Covid fatigue anticipation is stressful, especially when Covid-19 case numbers soar and we just want to get back to our lives. Add into it the welcome stress of family Thanksgiving and Christmas and other end-of-the-year get-togethers. Invisible threats like Covid are even harder to protect yourself from than wild animals at the door. Or are they? Covid fatigue tells you the threat of illness doesn’t exist, because you can’t see it. But waiting it out is the best you can do for yourself and your family.
Plan a novel kind of get-together, physically distanced, masked, or on Zoom. Approach the season with a lot of vigorous creativity. Lessen your exposure! Don’t get sloppy!
As I write this in early November, two companies have announced 90 to 95% effectiveness of their developing Covid vaccines. Both companies are looking for FDA approval. While that is in the works, fight your Covid fatigue strategically. Distribution of Covid vaccines will not magically treat everyone at once; there will be a deliberate rollout, most likely beginning with our wonderful front-line workers. But we hope to be able to schedule vaccinations sometime in 2021.
How to fight Covid fatigue
1. Take care of your medical needs
Be sure to keep up with your annual physical, your dental and vision appointments. If you need a conversation with the doctor, find out if you can do a televisit. Dr. Nangrani will happily speak to you over a televisit. Medical practices are very careful about guarding against Covid spread. If you have doubts, ask!
2. Take time for your mental health
Constant stress is not good for anyone, so if you can find activities that help you maintain serenity, do them! Though you may think of Zoom in terms of meetings, many places of worship are meeting online. In addition, book clubs are very well suited to meeting online. My Stitch in Time group meets to chat on Zoom weekly when we can’t meet by physically distancing at a local park. Don’t rush into face-to-face, especially if your own health is compromised. Keep your meetups online when you can!
3. Fight Covid fatigue with a walk or a bike ride or other physical exercise
Keeping your body moving also helps to allay stress. It also feels good, when your body produces endorphins! Do Tai Chi or Yoga at a park. Play action games with the kiddos outdoors. Walk the long way around when you go to the grocery store. Every movement helps calm your body’s constant Covid fatigue stress while you wait for a vaccine.
4. Take a deep breath and practice mindfulness
Watch action movies, but be sure to balance them with more thoughtful and heartwarming videos. Your body will reflect the tension you see in the movie! It’s a natural reponse that you can be aware of and actively counteract.
Vedas/Woodlands Functional Family Medicine is 10 minutes from I-45 (Houston’s North Freeway) and a step off The Woodlands Parkway. We look forward to helping you successfully wait out the Covid fatigue and emerge into a healthy new year!