When lockdowns were first announced, many people were charged with energy and desire to flatten the curve. Now, many weeks in, the prolonged cocktail of stress, anxiety, isolation and disrupted routines has left many people feeling drained. When faced with a threat, our minds and bodies activate the stress response known as fight-or-flight. We’ve evolved this response because it helped us stay alive in the face of danger. It preps us to either fight or run for our lives. Over the last few months, the drawn-out threat of COVID-19 has thrown nearly everyone into the extremes of chronic stress. And the effects of chronic COVID-19 stress now have their own name: caution fatigue.
How to Safely Deal with Caution Fatigue
- Engage in Energy-Boosting Activities
Maybe 10 minutes of yoga or a long phone conversation with a friend makes you feel energized.
- Invest in Your Health
Chronic stress takes a toll on your body, as well as your mind. You’ll be in a better position to deal with caution fatigue if your body is healthy.
The basics of regular sleep, plenty of water, healthy food, and regular exercise are all you need. You don’t have to adopt a trendy diet or do a gruelling workout, but maintaining a baseline of healthy habits will make caution fatigue less exhausting.
- Make Time for Gratitude
Investing in gratitude can make the effects of long-term stress less painful. For example, a gratitude journal can help reduce feelings of unhappiness. It won’t completely eliminate stress, but it will help.
- Maintain a Routine
A lot of our stress and resulting caution fatigue stems from the dramatic ways in which the pandemic has disrupted our routines. Creating a new routine during this time might make things feel more normal, so you can focus on staying safe.
Your new routine might involve a regular bedtime, a weekly meal plan, a morning workout, or whatever works for you. Don’t overschedule yourself, but, rather, try to come up with a simple routine you can easily stick to.
- Take a Media Break
Staying informed is important, but constantly following COVID-19 news can actually desensitize you to the threat and raise your stress level even further.
Consider reducing your media consumption if it’s been high. Try catching up on news in batches. Take a bit of time each day to catch up on the headlines, but then spend a few hours (or a full day) away from the news.
- Consult a Medical Professional
Most people are likely experiencing caution fatigue on some level. However, if you’re feeling extremely depressed, fatigued, anxious, or otherwise affected, consult your doctor.
Concerns about your financial situation and debt are most likely contributing to your caution fatigue. See help from a professional to help you manage your debt situation. The Armani professionals are ready to offer advice. Contact them now