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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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