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Pandemic fatigue? Even Introverts have their limits

Introverts love spending time alone, but even we have our limits. As the pandemic is waning on, the uncertainty, loss, waning expectations, limits on what to look forward to, is taking its toll on all of us. If you feeling a dose of pandemic fatigue, you are not alone.

The WHO describes pandemic fatigue as as being “demotivated” and exhausted with the demands of life during the COVID crisis.

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Quarantine, social distancing and lockdowns has offered Introverts a reprieve from so many energy draining activities. Living in a state of uncertainty for this long is not only unnatural, its also very hard. Our social calendars where empty for a long time, but as people starting adapting to COVID and lockdown, those calendars stating filling up with everything virtual. Meetings, family gatherings, funerals, school, workshops, seminars, courses, gym, even virtual tours started filling our calendars. And because its lockdown, everyone expects you to be available. The world then came into your living space. That same living space which has been your place of solitude as an introvert. You could no longer retreat to your solitude, because now the world has made its home within your home. The result, for introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between, is the bizarre feeling of being socially overwhelmed despite the fact that we’re staying as far away from each other as much as we can. This week we ran into friends at a restaurant, and the topic came up about what I do. Extroverted friends that admitted the pandemic has made them very introverted as well. So this advice, whilst more suited to Introverts, can very easily apply to once extroverted personalities.

How do you know you have pandemic fatigue?

  1. You are experiencing burnout

  2. You may experience a sense of anxiety about the future

  3. Becoming less willing to comply with the Covid-19 protocols and guidelines

  4. Being emotionally exhausted

Tips for Coping with pandemic fatigue

Validate your feelings

Practicing acceptance and realistically adjusting or letting go of our expectations is one way to feel better. Since we have no end date for this pandemic, it's helpful to take small steps toward releasing your expectations and accepting that this is your reality (at least for now).

Keep your routines

Narrow your focus to those routines that are necessary for maintaining your livelihood and basic health needs like eating well and getting good sleep. These often have the biggest influence on how stressed you feel.

Strengthen your relationships with people who are most important to you

If you’re feeling fatigued and overwhelmed, it may benefit you more to lean into established relationships. These relationships can give you a sense of connection and community.

Build your Resilience

Remind yourself of all you’ve successfully overcome in the past. Practice mindfulness and gratitude. What we focus on, we feel, and gratitude shifts our focus to what we do have, grounding us in the present moment. When we’re grateful, there’s no room for the past and future thinking that creates so much stress in our lives.

Exercise to build your brain resilience, not only your body resilience.

Focus on what's within your control

What you focus on, you feel, and if you’re focusing on all the things that are outside your control during this pandemic, you’re likely feeling pretty anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, and maybe even a little fearful. But if you begin paying attention to what you’re focusing on and keep your focus on what you can control, you’ll begin to feel better, and both your actions and your interactions will reflect this.

I encourage you to begin asking yourself these three questions whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious from this crisis:

  • What am I focusing on?

  • Is this something outside of my control?

  • If so, what can I focus on instead that I can control?

Create a bucket list of things to look forward to

I am a very optimistic person. But every so often I find myself feeling flat/ demotivated, little energy, dealing with brain fog and disconnected. I thought about it and realized I had little things that I looked forward to. Although I’m an introvert and love spending the majority of my time at home, I’m also a planner and love experiences. Much of life’s joy is wrapped up in expectation. When we can no longer make plans with confidence or look forward to vacations, weddings, or other happy events — we tend to struggle emotionally and psychologically. Making a list of things to look forward to helps with this.