How to prevent & manage Lockdown Fatigue




Tips to recognise, prevent & manage Lockdown Fatigue





Restrictions imposed on our lives as a result of living in & out of lockdown, are causing psychological, physical, & emotional effects, including physical & mental exhaustion.


Lockdown fatigue is a state of exhaustion caused by the long-term effects of Covid-19. It’s a complex fatigue that is cumulative due to the extraordinary way Covid-19 has affected our lives & the ongoing problems it presents us. We’re constantly having to adjust to new measures & have lost our old normal way of life.


And any loss brings grief.


You may feel sadness, anger & fear


You may experience a lack of morale & optimism, hopelessness & depression


The relentlessness of the virus may cause irritability & negativity


You may experience a lack of control & certainty, resulting in confusion, difficulty making decisions & maintaining a routine


So how do we manage or prevent lockdown fatigue?


• Be kind to yourself, feel your feelings & express them. It’s ok to not be ok.


• Be kind to others. We’re all in this together.


• Take time away from the media & news.


• Connect with people in your work/personal life. We may be physically isolated from friends & family, so it’s important to reach out & connect in any ways we can.


• Try to keep healthy routines of work, fun, relaxation, sleep, exercise, food & water. As our lives are turned upside down, it’s important to hold on to our health, both physically & mentally.


• If you’re having negative thoughts – try to balance each negative thought with a positive one. Keep up or go back to mental health strategies such as breathing & Cognitive behavioral exercises


•Use this time to start a new project or hobby & stay productive.


• Be open to accepting help & support. Don’t be afraid to say you’re not coping to a friend or relative.


• Reach out to a psychologist or GP


And remember, this won’t last forever.


*If you’re struggling with lockdown fatigue, or any aspect of covid-19, you can still seek support. Many GPs & psychologists offer Telehealth appts & hotline resources are available:


Lifeline 13 11 14


Beyond Blue Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service

1800 512 348


The National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080

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