildren, keeping them engaged with fun and, educational games, story-telling sessions and indoor activities like art and craft.
  • Indulge in some light workout, eat healthy, maintain a healthy sleep schedule.
  • Watch interesting shows and movies preferably comedy which you could not during your earlier work life days.
  • Meditation and positive affirmations help relieve anxiety to a great extent.
  • Relive memories by flipping through old photos.
  • Rearranging homes to find newer corners for some me-time can be rewarding.
Exercise is Important

Exercise is Important

THE HARD DAYS ARE WHAT MAKE YOU STRONGER

— Aly Raisman

Youngsters Need to Deal with it too

  • Youngsters can involve in terrace workouts for a change and indulge in board games rather than being glued to their phones.
  • Allot a specific time to do the things you love. It could be reading a book, playing games, or watching movies.
  • Prioritize mental health. Stay connected with family and friends. If you feel you need professional help, do not delay in getting it.


Children are the Most Vulnerable

Parents find it especially hard to deal with the stress the children face due to the pandemic. Children are the ones most affected during this pandemic. With vacations and outings out of the picture, the little ones are forced to spend yet another summer at home this year.

Some tips to help parents cope with the stress children are facing due to the pandemic

Gardening with the Children

Gardening with the Children

Tips for Parents to cope with the Children's Stress

  • Set aside 20-30 minutes each day to spend with your child, understand their likes and dislikes, read a book, involve in activities like drawing and painting, singing and dancing, helping in their schoolwork, with them.
  • Take their help in doing chores, make cleaning and cooking a game so that they get interested in it.
  • Give them positive instructions and praise for the work done well. Do not get angry or shout at them when they do a mistake. Correct them in a calm and patient manner.
  • Listen to your children, allow them to talk freely, and answer questions truthfully
  • If the child is scared or confused, explain in a calm manner and assure him or her that safety can be ensured with proper care.
  • Explain to them in simple words the nature of the pandemic and the precautions that need to be taken for staying safe from the virus.
  • Keep them away from social media that triggers panic. Take a break from work, listen to them when they are anxious, accept their feelings and comfort them.
  • When you feel it is too much to handle, take deep breaths and stay calm. Stress and anxiousness can permeate to the children too, so the parents need to practice calmness first.
  • Enroll children in virtual summer camps. From art and crafts to music and playwriting, summer camps are coming up with creative ideas to keep children engaged. Interacting with their peers in these camps give them a sense of communion.

Parents need to take Care of Themselves First

When adults are affected, it trickles down to the children in many ways. It increases their anxiety, lowers their confidence and affects their sleep, socialization among many other things. As a result, they become irritable and anxious, worsening screen addiction, disturbing sleep patterns and also obesity due to stress induced overeating. Children’s stress can be addressed by reducing parents’ stress. So, it is important to enhance the psychological stability of the parents whose lives have been affected by the covid pandemic. Apart from psychological, children's biological development needs to be monitored. Their sleeping pattern, physical activity, stress management need to be streamlined. Yoga, meditation, spending time in the laps of nature can be very helpful.

Happy Family

Happy Family

Make your Home a Happy Space And Push the Pandemic Gloom out

What with everyone working from home, it is no longer the space to relax and spend valuable time with our dear ones. Our living rooms and dining rooms have turned into classrooms or office stations, bedrooms into gyms, balconies into gardens. And home has once again become a safe haven during this second wave. It is possible to make our home a vibrant, happy and sacred space and push the gloom away.

Some tips to convert your and home to a happy space:

  • Redecorate your home and balcony garden, rearrange the furniture. Adding more string lights in rooms will add cheer and exude a happy vibe.
  • Transform a small part of your bedroom into a home gym. A little work out everyday makes you happier relieve you of anxiety and depression. It is important to keep fit and happy at home during these stressful times.
  • Music creates a positive atmosphere in the house and at the same time uplifts everybody's mood. So, when you are isolating stuck indoors, play the music of your choice so as to reach every corner of the house. It keeps everyone happy and cheerful.
  • Make your balcony a happy feeding space for birds. Keep an attractive bird feeder in the balcony. Colorful flowers, potted plants can attract birds like doves, sparrows, finches and brighten up your day.
  • Make sure your house is not cluttered. Allocate a space for the family to gather, chat, eat, do interesting activities together. Decorate the walls with old photos to recollect happy memories. You can even create an attractive background for the photos with beautiful wallpapers and frames for the pictures.
  • Now as stepping out is not an option, allow ample light and fresh air to enter all the rooms. Adding home plants to the work spaces can add cheer and uplift the mood. Children love participating in gardening activities with parents. Some easy to maintain plants can be taken care of by the children by watering the plants and watch them grow. It can make a great difference to the children’s lives who are bored being indoors all the time.

Embrace Spirituality to Overcome Stress

Spiritual masters advise us to maintain discernment, cultivate an attitude of alertness, and prepare to face the situation. Worrying will drain away our self-confidence and dissipate our inner strength. This will prevent us from finding the solution. Spirituality teaches us to be strong and face obstacles and hardships and not become weak and collapse. Like how a weightlifter gradually increases weights to increase his capacity. In course of time he is able to carry hundreds of kilograms easily. This has become possible because of practice.

In the same way, being aware and following spiritual principles, our mental strength will gradually increase. Whether we choose to be happy or sad, the days will pass. We must resolve to be happy whatever trials and tribulations we face in life. Take a decision to remain courageous no matter what. Then you will become fearless and overcome any difficulty with confidence.

Final Thoughts

All of us are struggling due to the pandemic. Though most of us have adapted to the new lifestyle, we still miss the old normal when we could move freely anywhere, go wherever we wanted, meet our friends and relatives, attend events, and go on vacations. The frustration is slowly telling on our mental health. Psychologists have termed it the pandemic fatigue.

Some are dealing with sleepless nights due to the anxiety, some are taking to alcohol, some are showing obsessive compulsive behavior, mainly about cleanliness and hygiene. Some are turning paranoid about the virus.

Before the situation worsens and our mental health get affected, we need to take steps to address this situation, strengthen our psyches and deal with the pandemic blues with all our might. We need to give special attention to children too, because they are sensitive and vulnerable. A creative routine can keep the children engaged and virtual summer camps during the summer vacations help them cope with the situation.

References

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

Comments

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 03, 2021:

Thanks Misbah, appreciate your visit and comments. I am facing the same problems. Some I am not able to find many articles on the feed to comment. I read them all but later I don't find them to comment on. And comments are not allowed on Discover. I wonder when it will be set right. Take care, stay blessed.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 03, 2021:

Vidya, this is a wonderful article with many useful suggestions and tips to overcome anxiety and stress due to Pandemic. Thanks for sharing this informative and helpful article. Really appreciate your efforts. I wanted to comment on this article but I wasn't able to find it on my feed before. After a lot of scrolling down, it's now visible. Stay safe and healthy.

Blessings and Love

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 02, 2021:

Thanks Flourish. I very much appreciate your visit and comments. Sad but true, we seem to have to deal with this pandemic for a long time. And mental health has become a major issue along with other problems. A few changes in our lifestyle and home spaces will help cheer us and relieve us from the uncertainty and gloom the pandemic has brought. Have a great day, stay blessed.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 02, 2021:

Especially since it looks like COVID-19 will be with us for awhile we need to learn these strategies to cope positively. I like your suggestions.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 02, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for the kind comments. Much appreciated. Grandparents were not allowed to meet their grandchildren, so had to connect online to be in touch with them. Many managed to play games online like dumb charades, guessing the word etc., to keep them engaged when their parents had to work. We are lucky we got both doses of the vaccine.

It's wonderful Brenda that you can go out without a mask, it is such a relief. I agree keeping the house uncluttered, and allowing ample sunshine and air in can add cheer to a home. Since everybody in the family is at home, it is important the atmosphere remains cheerful and happy. Hope things change soon. Have a great week, stay blessed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 01, 2021:

Vidya

This is very good and detailed article.

You have some great ideas.

During the pandemic the elderly were cautioned to not be around children, so many didn't get to see their grandchildren.

But thankfully, times are changing here.

Starting tomorrow if you have had both vaccine doses, you no longer need to wear a mask.

We can see other people and travel.

I hope this works out.

I am definitely going to leave the mask at home, unless a business requires it.

But i love your ideas. Especially about fresh air & the balcony.

And keeping the hiuse uncluttered certainly does help.

I do think when one person is upset..it trickles down to everyone around.

Take care.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 01, 2021:

Thanks Rozlin for the kind comments. Much appreciated. I am so glad you liked it.Take care, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 01, 2021:

Thanks Linda for the visit and kind comments. Glad to know things have improved in the area where you stay and that you are able to go out with all due precautions. Here we are still in lockdown and there are rumors of it being extended. It is quite boring being stuck indoors all the time. We can only hope and pray that things will improve soon. Have a great week ahead, take care, stay blessed.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 01, 2021:

Thank you for sharing your useful suggestions, Vidya. This has been a very difficult time for many people. Fortunately, where I live people have been able to leave their homes during the pandemic, though masks and social distancing have been and still are required in certain situations. There are signs that the situation is finally improving in my area. I hope the improvement continues and that other communities soon experience better times as well.

Rozlin from UAE on June 01, 2021:

This is a very helpful hub, Vidya. Thanks for sharing. Take care. Stay safe and healthy.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 01, 2021:

Thanks Anoop for the visit and comments. Much appreciated. A few lifestyle changes in the new normal are needed to protect our physical and mental health. We need to resolve to face adversities with a strong will and choose to be happy come what may. Take care, stay blessed.

Anoop Kashyap on June 01, 2021:

Nice article and very informative, which talks about dealing with our lifesyle in a better way in this new normal.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 01, 2021:

Thanks Pamela. I very much appreciate your kind comments. Yes this pandemic has particularly affected children the most. In an age when they need to be free and play outdoors, enjoy nature,they are stuck indoors. It is causing them so much stress. I hope and wish the pandemic is done with ànd we can get back to normal life again soon. Have a great day, stay blessed.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 01, 2021:

This is an excellent article that is full of good suggestions, Vidya. I agree that everyone has been affected in various ways. I feel especially bad for parents with school age children that are also trying to work.

I think your suggestions will help some people get back to a new normal. It is been such a difficult.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on June 01, 2021:

Pandemic Fatigue is described as the exhaustion one feels after spending a lot of time and energy adapting to a new lifestyle and its difficulties due to the pandemic. There are ways we can get over this problem before it starts affecting our overall health.

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